The curriculum is the embodiment of the school’s values as sanctioned by the governors, promoted by the staff and experienced by the pupils. The curriculum is the life-blood of the school, encompassing all that we do in pursuit of the aims set out in the school’s mission statement:
The school’s mission and ethos statement
“Longden Church of England School, within the context of Christian belief and practice,
aims to provide a quality learning environment that values all individuals in the school;
that promotes the growth of community through relationships that are trustful, respectful and loving;
that encourages children to develop their full potential as inquisitive, confident learners both for now and for their futures.
We hopefully wish and actively work for the growth of spirit as a source of creativity that opens us all to life and to each other.”
At Longden CE School we believe that one of the best ways to honour God’s creation is through learning about it. The arts, humanities and sciences, PE and sport, Maths and English are the tools through which we can come to a greater and more lasting appreciation of the joy and wonder of this world and the people who inhabit it.
Curriculum content reflects the circumstances of this school, its time and place, the many benefits the school enjoys from its rural setting and generous grounds, and the challenges it also faces in connecting young children to a busy, rich and diverse national culture. Hence provision for sport and outdoor learning is good: achievement on the sports field is prized and breadth of opportunity across a range of sporting activities is central to our plans; work in Geography and History reflects strong links with our unique locality and the superb facilities at this school. Resources are invested in connecting our pupils to the wider national culture: visiting musicians, authors and puppeteers are a regular feature of our cultural calendar; visits to theatres in Birmingham and Stratford, to museums and galleries in the region and residential visits to contrasting localities give pupils positive pictures of the role of tradition, diversity and change in the life of this nation.
Curriculum organisation reflects our collective wisdom about the optimum ways in which pupils learn in this particular school setting. We are a small school: flexible enough to take advantage of opportunities that may come our way; transportable so that we can fit the whole school onto two coaches and go out for the day; consequently first-hand and hands-on experience feature highly in our learning cycle. We have several features in common with the family: staff work hard to promote whole school activities – we eat together, play together, worship together. As a community of enquiry we learn together; much of our work in English, Science, Religious Education, History, Geography, Art and Technology is undertaken through whole school topics where a school visit is often the trigger for learning under a common theme. Work in these topics is shared with parents through our end-of-topic assemblies or curriculum themed evenings. Teachers make sound judgements about aspects of the curriculum which do not benefit from a themed approach and this work is taught discretely: some aspects of English and most aspects of Maths, PE, Spanish and Music.
Curriculum delivery reflects our belief in the importance of deep learning. Most units of work in English, Science and Technology, Humanities and the Arts are given a half-term (six weeks) at least for in-depth study. A rolling programme of topics, reviewed and revised each previous term, ensures all subjects are covered over the course of two years, although not all non-core subjects are taught within any one term. Below, a brief overview is given for each subject as it is taught across the school, together with individual links to the class pages where details of the current work planned for each class is outlined. Further information about the school’s policies and guidelines for the curriculum can be obtained from the school office. We hope you find this useful in helping you to understand what children learn at Longden.