Our school has three departments – Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception), Key Stage 1 (Y1 & Y2) and Key Stage 2 (Y3, Y4, Y5 & Y6).
School is organised into mixed ability classes according to age. All our children’s learning is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and the National Curriculum.
To obtain additional information about the curriculum please click here – https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum
Please contact your child’s Class Teacher if you need any further clarification.
How we learn at Linacre
Our curriculum is exciting and innovative. It builds on skills and revisits knowledge and is carefully planned. We strategically plan experiences to engage and enhance learning, for example visits outside of school and visitors coming into school. At the heart of the teaching sequence are the needs and interests of the children. The clear progression and sequence of our curriculum enables pupils to make connections and therefore retain knowledge. Our curriculum is broad and balanced but also incorporates basic skills including arithmetic, grammar and reading. It is these clear links and opportunities that are developing our children’s understanding and raising standards. We are including a variety of different strategies to encourage pupils to be independent and resilient learners. This includes developing metacognitiove practices, for example working walls, prompts and vocabulary on desks for pupils to refer to.
The aims of our curriculum are:
- To ensure that all pupils are given the best learning opportunities regardless of background.
- To plan and deliver a curriculum that is clearly sequenced, building on knowledge from both previous year groups and lessons.
- To make sure that pupils are provided with secure skills in preparation for future learning.
- To develop confidence and self esteem, and to prepare pupils to work well with others.
- To promote curiosity and to encourage pupils to question why.
- To develop pupils reasoning, problem solving and explaining skills.
- To prepare pupils for the next stage in their education, and in life beyond school.
- To promote positive attitudes to learning to enable pupils to have a positive experience of school, and to be prepared for learning in the future.
- To be positive citizens and contribute to society.
- To appreciate and be respectful of other people’s beliefs.
- To understand that there have to be equal rights for everybody.
Linacre Primary School has carefully implemented a curriculum which reflects the Linacre Golden Values – Learn, Inclusive, Nurture, Aspirational, Challenge, Resilience and Excellence. A high quality education and high standards and expectations are consistently the driver of our curriculum. Pupils are stretched to be the best that they can be, while also making sure that individual pupils are recognised as individuals. The children are taught that they are valued citizens in our community, and that they all have a part to play.
- Our curriculum instils the idea that children are not just children, but writers, mathematicians, artists, historians etc. This is to raise the aspirations of our children, to encourage them to strive to be the best.
- Our Continuous Professional Development is identified and tailored to the needs of our school and staff. We liaise with different professionals to support school with this, as well as sharing good practice from colleagues. This ensures that our curriculum is delivered as intended and in turn achieves high standards.
- Lessons are taught using a clear sequence. Pupils receive feedback in a variety of different ways to guide and shape their learning and understanding. Our carefully designed curriculum ensures that children build on the knowledge acquired from previous year groups, as well as reviewing content that has previously been taught.
- Reading has a high profile at Linacre. It is taught using a range of different approaches, which are age appropriate. Linacre is dedicated to the Read, Write, Inc Scheme for the early teaching of Phonics and Reading. Pupils develop their comprehension skills using the Reciprocal Read approach using high quality texts.
- Pupils have opportunities to apply their writing skills in a variety of ways, including across the curriculum.
- Pupils are frequently assessed. This information is used to challenge and support pupils learning and understanding. Appropriate intervention is planned and delivered for to achieve this.
- Linacre prides itself in providing high quality learning experiences, including local visits outside of school, and visitors to school. This addresses social disadvantage and provides pupils of all backgrounds to have the equal opportunities.
- The implementation of the curriculum is reviewed ongoing.
Our school curriculum has a positive impact upon our earners. This is reflected in core subjects through outcomes in statutory assessments, which are summarised below:
Children enter the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) with abilities below those typical for their age, making at least good progress through the EYFS and entering KS1 with standards in line with national averages. Pupils continue to build on the solid foundations in KS1 and throughout KS2.