At Sherard primary school children in KS1 and KS2 follow the National Curriculum. Children in Foundation Stage follow the Early Years Foundation Curriculum. Our teachers bring the National Curriculum alive by making links between the individual subjects and applying them to topics. We base our curriculum on a Challenge Curriculum where each topic begins with a Big Question. Each half term teachers will produce a curriculum plan that shows the links between different curriculum subjects and how they can be linked by overarching topics. We call this the Big Picture. Year groups will work together on the same topics and there should be plenty of opportunities to learn in and outside of the classroom.
Vocabulary that can be transferred to learning at other points of a child's education is what the curriculum is based on. This vocabulary is carefully considered for each topic to ensure it is meaningful, transferable and ambitious. In classrooms you will see these words displayed as 'sticky words.'
We have also underpinned the national curriculum with key values that we feel are important. That school promotes these values through the curriculum; in the classroom and in assemblies as we try to unlock the potential of every child.
We enjoy strong links with local schools (primary, secondary and special), community groups and local businesses. This, along with the fact that we are in the rural town of Melton Mowbray, gives us plenty of opportunities for local projects. We also enjoy going on residential trips and school outings. Recent adventures have included visits to Beaumanor Hall, lambing at Brooksby Hall, visits to Leicester Botanical Gardens, Leicester Gurdwara and Twycross Zoo. The year 6 recently visited Bawdsey Manor (PGL) near Woodbridge in Suffolk and the Year 4 and 5 children will be visiting Dearne Valley (Kingswood) near Doncaster.
Our school has an ‘in it together’ attitude to learning. We believe in letting parents and carers know what and how we are learning. We encourage two-way dialogue between school and home and support this through Parents’ Evenings, workshop meetings, curriculum information, ‘learning diaries’ such as Reading Record Books and invitations to our assemblies. We also believe that homework can help reinforce what we learn at school. All our children get homework, but our teachers are careful to make sure that it is kept to an appropriate level.