The Kilmorie Curriculum

The Kilmorie curriculum is broad, rich, immersive and purposeful with a balance of both knowledge and skills.  The intention of our curriculum is to enable our pupils to be successful citizens of the future with a great love for learning that will stay with them for their adult life. As well as academic achievement we strive to develop the children’s emotional intelligence and their ability to communicate effectively. We believe passionately that children should develop an understanding of the process of learning, be reflective and have the confidence to experiment, investigate and explore.

In order to achieve this, teachers use their expertise in pedagogy, subject knowledge and high-quality resources, including the use of technology and hands-on artefacts. Children have opportunities to work in partners, small groups and individually. This extends their understanding by allowing them to explore and experiment with ideas and to learn from their peers. At Kilmorie we strive to provide an inclusive and diverse curriculum that represents our local community and the history of our islands, which provides opportunities for children to understand the world they live in.

Currently we are developing our curriculum consciously and positively in the following ways:

  • completing regular auditing and assessing to improve inclusion and diversity
  • regularly reviewing topics and including historically accurate representations of history and society e.g. learning about John Blanke, the trumpeter who was part of the Tudor court of Henry VII and Henry VIII.

  • including books which celebrate our diverse community

  • choosing artists from diverse backgrounds as the focus for our annual art exhibition such as that of Jacob Lawrence, our focus artist in Summer 2020

Brownstone, 1958 by Jacob Lawrence

How do we organise our curriculum and what do we teach?

Early Years Foundation Stage

The Prime Areas

  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language

The Specific Areas

  • Literacy
  • Mathematic
  • Expressive Arts
  • Understanding of the World

EYFS curriculum

Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

In Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) and Key stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6) we follow the National Curriculum and teach the following subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Modern Foreign Language (French), Geography, History, Art and Design, Design Technology, Computing, Music, Physical Education, Religious Education, Relationship and Sex Education, Personal, Social and Health Education.  We organise the subjects across six curriculum areas:

  • Mental and Physical Well Being
  • Communication and Language
  • English
  • Maths
  • Expressive Arts and Design
  • Understanding of the World

Curriculum areas in Key Stage 1 and 2

How do we assess what the children have learnt?

Assessment is a key part of teaching and learning and teachers use it to inform their planning, both in the short and long term. This includes assessing coverage of the areas of learning, progress and the assessment of the characteristics of effective learning as well as annual statutory assessments. Assessment informs judgements and decisions teachers have to make on a daily basis and is used to summarise children’s learning at the end of a period of time (e.g. end of unit, term or year).  Teachers assess children using a wide range of strategies and use the information gained from this to ensure that all children’s learning needs are catered for.

Assessment allows the school to situate learners on a national benchmark, offer accurate feedback to parents and keep them informed about their children’s progress.

Assessment informs feedback, enabling children to reflect on their learning and improve their work.

What are the characteristics of effective learning?

In the Early Years it is a statutory requirement to assess the characteristics of effective learning; an assessment that looks at the ways in which children learn (EYFS curriculum). How children learn is as important as what they learn and is pivotal to enabling them to be effective learners throughout life.

At Kilmorie we have extended this assessment of how children learn across KS1 and KS2. The three areas assessed are:

  • Motivation – This looks at pupils’ active learning i.e. their involvement and interest in their learning, resilience and persistence in finding ways to tackle challenging tasks and enjoying a sense of achievement when they complete a task
  • Engagement – This looks at how children make sense of the world through exploring and developing learning experiences i.e. being curious, engaging in open ended activities, using their senses to explore the world around them and having a ‘can do’ attitude that allows them to take risks and initiate ideas.
  • Thinking – This includes both creative and critical thinking i.e. developing their own ideas to solve problems, making links and noticing patterns, planning, reviewing and changing strategy when necessary.

In order to assess these areas, it is paramount that our provision for Kilmorie children gives opportunities to develop the characteristics of effective learning.  For further information as to how they are assessed across the different age ranges please see characteristics of effective learning.

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