Peacehaven Heights Curriculum Intent
Our curriculum is underpinned by our core values of:
At Peacehaven Heights Primary School and Nursery, we provide all children with a broad, balanced and enriching programme of study, which fulfils the requirements of the National Curriculum 2014. We strongly believe that every child should be given learning opportunities to develop as independent, confident, successful learners with high aspirations who know how to make a positive contribution to their community and the wider society. There is a high focus on developing children’s moral, spiritual, social and cultural understanding. Peacehaven Heights Primary School ensures that children are well prepared for life in modern Britain.
Pupils at all levels are helped to achieve their potential. Those who are most able are challenged, by being encouraged to expand their skills and knowledge through varied curriculum opportunities. Those who find learning more difficult are encouraged and given targeted support to embed skills in order to support them to develop at their own pace and to learn in a style that best suits their individual needs.
The focus on curriculum development is always carefully designed to ensure coverage and progression. Peacehaven Heights Primary School provides pupils with memorable experiences, in addition to diverse and rich opportunities from which children can learn and develop a range of transferable skills. Subject leaders play an important part in the success of the curriculum by leading a regular programme of monitoring, evaluation and review.
The curriculum implementation is intended to provide children with ambition, learn new and exciting concepts and deepen subject knowledge through a progressive model. Physical development, well-being and mental health are key elements that support the development of the whole child and promote a positive attitude to learning. At Peacehaven Heights, Jigsaw, the mindful approach to PSHE, is implemented to support pupils to learn, in an age-appropriate way, to set goals, work towards them, celebrate their successes and learn the strategies and resilience to deal with setbacks.
The outdoor environment and the local community are considered an opportunity for active learning for all our pupils. A feature of our inclusive curriculum is ‘Beach School’ which equips our pupils with strategies to raise self-esteem and develop problem solving skills.
Our aim is to deliver an exciting, innovative English curriculum which enables and empowers children's written and oral communication and creativity. English is taught to enable children to imitate the key vocabulary and sentence structures they need to develop writing skills. Through clear modelling and shared writing, pupils are supported to innovate the text by mirroring key ideas and vocabulary. Pupils then apply the skills they have developed to produce independent writing.
In addition, children experience lessons on grammar, punctuation, spelling and handwriting. Children undertake daily guided reading sessions and use online programs to
support and enhance learning in this area. We also use a range of reading schemes such as Big Cats and Rigby Rockets. These are organised into book bands to support progression in reading. Children also have access to a library with a rich variety of decodable texts and picture books that they can borrow to support their reading.
The mathematics curriculum is delivered through a framework entitled The White Rose Scheme of Work. We utilise the White Rose planning schedule to develop a teaching for mastery curriculum which enables children to develop their reasoning, investigative and problem solving skills. A key element of the mastery curriculum is to promote the use of concrete resources to support understanding. Pupils are encouraged to visually represent concepts to access the more formal written calculations.
In addition to this, we focus on developing skills in maths fluency and fact recall. Timestable Rockstars enables pupils to practise their times table and related division facts in a structured way.