An intent statement: the evidence
You can find out more about how we teach at Laycock on our Teaching and Learning page.
At Laycock Primary school, we plan and deliver the whole curriculum (units hand-picked for our school, including all of the National Curriculum our school initiatives and projects) throughout the year as detailed on our curriculum maps. Our teachers have regular CPD opportunities, team training and team meetings to discuss engagement, progress and attainment of their children.
We have launched an enquiry based curriculum encouraging active learning, question based and open-ended lessons. Each half term the year group has a ‘driver’ which dominates their learning meaning it is the main focus and other subjects (not all) link and compliment this. Any subjects that cannot link are taught explicitly.
How will we deliver our curriculum as a school?
Our curriculum maps detail the term dates which help to plan the content and ensure coverage. In each term, the driver and subsequent lessons are taught for 5-6 weeks and any ‘extra’ weeks are used as whole school learning experiences, for example Black History Month, Maths week, Anti-Bullying, Deaf Awareness, etc. This, we believe, helps us to continue to work as a school team, boosts the importance and hype of the celebrations, invites visitors and our community in to share our celebration and ensures purposeful and impactful progression as we, as teacher, work together to plan our events and ensure no overlap.
Our timetable identifies what we teach when for each class- these are updated half termly dependant on our external agencies for PE, Music and Computing lessons.
How will we deliver our curriculum in our classroom?
See below an idea of how each lesson is planned and delivered:
Lessons are planned and resources by our teachers using our schemes of work, vocabulary mats and progression mats. Each lessons invites children to ask questions about a picture / quote / video using this matrix:
And the lesson continues to recap and introduce new vocabulary- using this time to link to English and look into links, etymology, synonyms, pre-fixes/ suffixes, etc.
The teacher will explore what lesson they are in and why the topic is important. This would include things like:
- Science: physics, biology or chemistry?
- History: where on the timeline is our unit? Is it before/ after…?
- Geography: where on the map is our country? How would we get there?
Community involvement is a vital part of our curriculum- making the most of our local area, businesses, community groups and wider world links helps our children to see and experience learning through real life experiences. We aim to give each and every child 60 cultural experiences before they leave us in Year 6- that is 10 experiences between Year 1 and 6. We have 6 trips/workshops pre-planned throughout the year that links to our exciting curriculum. The other four are planned by the teachers throughout the year, such as Christmas Pantomimes, RE workshops, Bike Ability, etc.
Our 60X6 initiative details who we have planned to work with linking to our curriculum, however, we have plenty of experiences and opportunities crop up and surprise is throughout the year also! By experiencing these trips, meeting out visitors and sharing skills and expertise of those around us, our children are exposed to real life goals, challenges and battles. Ultimately, preparing them with resilience, energy and ambition to achieve their biggest goal in life.
Books that help us
Who supports us?
Other partnerships and links we have that support our goal of successfully achieving 60X6.