School Curriculum Drivers
KEY SCHOOL CURRICULUM DRIVERS
Alongside teaching the requirements of the national curriculum, key drivers have been identified upon which our school curriculum is based. These key drivers are personal to our school and reflect the social and educational needs of our local area. They make our school curriculum unique.
The following key drivers are the focus of every theme of work which is developed through the school. In consultation with staff, it was agreed our ten key drivers for our school curriculum are:
1. FUN AND LAUGHTER – We pride ourselves that our school curriculum has always been ‘fun.’ Our relentless drive to put memorable learning experiences at the heart of all we do stems from our belief that every child’s primary school experience should be magical and wondrous, filled with motivating and unforgettable learning experiences. Children have just have one childhood and we are privileged to play such a significant part.
2. CREATIVITY – Langney has always had a strong reputation for its ‘creative curriculum’ and with the onset of the new curriculum we have agreed we do not want this to be lost. Subjects remain linked in order to make cross-curricular learning experiences purposeful and engaging. The application of Reading, Writing and Mathematics skills are planned for and seeded through our Creative Curriculum and exciting topics.
3. MUSICALITY – We are fortunate to have many staff and pupils with natural ability and interest in music. As a result, it is a key driver of our school curriculum. We will continue to prioritise the development of children’s musicality by giving plentiful opportunities for pupils to sing, learn to play a musical instrument(s), respond to music through dance and perform in musical theatre.
4. COMPUTING – The computing revolution and major digital creativity initiative is a key driver of our school curriculum as we move forward together to become a centre of digital excellence. With specialist teaching, we aim to be at the forefront of using new technologies to support the next generation of learning.
5. EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE - The development of children’s emotional intelligence, or their awareness of their feelings and ability to control them, is a key driver of our school curriculum. We believe that growing up in an emotionally literate atmosphere means that children will tolerate frustration better, be less lonely, less impulsive, more focused and healthier than others and they will achieve more academically.
At Langney Primary School, children are explicitly taught the basic social and emotional competencies as follows:
Self Awareness – knowing what we are feeling in the moment.
Self Regulation (Managing Feelings) – being able to effectively handle our feelings so that they facilitated rather than interfere with the task in hand.
Motivation– using our emotions to move and guide us towards our goals.
Perseverance – doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.
Empathy – sensing what others are feeling and being able to take their perspective.
Social Skills – handling emotions skilfully in relationships. It includes accurately reading social situations and interacting smoothly in order to lead, persuade, negotiate and settle disputes for co-operation and team work.
6. PERFORMANCE – Our Langney pupils love to perform and be on stage. As a result, the element of performance is a profound and important part of our school curriculum. Children are given regular opportunities to perform (e.g. drama, music ensembles, class assemblies, dance, choral speaking, whole-school assemblies, hidden talent celebrations) in front of both small and large audiences.
We believe children who have access to performing arts in their regular school curriculum are:
Developing Creativity - Imaginative play stimulates and challenges the brain, and allows children to be innovative and broad-minded
Developing Confidence - Strategies to help get up in front of an audience and present an idea are extraordinarily valuable and very little appreciated in many areas of adult life, personally and professionally. Learning how, as a child, is a wonderful asset to have.
Promoting Self-Discipline and Self-Motivation - Because all performing arts are physical and individual like doing sports or athletics, achievements are also gained from including practice at home and scheduling personal training.
Exposed To Art and Culture - The impact of a sophisticated cultural and artistic education is life-long, and adds enjoyment, depth and meaning to both personal lives and professional work as adults. Not everyone is lucky enough to have the opportunity.
Overcoming Anxieties - The triumph of going out of stage, performing a rehearsed piece successfully, and receiving feedback afterwards is one of the profound and tangible reassurances of worth and achievement you will ever get. It gives children a sense of control and power equivalent to winning scholastic prizes or sports championships, and will encourage aiming higher, overcoming more obstacles and achieving greater goals in future endeavours.
Learning Memorising Skills - Working on your ability to absorb and retain information is something many successful entrepreneurs recommend for the success of professional adults, and is important and fun to develop through performing arts.
Improving Language and Musical Skills - Like an exposure to culture and art, developing language and musical skills offer a significant advantage for any child and make for a richer, more liberal-minded adulthood.
Problem-Solving - Dealing with unexpected situations and working through to viable solutions is a wonderful and perhaps surprising skill gained from performing arts classes, where creative challenges are set, self-generated work is encouraged, or problems encountered on stage are overcome if things go wrong or are forgotten.
Social Interaction and Co-operation - Performing arts classes promote working as a team while also encouraging and developing individual talent: the best possible combination.
7. PHYSICAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT – We believe the physical environment of a school and classroom has a significant influence on learning and is therefore a key driver in our school curriculum. We work tirelessly to ensure our physical learning environment is innovative, inspirational and supports learning.
8. OUTDOOR LEARNING – The potential benefits of outdoor learning are so many. At Langney Primary School we are keen for our children, from Nursery to Year 6, to experience learning in a variety of settings. Learning outdoors can be enjoyable, creative, challenging and adventurous. It helps children and young people to learn by experience and often these outdoor learning experiences are remembered for a lifetime. As a result the provision of outdoor learning experiences, whether through play in the immediate grounds or adventures further afield, are a key driver to our school curriculum.
9. PRACTICAL REAL LIFE EXPERIENCES – At Langney Primary School teachers are adept at teaching the National Curriculum in an effective, engaging and enjoyable way. As we believe children respond better when engaged in practical real life experiences, we embrace a practical school curriculum (‘learning by doing’).
10. BEACH SCHOOL – You may have heard of ‘Forest Schools’ but here at Langney Primary School we plan to take this concept to the beach! Located by the sea, Eastbourne offers an outstanding beach environment. We are passionate about getting our children out of the classroom and onto the shoreline so we are in the process of becoming qualified as ‘Beach School Practitioners.’ Practical real life skills and areas the pupils will investigate will include:
Marine beach ecosystems;
Seasons and tides;
Building of temporary shelters using appropriate knots and resources;
Fire lighting and beach cooking fires.
Watch this space as we become the FIRST and ONLY school in Sussex to become a certified ‘BEACH SCHOOL!’