At Speedwell we believe that the individual child is at the centre of the teaching and learning process. We also believe that each child is entitled to far more than the National Curriculum. We are concerned with the development of the whole child and we address personal development along with the process and content of the curriculum.
‘Please Click here for a brief summary of the Key Stage One (Year 1 and 2) curriculum’.
‘Please Click here for the Early Years Foundation Stage (Nursery & Reception) curriculum summary’
We offer all children equality of opportunity within a broad and balanced curriculum. Breadth within the curriculum ensures that children are brought into contact with the following areas of experience:
We also ensure that children experience a range of learning processes including:
We aim to enable the children to develop elements of learning, i.e. concepts, attitudes, skills and knowledge.
Concepts are generalisations usually arrived at from a number of discrete examples. Many are learned incidentally as part of the ‘hidden curriculum’ and out of the school situation. They enable children to classify and organise knowledge and experience and predict. Some examples would be: similarity and difference, time and change, temperature and energy. We plan so as to include these and other important concepts within our curriculum.
Attitudes are the way in which we express our personal qualities and values in a variety of situations. The attitudes we foster in school are referred to in our Behaviour, Anti-Bullying and PSHE and Citizenship policies and in our school statement for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education. In short, we encourage the values and qualities which will result in later life in attitudes characteristic of a good citizen in a democratic and humane society.
That is: reliability, honesty, initiative, self-discipline and tolerance. We promote positive attitudes through the general ethos and ‘hidden curriculum’ of the school as well as through the formal curriculum.
Imaginative and free play also provides children with opportunities to explore emotions and behaviour and to begin to establish their own attitudes.
Skill is the capacity or competence to perform a task. We aim to develop skills of communication, observation, study, problem solving and skills of a personal and social nature, as well as skills linked with the content of the curriculum.
Knowledge As indicated above, a child is learning all the time, within the ‘hidden curriculum’ and the general ethos of the school, as well as within the formal curriculum. The whole staff plan together within the formal curriculum so that the knowledge we teach is worth knowing, comprehensible, sustains the children’s interest and is useful to them now and potentially in the future.
We aim to give the children a relevant curriculum, appropriate to their needs, which will enhance their enjoyment, increase their understanding, reinforce their confidence and competence and gradually begin to equip them with the elements of learning needed in adult life.
We promote continuity and progression through whole school planning, our ARR policy and liaison with Staveley Junior School.
Children with special needs are provided for in a positive way. See the Special Needs Policy.
More information is available in the school’s long term overview.