At Pauntley we aim to provide a curriculum that:
- - is broad and balanced
- - engages and motivates the children
- - meets the statutory requirements of the new curriculum
- - is distinctive to the needs of our pupils and our community
- - prepares children for life in modern Britain
Staff plan carefully to ensure the children cover the new National Curriculum. This is done through stimulating and cross curricular themes. A thorough knowledge of each child means that individual needs are met, supported and challenged. Planning and delivery enable our children leave the Infants and Juniors with all the skills and knowledge to allow them to start their journey through the next key stage.
Children are taught English and Maths every day and the other subjects may be taught weekly or as part of a block of lessons over a series of weeks.
As a Church of England School we follow Gloucestershire’s Agreed Syllabus for the teaching of Religious Education and the children are taught R.E. weekly.
At Pauntley we use the ‘Essentials Curriculum,’ a teacher friendly curriculum from Chris Quigley that sets out the essential coverage, learning objectives and standards of the new curriculum. His ‘Essentials Curriculum’ meets and exceeds the standards in the new curriculum.
We believe that learning takes time and that some children take longer than others to achieve. The Essentials Curriculum focuses on the depth of learning rather than just quantity so the Milestones will be met initially to a basic level, working through advancing to a deep level. We believe deep learning takes time.
The child's depth of learning in Science and the foundation subjects is assessed at the end of a particular unit or topic.
The milestones do, however, meet all the standards of the new curriculum.
Staff will plan topics that engage their pupils. These topics may last a whole term or even just a few weeks. Staff may change the learning that is taking place, if, for example, a major world event occurs that sparks an interest with the pupils, e.g., a volcanic eruption.
Staff will not over plan topics so that there is time to explore the interests of the children or even the staff themselves.