At Stanton Community Primary School we believe that for children to achieve the very best of their abilities they need to be inspired, excited and interested in what they are learning. Therefore we have worked hard to ensure that our curriculum is relevant and meaningful for all the children as well as covering what is required through the national curriculum.
At our school we learn through whole school topics; whether the children are in our Foundation class or in Year 6 they will learn through the same topic at their level. This means that all the school displays, outside visitors, school trips and assemblies reinforce the learning for all the children. Our school is very much a whole school learning environment where everybody can learn from each other.
Supporting learning at home is also more straightforward. Parents have commented on how it is easier to support with homework and organise family trips and library books; and conversations at home around the tea table have all the children discussing their learning.
Alongside our topic based learning, building learning powers are embedded throughout all our lessons. We are proud of our curriculum and were delighted by these comments from Ofsted (September 2013):
- Pupils are eager to talk about their work and have very positive attitudes to learning.
- They (the children) have enthusiastically embraced recent changes to the curriculum and are delighted that their views on how to learn, and what topics would be most interesting, are taken into account.
- The school encourages pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development well, both through the imaginative and stimulating curriculum and through opportunities for the whole school to come together,
- Excellent behaviour is the norm, so staff rarely have to resort to specific behaviour management strategies to ensure a calm and purposeful working atmosphere.
For some subjects it is not always appropriate to link them to the topic. Therefore some elements of French, personal, social, health and emotional education, physical education and computing are also taught as discrete subjects.
Religious education is taught through the Suffolk Agreed Syllabus and the school has specific RE days each half term to enable the children to have an extended time to learn about and reflect on different world religions.
Homework consists of the children reflecting on their learning in their ‘learning logs’ and using the Mathletics website.
What Teaching for Depth and Mystery means at our School.