Our curriculum is unique and purposefully written for our children, families, community and addressing key areas to develop.
The ethos is evident through our Eastway Code of Conduct, ‘Be Nice, Learn Well and Never Give Up’. This shapes all we do at Eastway ensure that all children are happy, successful and develop their personal, social and emotional wellbeing in a curriculum where we work hard to ensure we fulfil our motto of:
Bringing Learning to Life
At Eastway, we aim to provide a curriculum which:
- Is rich, inspiring and broad to allow all of children to widen their horizons in each subject.
- Provides the depth that enables children to master the key depth of knowledge and skills essential for each subject.
- Engenders high expectations and challenge in order to build students’ perseverance and self-belief.
- Provides children with a wide range of rich, first hand learning experiences to take the curriculum beyond the classroom and develop their love of learning, independence and creative thinking.
- Offers children a wide range of opportunities to personalise their curriculum in order to develop existing talents and interests and discover new ones.
- Enables children to maximise their potential, achieving the highest levels of academic success leading to the widest range of pathways.
- Raises children’s aspirations and equips them with the knowledge and skills to flourish in their next stage of their education.
- Fosters the development of children’s character, personal development, health and wellbeing preparing them to make a valuable contribution to society
- Promote speech, language and communication opportunities to strengthen children’s ability to learn and articulate their learning at a deeper level
- Deliver physical and mental wellbeing program allowing children opportunities to exhibit spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding
- Children are well prepared for life in modern Britain and are aware of how they can contribute and understand their local and wider community.
Curriculum Drivers – what drives our curriculum?
The National Curriculum sets the expectation of what children should be taught as part of their academic learning. However, we want more for our children. They deserve to experience and learn about all that life has to offer and build their own individual characters. We have high expectations for our pupils learning journey and, as a staff, we agreed on four main drivers that underpin our curriculum to ensure it is enriched, personalised and aspirational.
Through our curriculum we aim to develop:
Enthusiastic and motivated
Aim to achieve a high standard of Reading, Writing and Maths
Use IT to enhance my learning
Make links in their learning
Develop life skills and skills for life
Remember what they have been taught
Regularly practise skills and retrieve knowledge
Taught knowledge rich subject material
Learn from my mistakes and open to new thinking and ideas
Enjoy learning and remembering facts
Determination to succeed
Take pride in my work and achievements
Communicate own beliefs and view of the world
Show respect for others
Understanding of different beliefs and cultures
Participate responsibly in political, economic, social and cultural life
Develop a strong sense of community
Recognise the role they play
Understanding of British Values
Global awareness and environmental concerns
Know how to communicate and behaviour in different social situations
Has ambition and aspirations
Assess risk and make informed decisions
Shows determination and resilience
Independent but able to work as part of a team
Aware of self and any barriers and how to overcome them
Recognise the importance of talk
Excellent speaking and listening skills
Inclusive to all
Seek to extend vocabulary
Learn from others
Take measured risks
Know how to keep safe
Healthy in mind and body
Aware of how to manage physical, mental and emotional wellbeing
Manage own emotions
Secure in own beliefs and values
Relate to others
Display high levels of self-care
Display protective behaviours
Positive self-image and self-worth
The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the children in our school, allowing them to flourish. The curriculum provides children with memorable experiences, in addition to diverse and rich opportunities from which they can learn and develop a range of transferable skills.
Age-related expectations combine the acquisition of knowledge and development of skills to create a purposeful and exciting learning journey for every child. The curriculum has high expectations to combine transferable skills, demonstrate a breadth of vocabulary and develop strong, meaningful cross-curricular links. Inviting classroom environments stimulate learners and engage them in quality thinking and reasoning. Explicit weekly and medium-term planning is responsive to children’s needs; incorporating holistic approaches to teaching and learning.
Pupils work towards the Early Learning Goals of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum in Eastway Exploreers (2 year old provision) Nursery and Reception. The majority of children move onto the National curriculum Programmes of Study at the start of year 1. Throughout this period and beyond all children are still developing their phonic knowledge through the Letters and Sounds Programme and developing their fluency in reading through the school’s structured approach to the daily teaching of reading.
The National Curriculum is delivered using an integrated themed approach. Where subjects can be integrated into the theme, they are, but others are still taught discretely where this is more appropriate. All subjects are assessed against key objectives and progression of skills for each subject. The more able are challenged further in their learning and children who find aspects of their learning more difficult are appropriately supported so that they too are enabled to experience success.
Throughout the year there are special weeks that have a clear focus for example Aspirations Week, Safety Week, Anti Bullying Week, Multi Cultural Week and Health Week. These special events enable the children to put their learning into practice in a variety of other situations.
The school takes pride in providing a highly inclusive environment, where learners of all abilities demonstrate high levels of enjoyment in their education and most make very good progress in most subjects and areas of learning. Children at all levels are helped to achieve their potential. Those who are most able are challenged and supported through being offered tasks which provide opportunities for greater depth and those who present with a barrier to learning are encouraged and given targeted support to embed skills, to develop at their own pace or simply to learn in a style that best suits their individual needs.
Subject leaders play an important part in the success of the curriculum by leading a regular programme of monitoring, evaluation and review and the celebration of good practice contributes to the ongoing commitment to evolve and improve further. Subject leaders are given the opportunity to develop their own subject knowledge, skills and understanding, so they can support curriculum development and their colleagues throughout the school and report to governors.
The outdoor environment and the local community are considered an opportunity for active learning for all our pupils. The school grounds have been developed so they can enrich different curriculum areas, and outdoor learning is actively promoted and planned for.
Pupils have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents and carers and other learners through school-based and external exhibitions, performances, competitions and events involving other schools. Developing their independence and motivation as learners and their sense of responsibility as future citizens is at the heart of all our teaching and learning.
An integral aspect of the curriculum is that children are prepared for the future – during their time in the school, they become fantastic role models and the very best version of themselves. Their individual identity is valued and our children are kind and caring while also aspiring to be the best that they can be in whatever area they choose to pursue. We believe that every child is unique – they all have the potential to achieve; and our broad, varied curriculum allows every child to excel now and in the future based upon their own personal strengths, interests and core values.
From their different starting points, all children will make good progress academically, emotionally, creatively, socially and physically. Knowledge, understanding and skills will be secured and embedded so that children attain highly and are fully prepared for secondary school.
- They will have strong communication skills, both written and verbal, and will listen respectfully and with tolerance to the views of others.
- They will take pride in all that they do, always striving to do their best.
- They will demonstrate emotional resilience and the ability to persevere when they encounter challenge.
- They will develop a sense of self-awareness and become confident in their own abilities.
- They will be kind, respectful and honest, demonstrate inclusive attitudes and have a sense of their role in our wider society
Measuring and monitoring the impact of our curriculum at Eastway takes on many strands. Initially, teachers evaluate each lesson and plan the children’s next steps. Assessment for Learning underpins all of the learning at Eastway to ensure all children reach their full potential. For pupil premium children and those with additional needs, we use an on-line tool to plan and track pupil progress and to identify any specific needs and the impact of interventions. Senior Leaders monitor the impact of the curriculum, celebrating the children’s achievements in all subjects and working together to plan activities and events to support the children’s learning within all key stages. Curriculum Leaders monitor their subject throughout the year to reflect the current demands of the curriculum and to inform future planning. Our school improvement plan is what drives areas for development. It is drawn up and agreed in an annual meeting with all staff and governors when the years achievements are celebrated, and next steps are planned.