At Clatford School we learn and grow together with love, respect and courage and this ethos sits at the heart of our curriculum.
We also know that every child matters and believe that every child can be a happy, safe and positive lifelong learner.
We want every child in our school to leave at the end of Year 6, well equipped for the challenges of being a young adult learners in an ever-changing and complex world. We know this means providing them with a broad and balanced curriculum but also one that ensures there are opportunities for each child to develop in their understanding of themselves as individuals, as learners, as British citizens and as spiritual beings.
The key principles behind the design of our curriculum are for our children to:
- Show courage: Develop resilience for all that allows children to be successful both personally and academically.
- Show love: Develop empathy and compassion whilst valuing diversity :
- Show Respect: Recognise and learn how to treat others in the way that we wish to be treated ourselves.
- Show Learning: Develop skills and knowledge across the whole curriculum and make positive academic progress and achievement that will become a stepping stone for a positive journey through secondary school, whilst building a love of learning for life.
- Show Growing Together: To be culturally knowledgeable about our country and our world.
- Show belief: Have aspirations for the future and know that these can be reached through hard work and determination. To develop an understanding of Christian stories that we can learn from together as lessons for life.
Ultimately, we want all of our children, to be the best they can be, making a positive contribution to the world they live in.
Children are expected to work hard and demonstrate positive learning behaviours to both maximise their own individual learning potential as well as contribute to the school and wider community. Our positive reward systems, such as house points and our learner of the week awards, support this practically and recognise good practice from the children. We have high expectations of attendance, academic achievement and pupil behaviour. We are committed to working in partnership with parents as we believe that when home and school work closely together we get the best outcomes for our pupils.
Our pupils have access to a wide range of opportunities which promote personal safety and pupil voice with all children being actively involved in whole school decision making through the School Council and many positions of responsibility. Our curriculum recognises the importance of pupils’ physical and mental well-being in shaping their long term life-style choices. PSHE is taught discretely and we encourage all children to be an active voice in their own safety and wellbeing.
Our teachers model the learning they want to see and through doing so, and exploring the learning process through metacognition, they develop pupil thinking in a way that will be applicable to the children’s development in the future.
In order to raise aspirations and equip children with a real belief that they can achieve anything if they are prepared to work hard, it is imperative that we prioritise experiential learning within our curriculum. Visitors are regularly invited into school, educational and residential visits are carefully chosen to deepen understanding and we make the most of our beautiful outdoor learning environment to enhance hands-on learning experiences.
Continuing Professional Development for all staff is a priority to ensure they have the necessary skills and knowledge to deliver the highest standards across the entire curriculum. Music, art and sports specialists work alongside teaching staff to enhance curriculum delivery. Subject Leaders continue to develop the necessary expertise to play a pivotal role in both the design and delivery of their subject area; ensuring a clear progression of both skills and knowledge across all year groups. They can confidently articulate how learning is re-visited and developed year-on-year, to ensure a real depth of learning right across the school.
- Our children develop intrinsic Clatford Courage that can be a tool for life.
- Our children develop Love and Respect, in order to form meaningful relationships based upon mutual respect and trust, recognising and celebrating difference, not only within the school community, but in the wider world as well.
- Our children have access to a wide and varied curriculum, allowing each of them to excel as individuals and be the best they can be.
- Our children are well prepared to access the challenges of the secondary school curriculum.
- Our children have aspirations for the future and know that these can be realised with hard work and determination.
- Our children embrace our motto of ‘learn and grow together’ and grow up being able to make a positive contribution to the world in which they live.