Edith Cavell is a happy, positive and inclusive school, where diversity is celebrated. Our high expectations and distinctive curriculum enables all children to thrive, develop a thirst for knowledge and a lifelong love of learning.
Through providing an environment where children feel safe, valued and respected, we ensure each child has access to our carefully designed curriculum. Children experience both successes and mistakes that develop resilience, deepen understanding and prepare them for life in the 21st Century.
Our curriculum has been designed to encourage experiential learning opportunities within, and beyond the classroom. Through providing these experiences, we ensure children have the opportunity to:
At Edith Cavell, we are committed to providing an enriched and challenging curriculum, with an emphasis on securing lifelong basic skills and a passion for learning. We target potential by challenging expectations of achievement and creating a supportive ethos which is tangible to those who enter the school. Through excellent teaching and learning, and the delivery of a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum, we equip our children with the transferable skills, knowledge and self-confidence that are the secure foundations of learning on which the building blocks of future study and scholarship can be built.
Our ethos of hard work, courtesy and personal responsibility team hand in hand with our commitment to furnishing our children with the core values of respect, honesty and tolerance. These permeate all aspects of the curriculum along with the skills of creativity, resilience and independent thinking.
Our curriculum promotes British Values and can be adapted in response to children’s interests, questions, and local and national events. This enables us to raise standards and reflects our high expectations through an exciting, challenging and happy learning environment.
We follow the Foundation Stage Curriculum for our EYFS classes, the National Curriculum (2014) for KS1 and KS2 and the Locally Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education across the school. Our curriculum is designed to ensure that at whatever stage children join the school, they will become proficient in the basic skills of communicating, reading, writing and calculating. The progression of skills is promoted through our phase-based thematic studies where individual subjects are centred around the use of a quality text.
Classes are taught in a variety of forms: whole class, ability groups, small groups, in pairs and individually. Subject leaders and teachers use their subject specialisms to enthuse the school community as we believe that we learn best when we are excited about the subjects that we are studying. Educational visits, and visitors to school, play a big part in enriching the learning experience and developing cultural capital. Our curriculum is designed to ensure that learning can and does happen anywhere at any time.
Through our curriculum, we ensure that we develop the whole child, allowing them to mature in to well-rounded individuals who confidently and instinctively demonstrate our core values. Our children develop a language of learning that is evident across the school through their interactions and discussions with staff, visitors, parents and each other.
As a result of our diverse, inclusive intake, we have recognised the need for speaking and listening skills to be at the forefront of our curriculum here at Edith Cavell. Through immersing children in vocabulary-rich learning environments, and providing a curriculum which emphasises the importance of talk, we equip children with the vocabulary and skills they need to become confident communicators, both orally and through the written form. We teach our children to speak politely and in full sentences at all times, and we encourage them to ask questions and articulate their ideas fluently. We provide them with a range of opportunities to speak in smaller groups and larger groups, which allows children to develop confidence in their speaking and listening skills.
At Edith Cavell, we believe that reading and comprehension are integral to learning. Evidence shows that a child’s ability to read, process and understand text, underpins their ability to access the entire curriculum. All children are therefore encouraged to read widely and for pleasure. It is recognised, however, that our children are at risk of not reading widely and often, without the fluency and comprehension appropriate to their age. Our approach to reading therefore ensures children acquire a wide body of knowledge, secure the cultural capital they need to succeed, and overcome potential barriers such as disadvantage and SEND.
Specifically, our reading curriculum:
We recognise, at Edith Cavell, that many of our children struggle with standard English and lack the vocabulary necessary to access the writing curriculum at age appropriate levels. As a result, we immerse children in vocabulary-rich environments, with staff modelling correct standard English and providing children with a range of sophisticated vocabulary at all times. When planning, teachers plan practical, real-world activities for children to write about, and provide children with a purpose for their writing. We use Talk for Writing as the basis to our English writing lessons, as this provides children with a model from which they can invent their own, independent writing piece.
Specifically, our writing curriculum:
Mathematics is an essential part of any child’s education. It is a creative and highly cross-curricular discipline. Mathematics is necessary to everyday life, especially as we get older and move through our education and into employment. It is fundamental to science, engineering and technology, and allows our children to become financially literate. A high quality Mathematics education allows us to provide our children with a solid understanding of the world, as well as an appreciation for the intricacies of the subject, and a sense of enjoyment while exploring different areas of Mathematics.
Our aim is for all children to:
At Edith Cavell, we teach our students using a Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract (CPA) approach to the subject. Our Mathematics teaching, from Early Years to Upper Key Stage 2, strives to allow our children to move fluently between the use of concrete apparatus, pictorial representation, and abstract representations, to develop a deep and sustainable understanding of Mathematics.
We teach Mathematics through the use of the White Rose Schemes of Learning. This allows us to teach our children Mathematics that has been organised into distinct and separate domains which connect throughout the school year and between year groups. This enables children to deepen their understanding of given areas of Mathematics from year to year, with appropriate differentiation to support and challenge.
Children experience Mathematics in discreet, daily lessons as well as through cross-curricular links in other subjects.
