The Clent curriculum has been designed in line with our motto 'Engage. Believe. Achieve'.
The aim of our curriculum is to promote a thirst for knowledge, engagement with the world around us, a strong sense of self belief and a love of learning. It is a broad and balanced curriculum that enthuses children and provides opportunities for excellence. Our school values are very important and we aim for our children to be compassionate, responsible, friendly, honest, to forgive and have a respect for everyone. We have high expectations for our children and give them equal opportunities to achieve their full potential both academically and socially.
Our children learn best when learning is meaningful, purposeful and develops transferable skills. This means that our teaching is child centered. Each element of classroom practice is designed based on how children learn best with: daily reviews, new material introduced in small steps, careful questioning, teacher models, guided practice and independent application.
Learning is exciting and will often begin with a hook or a dilema to spark the children's enthusiasm and engagement. Creativity is very important to use, and we understand the importance of children 'standing on the shoulders of giants', giving children a solid foundation of knowledge which they can then apply independently.
National Curriculum statutory requirements are fulfilled and the Clent curriculum ensures that opportunities are broad, balanced and fit for purpose so our pupils can understand, contribute to and succeed in modern Britain
The journey to become an effective writer starts in Oak class. We fully understand that children need to become confident and proficient in whole body gross motor skills before they can pick up a pencil and engage in fine motor skills thus we provide and encourage running, jumping and climbing in our carefully planned outdoor environment. Throughout Oak class children learn through play opportunities that foster language rich interactions. Adults model talk and we recognise that immersing children in language is a key step to developing young writers. We use a ‘helicopter’ writing approach with our youngest children, where the child tells the adult their story and the adult scribes it verbatum. It puts the child in the role of writer from a very early age. It reinforces the connection between spoken and written words and gives pupils the opportunity to see how ingenious mark making and letters can be which in turn inspires them to explore writing in their own way. It does not take long before the children are asking to take the pen themselves! Alongside this, phonics teaching shows the children how to write (and read) different letters and sounds, building up in Key Stage 1 to increasingly complex words. From Year 1 to 6 each unit starts with a ‘cold write’, an assessment piece which shows the teacher the next steps the child needs on their writing journey. Teaching is carefully tailored to need and skills are explicitly taught. At the end of every unit the children complete an assessment piece which shows the progress that they have made. Their assessment pieces are carefully moderated to ensure the highest standards of accuracy. Here at Clent Primary School we fully embrace Pie Corbett’s Talk for Writing approach. This supports the children to imitate key language and structures from texts. They also rehearse texts both orally and pictorally before writing. Our aim is for all of our children to become effective and enthusiastic writers, to write with style and flair, with an awareness of the reader and with grammatical accuracy. Ultimately we want them to be able to express themselves confidently within whichever genre they choose.
Children start to learn formal spelling rules when they have a secure knowledge of phase 3 letters and sounds. They are taught how to spell using specific patterns and rules. The emphasis is on the application of the rules in the children’s writing (not just learning them for a test). We follow the No Nonsense spelling approach which ensures progression from phonics to pattern seeking and rules. Each class group has specific and timetabled slots for spelling, including a list of common exception words. All spelling content comes from the National Curriculum 2014. Spelling tests are sent home on a weekly basis in Elm and Beech classes. Key words are sent home for Oak and Ash classes on an ad hoc basis. Our aim is for all children to be confident and proficient spellers.
We pride ourselves in providing a high quality Physical Education curriculum that plays a vital role in the children’s development. We follow the Early Years foundation stage curriculum and the National Curriculum for Years 1 to 6. We employ a PE specialist who ensures provision is of the highest possible standard and develops staff skills. We also employ a coach for hockey and athletics ensuring our children get the best possible provision. We aim to provide opportunities for our children to be physically confident and physically literate in ways that support their mental well-being. At Clent we are committed to providing children opportunities to become collaborative and competitive learners through a wide range of sporting and other physical activities.
Art, Design and Technology
We strongly believe that art plays a vital role in children’s physical, cultural, social and emotional development. Art allows people to express their individuality and emotion and is integral to the development of a healthy and balanced lifestyle. The art curriculum at Clent is exciting and diverse, culminating in our Year 6 trip to Ingestre Hall. The children cover a wide range of skills. Each class completes units to develop skills in drawing, painting, printing and sculpture. They also learn about specific artists. Our design and technology curriculum develops children’s abilities to explore, plan and evaluate their idea in an exciting and engaging way. Working creatively and imaginatively they design and make products, incorporating the skills of measuring, cutting, joining, sewing and food preparation.
Relationships and Health Education
Relationships and health education becomes statutory from September 2020. There is, as the name would suggest, a focus on children developing healthy relationships with others and a good knowledge and understanding of how to keep themselves safe both physically and mentally. Our named Mental Health first aider is Mrs Arthurs and she is ably supported by Miss Stockley.