At Leigham Primary School, we offer an exciting curriculum which is broad and balanced. This builds upon the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points, as they progress through our school. Academic success, creativity, problem solving, responsibility, resilience, physical development, well-being and mental health are all vital parts of the high-quality education provided at Leigham and are all key elements that support the development of the whole child and promote a positive attitude to learning.
The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 and other stimulating experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school. The aim of our curriculum is for all pupils to have the requisite skills to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for their next stage of education.
For those pupils who are still working on the Early Learning Goals as they enter Year 1, there is a period in the Autumn Term when the majority of children progress to the National Curriculum. Throughout this time and beyond, all children continue to develop their phonic knowledge through the Letters and Sounds Programme.
The National Curriculum is delivered and topics are devised to link with pupil interests and current affairs. The more able pupils are challenged further in their learning and those who find aspects of their learning more difficult are appropriately supported so that they too are enabled to experience success and progress. National and school requirements are mapped out as a whole school and then individual year groups plan the curriculum for their pupils accordingly. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils, as well as their understanding of the core values of living in a modern British society, are woven throughout the curriculum.
Specialist teachers and instructors support music and physical education. All subject leaders are given ongoing training and opportunities to keep developing their own subject knowledge, skills and understanding so they can best support curriculum development and their colleagues throughout the school. Theme weeks, whole school activities and opportunities within and outside school all enrich and develop the children’s learning. After school clubs and events extend these opportunities further.
The outdoor environment and the local community are considered as key opportunities for active learning for all our pupils. The extensive school grounds have been developed so they can enrich all curriculum areas. Our outdoor classroom and covered outdoor areas ensure that outdoor learning can take place, regardless of the weather conditions.
English and Mathematics are taught using thoughtfully selected learning partners. In all year groups, there are small (flexible) interventions in order to support pupils in gaining the key skills to become successful readers, writers and mathematicians. Pre- and post-teaching is used to successfully support and facilitate pupil progress.