What does a broad and balanced curriculum look like at LMPS?
At Lady Margaret Primary School, we strive to provide children with a curriculum that is rich in variety of knowledge and experience in school, no matter what their skills and abilities, and regardless of their personal circumstances.
We use high quality text, and have half termly ‘hook’ events linked to topics, to engage learners, impart knowledge and enhance skills. Each year group, will have at least six different opportunities to take part in a variety of trips and experiences.
We have worked rigorously to design a curriculum suitable for all of our children, while maintaining high standards in English and mathematics. This is evident through our half termly curriculum coverage maps.
Our curriculum contributes to the social, moral, spiritual and cultural development of pupils through all aspects of school life and particularly through the teaching of beliefs and values, RSE, rights respecting and our ambassador system, as we strive to prepare our children for life in Britain today.
If you have any questions in relation to the curriculum please speak to your child’s class teacher.
How we developed our curriculum
The staff at LMPS invested time to completely revise the school curriculum in light of the revised national curriculum changes effective from 2014.
We reviewed what we considered to be key elements of a high quality curriculum and built these aspects into our teaching such as outdoor learning, use of experts and school trips to enhance topics, celebration of our cultural diversity and the development of tolerant and respectful citizens.
Our topics at Lady Margaret Primary School
Our topics are stimulated by high quality texts and we have worked closely with the CLPE to select texts carefully to engage the pupils fully in their learning. All topics are enhanced by home learning sheets to guide parents on activities they may do with their child to support their learning. We begin each topic with a session to seek the views of pupils about their knowledge in order to ascertain what they already know and what they would like to learn.
Our planning at Lady Margaret Primary School
Planning is then modified to respond to this feedback to ensure it is appropriately pitched. We punctuate our timetable with the use of immersion days for particular curriculum areas or projects we are involved in which provides excellent opportunities for children to explore subjects and deeper their learning. Classrooms reflect the topic focus with high quality displays and questions to promote further thinking.
This year at Lady Margaret Primary School
We focus on topic ‘launch days’ to ensure all topics start with an engaging event to excite and inspire pupils. The curriculum has a mixture of integrated work and discrete elements; if subjects can be taught meaningfully through the cross curricular topic approach we aim to do this. However, when subjects need to be taught discretely teachers plan lessons accordingly.