Ethelbert Road's Vision
Together We Thrive
We believe that everyone in our community can be the best they can be if we all work together. We aim to enable every individual regardless of ability to achieve their full potential, develop a love of learning, become good citizens and to prepare for future life. We foster an enthusiastic, curious, creative community of learners who embrace challenge and have high expectations for themselves others.
As a staff team, we have developed our own curriculum which is bespoke to the needs of our pupils, whilst still teaching the necessary knowledge and skills outlined within the National Curriculum. The aim of our curriculum is for pupils to have the requisite skills to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for the next stage of their education and beyond and to inspire all members of our school community to seek success in every stage of their learning journey. Our curriculum is supported by Focus Education skills and knowledge documents, which ensure consistency from one year group to the next. It also offers challenge to ensure we plan for the highest level of attainment. With a focus on Intent, Implementation and Impact of a broad and balanced curriculum, Focus Education documents ensures that subject leaders are better placed to impact on pupil outcomes.
As a team we strengthen our curriculum offer through working together to ensure topics are enhanced by our experience-rich curriculum, with localism placed at the heart of what we do to ensure learning is relevant and pertinent for our children. Through careful and considered planning, we have developed a curriculum which is motivating, engaging and taught through a series of topics with an emphasis on creative and critical thinking, oracy, questioning, research, retrieval and reasoning. We use visits, visitors and our own Creative Art Leader to help deliver the curriculum in a stimulating and exciting way.
At Ethelbert Road Primary School, we believe that active, confident, creative and curious children will be successful in all areas of life. We value every subject and pride ourselves on using the creative arts to inspire and embed a love of learning. Using a cross curricular approach reinforces skills and knowledge and supports children to successfully engage with the National Curriculum.
What is cross-curricular learning?
Cross-curricular learning involves establishing patterns of information between different academic subjects. It offers a creative way of developing knowledge, understanding and practical skills through a study of interconnected topics. To embed knowledge and skills Ethelbert Road uses History and Geography topics to engage and embed learning.
How can cross-curricular learning benefit students?
Cross-curricular learning allows for more inter-connected lessons that capture our students' imagination. It also enables them to identify patterns of information between subjects that will help to enforce key knowledge. Our cross-curricular learning involves a wide variety of different subjects, but it more usually relies upon links between only a couple of key subjects. Making sure the links between lessons are natural and not forced is key to our successful cross-curricular learning strategy.
Our Curriculum operates within the National Curriculum and Foundation Stage Curriculum Framework. We know our community well and have developed our curriculum to ensure it meets the needs of our learners and enables them to reach their full potential. To ensure the children are learning to the best of their ability, each teacher uses Progression in Knowledge, Skills and Concepts documents that we have aligned with our curriculum to help their planning and ensure coverage and progression is achieved.
Cultural Capital at Ethelbert Road Primary
At Ethelbert Road, cultural capital is the variety of experiences, skills and knowledge children need to prepare them for future success. We give all our children the opportunities to experience a wide range of activities they may not otherwise experience in their lives, as the exploration of new skills and experiences helps to nurture resilience, teamwork, curiosity and creativity. Opportunities include cross curricular learning, extension to the school day, pure music teachers, whole school Creative Arts Leader, performances in and outside of school, access to a wide range of sports and coaching, off site visits and a variety of workshops delivered by school visitors.
Please look at our Class Pages and Gallery to see all the amazing experiences
we have to offer.
Our Statement of Intent for Supporting Equality
At Ethelbert Road, we celebrate our achievements, gifts and cultural diversity, irrespective of individual differences within the protected categories of the Equality Act of 2010. Together we take pride in making a positive contribution to our school and the wider community. We aim to provide every child with access to a broad and balanced education. This includes the National Curriculum in line with the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice.
We are committed to equality. We aim for every pupil to fulfil their potential no matter what their needs. Our School is committed to anti-discriminatory practice to promote equality of opportunity and valuing diversity for all children and families.
We aim to:
- Provide a secure and accessible environment in which all our children can flourish and in which all contributions are considered and valued.
- Include and value the contribution of all families to our understanding of equality and diversity.
- Provide positive non-stereotyping information about gender roles, diverse ethnic and cultural groups and disabled people.
