Aims (How impact is measured)
- Within our curriculum, we aim to inspire all pupils through engaging learning experiences
(pupil Interviews, Pupil Curriculum Leadership Group meetings, teacher observation, parent Survey)
- We aim to nurture passionate learners by providing a broad, balanced and enquiry-based curriculum
(pupil Interviews, Pupil Curriculum Leadership Group meetings, curriculum reviews)
- Instill children with the knowledge and skills to enable them to achieve beyond expectations
(data analysis and book reviews)
- Encourage children to recognise their full potential and enthuse them to aim high in all areas of their learning
(data analysis and book reviews)
- Provide children with the key skills they need to achieve success as they develop and grow in our school and beyond.
(teacher assessment, transition talks with High Schools or staff internally, parent Survey)
- Ensure children are able to enjoy successes in all areas of their learning
(pupil Interviews, Pupil Curriculum Leadership Group meetings, data analysis)
- Provide a progressive curriculum where skills and knowledge are developed through quality ongoing assessment.
(curriculum reviews, analysis of assessment information, curriculum review meetings)
End of theme task/outcome:
- Pupils complete an end of theme task where they apply the knowledge and skills gained over the theme. This could be through a verbal presentation, written assessment or creative based work. Pupils showcase aspects of their learning to parents at the end of each theme.
- After each theme, pupils will be assessed using DoL software. Teachers assess pupil progress against key skills and key learning objectives to award pupils a basic, advancing or deep level for each subject. These assessments are reported to the senior leadership team, Governors and parents.
- Regularly, classes have the opportunity to reflect on the key learning knowledge and skills they have acquired/ developed/ applied during the previous weeks. Teachers identify links to previous learning and plan opportunities for future. Teachers help pupils make connections and enforce the importance of retrieval.
Subject Leadership in the Impact Stage
- Subject Leadership Groups are responsible for organising all aspects of curriculum monitoring, such as: pupil interviews, convening and using information from Pupil Curriculum Leadership team meetings, book reviews, parent surveys, curriculum review meetings and transition discussions with the next phase of education whether internal or external. Information gathered using the above methods will then be used to develop the design of the school curriculum, develop and strengthen teacher pedagogy and delivery, measure the impact of knowledge and skills gained by pupils and measure the impact against the curriculum rationale and aims. The Creativity and Discovery groups will then feed the information back to various stakeholders through their termly report.
- Senior Leaders and Subject leaders will carry out pupil interviews. During these interviews, pupils will look through their books and explain the learning that has taken place. Pupil interviews will take place at least three weeks after coverage to ensure deep and meaningful learning has taken place.
Pupil Curriculum Leadership Team
- Our pupil curriculum groups ensure that children at St James are involved in the shaping of the curriculum. Subject leaders meet regularly with their pupil curriculum group to seek feedback on the subject or area they are leading.
- Feedback from the children is used to reshape and modify action plans in order to ensure that each subject is both meeting the needs of its learners and maintaining relevance and interest. This means that pupils feel empowered to share their opinions in order to ensure the curriculum is engaging and relevant.
- Senior Leaders and subject leaders will use pupil books to scrutinise learning regularly.
Governor reports and meetings
- Termly reports are created by curriculum lead groups and shared with link Governors.
Curriculum Review Meetings (Staff):
- Each half term or at the end of a theme, curriculum review meetings will be held in key stages. Within these meetings, staff have the opportunity to discuss their themes against the non-negotiables.
- This provides a valuable opportunity to change aspects of planning that are not working, differentiate more based on different classes each year and plan in work based on new appropriate places to visit in the locality.
Parent surveys/ questionnaires
- Each time we hold a Parent’s evening event we select parents at random for feedback about the curriculum. We carry out some more structured interviews with parents about the child’s attitude to school and what they are learning.
- We use Survey Monkey to collate thoughts and opinions as well as using Tapestry to gather parent contributions.
Transition interviews with secondary colleagues
- Toward the end of Year 7 we meet with our main secondary feeder schools and we find out how our pupils have fared in their first year at secondary school.