The New Forest Church of England Primary School at Landford, Nomansland and Hamptworth believes that the curriculum is a powerful tool that promotes a love of learning and willingness to explore a broad spectrum of subjects.
We are proud to use The National Curriculum (2014), Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework (2017), and the Locally Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education and Eco-Schools as our starting points for a wide and varied learning experience for our children.
Our curriculum is the planned activities that we organise in order to promote personal, academic and spiritual growth and development. It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also the extra-curricular activities that the school organises in order to enrich the children’s experience. It also includes the ‘hidden curriculum’ – what the children learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave embedded within our Christian ethos.
At the heart of our curriculum is the belief that all pupils are entitled to the very best education within in a safe and stimulating learning environment. Children experience a wide variety of high-quality learning opportunities during their time at the school and they will be given every encouragement to develop their own interests and skills. Our curriculum aims to provide children with purposeful and imaginative learning experiences, which is broadly divided into three main areas:
We value our location within the New Forest National Park and seek to use this unique environment to enrich our curriculum whilst providing opportunities for learning outside of the classroom as often as possible. In addition, we use the framework of ‘Eco-School’ to help teach children about the world they live in, including how their environment and society have changed over time. Our curriculum helps children understand Britain’s cultural and traditional heritage and values and appreciate and value the contribution made by all ethnic groups in our multicultural society. This in turn will enable children to be positive citizens who can contribute to the world around them.
So that the children’s learning has maximum impact, subjects are planned around a central theme allowing children to appreciate the links between subject areas. This allows children to learn and develop their skills to the best of their ability. Integral to this are the key areas of English, Maths and Science, which allow children to access, through key questioning, a deeper understanding of the subjects we cover. It is a key aim that all children are included in the whole school experience and therefore learning has to be engaging, relevant, challenging and builds upon prior knowledge. At times this might mean we produce personalised learning opportunities for children to practise their skills.
As a Christian school this is based firmly in our Vision for the children. We want to promote a lifelong love of learning, where children are happy to come to school and enable them to be creative and develop their own thinking. It is vital that children are taught to have an awareness of their own spiritual development, and to distinguish right from wrong. In addition, we want to help children understand the importance of truth and fairness, so that they grow up committed to equal opportunities for all. Ultimately we want to enable children to have respect for themselves and high self-esteem, and to live and work cooperatively with others now and in the future.