This year has been a very different school experience to the one that we are all used to. We've learnt a new meaning for the word 'bubble' and we are constantly reminding each other to 'stay safe' and 'remember hands, face, space.' Our school community has upheld the school's vision by being resilient in these times of change and uncertainty. We have worked together to develop our home learning, to communicate the curriculum effectively with our families and between staff both working from home and at school. We have shown resilience by coping with change and increasing demands on us as learners, parents and educators.
In July 2020, the school revised the curriculum provision and everyone participated in a project called Journey. This was based upon a book called Journey by Aaron Becker. The text sought to enable our children to return to school with their voices, prepared to share their stories and their journey over the 6 months before school began in September. From September 2020 we continued our journey. Looking at a picture book and developing the topic throughout the term as part of our Recovery Curriculum. There was a huge focus on well-being, active learning and resilience.
We plan our Curriculum using Cornerstones. This was introduced a number of years ago and is a creative approach to learning. This ensures that children learn in the most creative way and are involved in what they are learning. Cornerstones covers all objectives in the National Curriculum.
Cornerstones is based on the Four Cornerstones of Learning: Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express.
Engage stage- Children will have memorable, first-hand experiences to begin their topic. This could be anything from a visitor from the past coming to meet them, or a trip out to the local area. This stage could be about initial research into the topic, developing language related to the topic or having sensory experiences.
Develop stage- Children will ‘dig deeper’ in order to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of the topic in different areas of the curriculum. This will include investigating, exploring, researching and following new pathways based on their own interests. They will also complete a homework grid which will be based on the topic and developed by the class teachers.
Innovate stage- Children will apply their skills that they have learnt in real-life contexts and be challenged with problems to solve. This may be through creative learning opportunities. They will also have time to revisit previous skills taught and have time to embed these skills.
Express stage- Children will have opportunities to share what they have learnt and their achievements in a variety of ways. This may be through parent open afternoons, sharing with the church and local community or other year groups and performances.
The curriculum is based on a two year rolling programme to ensure that all objectives from the National Curriculum are covered in each key stage.
We follow the ‘Understanding Christianity’ Curriculum for all of our RE teaching.
Medium Term Plans
Our Wider Curriculum
The Governors and staff at Eastchurch believe that a key role for primary education is to prepare pupils for a happy and successful next stage of their education and later life. Our Wider Curriculum is geared to achieving our goal of ensuring that our pupils are ‘Ready for Life’ because the school firstly teaches and embeds the required knowledge and skills at each year group level, and then provides each child with the opportunity to apply what they have been taught in the form of investigative problem-solving scenarios. Wherever possible these are related to the world outside of the classroom.
While we have the highest of expectations for our pupils within the classroom, this is only a part of the learning experience that we offer. We believe in providing a breadth of opportunities for our pupils that will give them the best possible foundations to carry forward into the next stage of their education.
We do our utmost to maximise success for all children by giving them the best teaching and learning experiences. We use a range of teaching methods to suit the needs of the children and the subjects being taught. The core subjects are taught both stand alone and as part of our creative curriculum in which the foundation subjects are taught as part of a themed termly topic.
Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural (SMSC) Development
At Eastchurch, we recognise that the personal development of pupils, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. We therefore aim to provide an education that provides children with opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs; spiritual awareness; high standards of personal behaviour; a positive caring attitude towards other people; an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures. This is embedded throughout all aspects of school life.