- Improve our knowledge and understanding of issues of anti-discriminatory practice, promoting equality and valuing diversity.
- Make inclusion a thread that runs through all of the activities of the school.
You can find out more about our curriculum by looking at our Long Term Plans, Subject Overviews on the Curriculum page and Termly Plans found on the Class Pages. We also add photographs, work and other curriculum information on our Class Pages to demonstrate how our Curriculum is put into practice.
Ethelbert Road’s Creative Curriculum has been carefully crafted around the needs of our pupils and families and embraces the community we serve. Each individual child is recognised, valued and their successes celebrated. We want learning to be fun, meaningful and memorable so our pupils can build upon knowledge and skills to retain long life learning. Staff have drawn on their expertise and constantly research teaching methods in order to create a relevant, successful and rewarding curriculum.
Our cross curricular approach enables children to make links in their learning and revisit concepts and themes. We pride ourselves on our creative arts offer, which includes a bespoke Creative Arts Leader who drives art, drama and music through our curriculum and skilled peripatetic music teachers offering piano, cello and violin lessons. Our curriculum is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values. We strongly believe phonics and reading opens up doors to all learning and this is a focus throughout the school. We want our children to use language creatively and confidently and with this in mind we design our curriculum to encourage them to use and understand the language of the subject. We want our children to talk like scientists, historians, mathematicians, geographers and artists. Magic moments during a topic via workshops, visits and drama ensures the learning is memorable and purposeful.
Our curriculum is regularly reviewed to ensure it meets the needs of all our children, and more recently to consider the global pandemic. We consistently provide enhanced opportunities to engage learning and to celebrate and develop the individual talents of our pupils. We recognise every child has different strengths, ambitions, skills and dreams and we aim to build upon these. Our school vision is that everyone reaches their full potential within our exciting, creative and nurturing environment. Our children leave Ethelbert Road as active, confident, creative and curious children who flourish and become successful in all areas of their lives.
Our Approach to Reading
We use Rocket Phonics as a structural basis of our phonics programme, which provides the sequence of learning and the structure for our assessments, but we enrich the programme with carefully chosen resources and activities in order to meet the criteria set down by the DfE for good phonics teaching.
Our Literacy/Early Years Leader regularly monitors provision of our phonics programme, to ensure that learning meets our high standards, that lessons are multi-sensory and that children’s progress is carefully tracked. We make sure all new staff are given high quality phonics CPD, and we provide regular ‘refreshers’ in terms of monitoring and feedback, staff twilights, and peer coaching, using our own experts to demonstrate lessons and share experiences. We all teach to the same programme.
As we believe the reading scheme should fit the child’s needs, and not the child fit into one scheme, we use a range of reading schemes to support reading. We have Reading Ambassadors and Reading Volunteers who support the lowest 20% readers in the school. Our Reading Ambassadors hear these children read at least 3 times a week and promote reading for pleasure.
Our Ethelbert Road reading journey ensures:
- ALL children will be heard read every week (guided reading, individual reading, reading volunteers, Reading Ambassadors, reading buddies).
- ALL children, by the time they leave school, will be able to decode and read ANY word they encounter, regardless of ability.
- ALL children will have access to high-quality texts pitched at their level.
- ALL children will be encouraged to read for pleasure.
- Parents/Carers will play an active part in their child’s learning journey and hear them read at home.
At Ethelbert Road Primary School, we intend to provide a maths curriculum, which recognises previous learning and builds upon it, giving our children the necessary skills and knowledge to become successful in their future endeavours. We believe in a mastery approach which includes sustained levels of challenge through varied and high-quality activities with a focus on fluency, reasoning and problem-solving. To support us deliver this we use Power Maths White Rose Edition.
Through mastery pupils are required to explore maths in depth, using mathematical vocabulary to reason and explain their working. A wide range of mathematical resources are used to ensure we use a combination of concrete, pictorial and abstract approaches across the school.
Children are taught to explain their choice of methods and develop their mathematical reasoning skills. we encourage resilience, adaptability and acceptance that struggle is often a necessary step in learning. Our curriculum encourages the children to enjoy the learning process and be curious learners. It allows them to make better sense of the world around them relating the pattern between mathematics and everyday life.
