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Our approach to curriculum design

In September 2018 we set about a journey, refining our curriculum to ensure it met the needs of our school community. We explored some key curriculum design ideas to provide us with an outward and forward thinking curriculum. We are determined that every child has the best possible start. To further develop social mobility at Stramongate, we have drawn on the expertise, knowledge and experience of our staff to identifiy barriers to learning amongst our children. In the light of this we have then reviewed how we enrich the curriculum so it inspires our children, builds character, provides a broad range of experiences and a breadth of opportunity. 

We believe our curriculum is customised, personalised and designed for the needs of all our children. As our learners progress through Stramongate they can be assured of a warm, friendly and exciting time in each year group. Our strong learning centred ethos is engaging and at the heart of our key message “Learning is Fun at Stramongate

Our Curriculum Priorities

*children know how to lead healthy and fulfilling lives

*children know how to overcome challenging situations, to persevere and succeed

*children enjoy their learning and achieve their very best

*children invest in themselves and those around them; making positive contributions to their community

*children develop a strong sense of self-worth and their own individuality

*children explore, assess and manage risk and manage their own wellbeing

*children will be well-prepared for the next stage in their lives.


Our Subject Leaders

Each class teacher is responsible for leading and developing a subject area across the primary age range.Regular staff meetings and other professional development events allow Subject Leaders to continually improve their subject area whilst also providing a forum to share useful resources and other findings. Subject Leaders have clear action plans giving them a strategic overview whilst linking into the annual whole school development plan drivers. Subject Leaders have time away from their class teaching commitment to allow for monitoring and evaluation of the impact of their subject plans. Individual subject data is available for Subject Leaders to analyse and this is made available annually. This allows Subject Leaders to investigate at an individual pupil and cohort level, the percentages of children working at, towards or beyond the expected National Curriculum standards for each year group, whilst supporting teachers in planning the next steps in learning.


Our school culture and aims

Our curriculum has been carefully designed, planned and organised. We believe that the substance of our education prepares children well for the challenges they will face in life and their next stage of education. Our fundamental principle is that every child will achieve their highest possible outcomes in their academic and personal development. When planning the curriculum we have looked at the standard we expect every child to achieve and what deep learning looks like.  Our broad, balanced and full curriculum clearly supports the culture and aims of Stramongate School where we want our children to:

*Enjoy and achieve in their learning

*Stay safe in their learning and play

*Choose healthy, active lifestyles with Wellbeing at the centre.

*Make a positive contribution to their school and wider community

*Begin the journey towards achieving economic wellbeing.

We aspire to create and develop successful learners who enjoy learning, make good progress, achieving highly. Our children will be confident individuals, able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives. They will be responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.

Our approach to Breadth, Depth and Balance

Breadth - at Stramongate school careful analysis and discussion about our pupils’ backgrounds, life experiences and culture has helped us to design our current curriculum. We have designed and planned our curriculum to offer a range of experiences which contribute to every child receiving a full and rich curriculum.  The range of experiences we offer support and champion our culture and ensures that our children benefit from a full range of academic, spiritual, moral, social and cultural activities.  These activities enrich their lives and those of our whole school community and make them proud of their British values and diverse society to which they belong and play an active part. We are proud that our curriculum gives our children the skills, confidence and self-belief to lead a happy and fulfilled life by encouraging them to aim high and work towards their goals and dreams in life.


Depth - our definition of progress is: the widening and deepening of essential knowledge, skills, understanding and learning behaviours.  We design, organise and plan our curriculum to ensure that children are not merely covering content but achieving a depth to their learning which enables them to use their skills and understanding in all areas of the curriculum. Our careful curriculum design and planning means we build in many opportunities for intelligent repetition and practise opportunities for essential knowledge, skills and understanding in every subject. This ensures that children are able to revisit previous learning, which allows them to gradually develop a deeper understanding of the skills and processes within subjects, at their own pace and in the best possible way for each individual child. We aim to move  children’s thinking to a higher order deep level of understanding in order to make best use of new facts and knowledge. 


Balance - it is our underlying belief that every child should feel valued and experience the feeling of success in a wide range of curriculum areas. We believe that through the curriculum we can impact on what is in children’s heads and how they feel about themselves, so that they feel clever, confident and ready to tackle any challenge they may face. We have designed, organised and planned our curriculum to ensure every child receives an appropriate mix of academic and personal development which means that in practice our curriculum places equal importance on core and foundation subjects. 

In Stramongate we place high priority on ensuring children’s physical and mental wellbeing are met. We understand that children will not be successful learners unless they are emotionally secure, therefore we carefully design our curriculum and adopt a flexible approach to timetabling to ensure that we can meet and respond to any issues which may arise. Children’s physical and mental wellbeing are as valued and important as academic development. We carefully monitor children’s progress with their personal development and our well planned and thoughtful approach to SMSC helps to ensure that every child is well cared for and supported. Our balanced approach to the curriculum is not at the expense of high standards in core subject areas. High standards and enabling children to reach national expectations and above is of vital importance if they are to succeed at the next stage of their education and go on to achieve full and happy lives and careers. Our full and rich curriculum, with its excellent range of experiences, ensures that every pupil at Stramongate School makes excellent progress both academically and personally. Our unique curriculum ensures that every child is given the opportunity to shine and flourish. 

Special characteristics of our Year groups

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