At Sharlston We Shine!
Our aim, at Sharlston Community School, is to offer a broad and balanced curriculum, providing opportunities for our children to gain the essential knowledge, skills and understanding which will enable them to flourish and reach their full potential in life. Each child will be supported and challenged to experience success. We have a bespoke curriculum, starting with where the children are in Sharlston and building on real experiences. The curriculum is interwoven with developing the key attributes embodied within our AT SHARLSTON WE SHINE message.
Our Curriculum Intent is that our children will SHINE:
S how Respect -Respect ourselves, others, property and our surroundings
Intent: to develop confident, responsible and compassionate global citizens who demonstrate an appreciation of the world we live in
H ave ambition -Have high aspirations to succeed in life
Intent: to inspire pride, aspirations and high expectations of what can be achieved both during lesson and in the future
I nvolve every one -Enjoying being together, and celebrate differences
Intent: to develop kind, fair members of a multi-cultural society who can communicate effectively, celebrate diversity and uniqueness, tackle discrimination and promote equity
N ever give up -Be resilient and determined to do your very best
Intent: to develop resilient learners who persevere, take risks, are open to feedback, self reflect and embrace challenge with a growth mindset
E njoy learning –Engage with learning new things in and out of school
Intent: to provide rich learning experiences which develop language both within and beyond the classroom, linking and recapping prior learning and motivating and engaging learners
Our curriculum encompasses the National Curriculum objectives and these objectives are built upon year upon year, which provides clear sequencing and progress during the learning journey through school. The curriculum has been carefully crafted to ensure the children in our children are able to learn about their immediate locality and surrounding environment and how this compares to the wider world. In addition, the curriculum is bespoke to our school and is closely linked to widening the life experiences our children have opportunities to partake in.
Key Stage Phase teams plan and work to a two yearly cycle of learning. Varied and engaging topics are planned across the year, with coverage of the Each half term’s learning begins with a WOW experience to initiate engagement and discussion and children work towards a FANTASIC FINISH, to showcase their learning within each half term. Many opportunities are used to apply skills and knowledge subjects into reading, writing and maths in a meaningful way.
Fundamental British Values and SMSC Values are taught within the topics and may also be taught as part of a theme day or week across school. For example Anti-Bullying Week, Children’s Mental Health Week and Internet Safety Day are planned for the whole school. PSHE, RSE and SMSC is taught weekly as part of a comprehensive ‘Jigsaw’ curriculum.
Teachers also plan to include curriculum enhancements to bring the topics to life. Some examples of enhancements within topics are; Class visits – eg: Church, Science Museum, Wildlife Park, Farm Visit ; Residential visit – Y6 children take part in a number of outdoor challenges ; Visitors to school – eg: Drama teacher, workshops delivered by specialists; Competitions – eg: Maths, Drawing, DT, Spelling ; Themed Weeks/Days – eg: British Values, Sports Week, French Café, Arts Weeks; Class Assemblies – children present their work to parents and grandparents; Inspire Mornings – parents/carers work alongside their children in school; Performance opportunities – eg: Christmas Performances, Performance Poetry, Musical Theatre.
To give the PE experience real purpose and challenge we take part in many competitions and tournaments.
Children are encouraged to take on roles and responsibilities during their time at Sharlston School. Some examples of this are School Council, Classroom and Corridor Monitors, Playground Leaders, Members of Waterton Parliament and Buddy Readers.
Our curriculum makes use of the wealth of resources in the immediate vicinity of the school (Sharlston Dam and the mining heritage of the village) and also in the wider community. Children’s understanding of where and how Sharlston village fits into modern day Britain and the wider world is developed. Opportunities are utilised to share the best of what has been thought, said and done; with the aim being that our children become educated and respectful citizens in today’s society.
If you have any questions regarding the curriculum we teach please contact the school directly.