At Edith Cavell we recognise the importance of Science as a core subject. With a robust knowledge of the methods, processes and uses of Science, our children will develop respect and admiration for the world in which we live.
We encourage our children to be inquisitive about Science; the beginning of a new topic starts with children considering what they would like to know. Natural curiosity is celebrated, and staff support children to understand how they can find answers to their questions.
Teachers plan interesting and exciting lessons, and these high-quality teaching and learning experiences engage and stimulate our children’s desire to learn more. Scientific knowledge is embedded through a practical approach, which sees children utilise a variety of skills such as planning, problem-solving and evaluating. Working as part of a team is vital, and our children learn how to co-operate, share ideas, and use scientific vocabulary when preparing and carrying out their investigations.
Our young scientists will leave this school with a strong foundation of knowledge, developed scientific literacy, and an understanding of how and why science is relevant to their own lives. They will be ready to build on this knowledge, and will look forward to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in their secondary school.
All children at Edith Cavell have the right to rich and inspiring learning experiences in Computing which spark their creativity. We give children the opportunity to use a number of programmes and apps on our laptops and iPads, to create independent computational thinking.
We encourage children to evaluate the use of digital content, alongside teaching them valuable specific internet safety lessons termly. Children are excited about Computer Science, as they learn the skills to program games and animations. Our children have the opportunity to take and edit videos, photographs and audio clips to include in their projects. This, together with the essential skills required to work the technology and the understanding of how it works, ensures our children have a solid grounding for future learning and beyond.
At Edith Cavell, we ensure that children have the opportunity to become curious historians who can reliably interrogate evidence, understand the chronology of significant dates and events in world, British and local history and question the impact that key historical events have had on life in 21st Century Britain.
Our curriculum provides all children with opportunities to:
It is our goal at Edith Cavell for every child to be a happy and enthusiastic student of Geography. Through an engaging and progressive curriculum, we encourage children to develop a curiosity to explore the world in which we live and the people that inhabit it. Learning also takes place beyond the classroom, leading to children amassing a wealth of experiences and knowledge which remain with them long after they have left education.
In Year R we will plant the seed of initial geographical skills and concepts. These skills will be revisited each year as we promote the children’s interest and understanding of diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with developing a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. The skills and knowledge that children develop in this subject area are transferable to other elements of the curriculum. These skills are used to promote their social, moral, spiritual and cultural development.
At Edith Cavell, our aim is to provide a rich and varied Music curriculum which will enable children to reach their full potential in the subject. We encourage children to enjoy singing, composing and performing using different instruments, and we provide all children with the opportunity to perform in front of an audience within and outside of school. The children learn musical skills such as composing, improvising, listening and analysing, to encourage a curiosity for the subject as well as developing an understanding of all genres of Music.
We ensure children at Edith Cavell have the opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills and vocabulary in a broad range of sporting activities, whilst also developing values and transferable life skills such as respect and teamwork. Through access to expert external coaches and engagement in competitive internal and external sporting events, we develop children who:
We believe our Art curriculum at Edith Cavell is an essential part of our children’s education. It provides children with opportunities to develop their skills using a range of media and materials and offers chances to explore and evaluate different creative ideas. Children’s critical abilities and understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritages are nurtured through studying a diverse range of male and female artists, craftspeople and designers. The curriculum encourages creativity and inspiration and provides support and challenge for all children to achieve their full potential. This is further enhanced by our provision of enrichment opportunities, such as after-school Art clubs.
We strive for children at Edith Cavell to develop the key skills needed for designing, making and evaluating so that they may become future engineers, designers, chefs and architects. Through a range of practical experiences, and by working both in teams and individually, children develop problem-solving skills. They have opportunities to use a range of materials and tools to enable them to create structures, mechanisms, textiles, mechanical systems and food products with a real life purpose.
At Edith Cavell we believe that happy children learn and that the teaching of Personal Social Health Education is fundamental to the development of the whole self.
Children learn about themselves and where they fit in today’s society. They are given the tools and skills to be able to understand and interact with the world around them as social beings. Through Personal Social Health Education, the children at Edith Cavell gain the life skills to be able to cope in this ever-changing world in which they live. Through the Personal Social Health Education curriculum, they come to have a better understanding of people’s differences and similarities and the values that make them who they are. The children learn to be more resilient at dealing with life’s setbacks and learn who they can trust along the way, enabling them to build positive relationships with themselves and others.
The principal aim of Religious Education at Edith Cavell is to enable the children to explore what people believe and what difference this makes to how they live. This allows the children to gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief, reflecting on their own ideas and ways of living.
Our curriculum provides all children with opportunities to:
At Edith Cavell, we believe that learning a foreign language is an important part of living in a multi-cultural society. As well as teaching a skill that will be beneficial to children in the future, learning a foreign language allows our children to explore their understanding of the world. The teaching of French at Edith Cavell also enables children to become curious about another culture and develop their communication skills.
Our aim is to allow children to express their ideas and thoughts in another language, as well as respond to those of others. We aim for this to be possible through speech and writing. We provide opportunities for children to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read literature in the original language. Fostering an interest in foreign language in early Key Stage 2 allows children to build upon that foundation when learning further languages. This will enable our children to study, work and explore other countries in the future.