Curriculum Philosophy

Our Definition of Learning

 

‘Learning at Evergreen INSPIRES us to discover, explore and ENJOY. We use our skills and knowledge to understand so that we can ACHIEVE and develop ourselves as citizens of tomorrow.’

 

Children have a right, spelled out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, to provision which enables them to develop their personalities, talents and abilities irrespective of ethnicity, culture or religion, home language, family background, learning difficulties, disabilities or gender.

We believe that setting high expectations and having positive attitudes can give every child the confidence that they need to enable them to flourish and thrive.

The curriculum of any school is central to meaningful and effective education. It is concerned not just with the ‘what’ is taught but also `how’ it is to be delivered. Our curriculum intends to provide opportunities that we believe are essential for the learning and development for our children here at Evergreen.

The curriculum at Evergreen Primary School is the responsibility of all members of the school staff.  It must reflect not only the needs of the children but also take into account the views of the pupils, their families and Governors.

Staff at Evergreen Primary School have been developing a curriculum model which is tailored to the ever changing and wide ranging needs of its pupils. The model incorporates personalised learning and a differentiated curriculum programme which not only provides consistency but offers scope for individual teachers to design and implement highly structured teaching programmes to meet the very specific educational needs of each child in their class. It also provides guidance for achieving a balanced selection of appropriate teaching objectives across the curriculum areas which not only consider the age and ability of the child but also the nature and degree of difficulty.

 

We aim:

For all our pupils to fulfil their potential in terms of becoming

  • successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
  • confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
  • responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.

For all our pupils to become effective communicators, through which ever method best suits them.

To provide a curriculum which engages and challenges pupils with widely differing abilities and learning styles.

For our pupils’ time in school to be positive, stimulating and rewarding so that their self esteem and confidence can develop along with practical skills and the ability to use and apply their knowledge.

To nurture in all our pupils’ sensitivity and respect towards others through an understanding of rights and responsibilities.

To encourage partnership with parents and all who contribute to the development of each pupil, recognising that understanding and involvement are the key to effective cooperation.

To foster caring and trustful relationships between pupils and staff.

 

We believe therefore our curriculum should:

 Be accessible and relevant to the needs of each individual pupil

Incorporate the National Curriculum to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills.

Be broad and balanced through highly structured and motivating individual teaching programmes and through well planned and differentiated group activities.

Ensure continuity of learning through school by careful monitoring of teaching, learning and assessment and maintaining comprehensive records of progress.

Focus on experiential learning, with knowledge, understanding and skills being developed through first-hand practical experiences and provide opportunities for independent enquiry and problem solving.

Have well organised cross curricular links and include a broad and accessible enrichment programme which will allow pupils to apply their learning in a relevant and meaningful context.

Develop and maintain excellent links with the local community.

Develop their awareness and understanding so that they can recognise their own self worth and value themselves as part of the wider society.

Celebrate children’s achievements both in and out of school using praise, positive reinforcement, careful display and records of achievement in a range of media.