At Ethelbert Road Primary School, the majority of pupils move through the curriculum of study at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress should always be based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged by being offered rich mastery and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material should consolidate their understanding including through additional practice, before moving on.
We aim to ensure that all children:
Become fluent in the basics of mathematics, including varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problem solving over time, so that pupils are able to recall and apply their knowledge and use their skills rapidly and accurately.
Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, identifying patterns and relationships, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
Can solve problems by applying mathematical skills learned to a variety of increasingly sophisticated problems, where several steps are needed to find a solution.
To develop resilience that enables all children to reason and problem-solve with increased confidence.
At Ethelbert Road, children are encouraged to explore their curiosities and theories relating to Science. We ensure that children are excited and intrigued by the topics, through varied and exciting activities and investigations. We strive to incorporate Science across the curriculum, linking themes from other topics or organised days, events and trips to the subject. Our curriculum aims to broaden the children's scientific view of, and respect for the world around them, whilst promoting a love for enquiry and a desire for exploring new things. During our annual Science Weeks, the children have the opportunity to observe, investigate, explore, ask questions and understand more about the world around them.
We are always eager to work with professionals within the STEM industries to promote a positive attitude towards the exciting and fascinating world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. With this in mind, we have a well-established Go Kart Club where children design, build and race their Go Kart.
We aim to give children the freedom and autonomy to explore their ideas and make mistakes which can be reflected on. Much of our learning in Science is delivered through first-hand practical experiences, but there should also be some use of secondary sources, such as books, photographs and videos.
At Ethelbert Road, we believe that Science should allow children to:
· Experience and observe both the natural and humanly-constructed world around them.
· Be curious and ask questions.
· Explore, test and develop their understanding of scientific ideas.
· Use appropriate scientific language to communicate ideas and findings.
· Have knowledge of and exposure to the 5 types of enquiry: Comparative and Fair Testing; Observing Over Time; Investigating, Classifying and Grouping; Using Secondary Sources; Pattern-Seeking.
· Have a growing confidence when ‘working scientifically’.
Our aim is that children enjoy their PE lessons so much that they then choose to extend their skills in our wide range of sporting extracurricular clubs where they will get the opportunity to also take part in competitions at all levels.
The school trains sports leaders every year in the upper school to assist with internal competitions, events, clubs and fundraising opportunities.
Art and Design
At Ethelbert Road we recognise that Art and Design stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a special way of understanding and responding to the world. It enables children of all abilities to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern, tone, space, line and shape using a variety of different materials and processes.
We encourage children to explore ideas and meanings through the work of a diverse range of artists and designers.
Explicit links to all subjects enable children to understand how Art and Design reflects and shapes our history, and contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
We aim to ensure that all pupils:
- produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
- become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.
- evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.
- know about great artists, craft makers and designers and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms including local artists and environment.
At Ethelbert Road we have begun following the LifeWise PSHE scheme this year to deliver our Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education and it is an embedded part of our broad and balanced curriculum. Children are able to look at a wide variety of issues in their PSHE learning covering living in the wider world, Health and wellbeing and relationships. In addition, teachers often teach mini PSHE lessons in response to situations arising in the day to day life of the classes, both inside and outside of school, often basing these on our three school rules: Be safe, Be kind, Be ready.
Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development is at the heart of our school ethos. British Values are promoted through the overarching aims and objectives of PSHE by supporting our children to become healthy and responsible members of society, as well as preparing them for life and work in modern Britain.
Our Mental Health and Wellbeing Manager (MHWB manager) supports our curriculum development, working with both staff and individual children, where needed.
At Ethelbert Road we believe that Religious Education plays an important part in developing our children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural growth. Through the teaching of R.E. children gain a better understanding of themselves and their belief system and also develop an awareness of the differing beliefs of others. R.E. offers our children a means by which to understand how other people choose to live and to understand why they choose to live in that way. This helps children to develop respect and tolerance towards their peers, staff and the community as a whole. As well as developing factual knowledge of a variety of religions, R.E. also encourages students to ask questions about life, develop self-reflection and promotes attitudes of confidence and thoughtfulness about themselves and others. We aspire to help children to develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues which is an essential skill in our 21st century multi-cultural society.
We currently follow the Kent Agreed Syllabus, which gives children a key question to explore each term, focusing on one or more religion. This allows children to explore a variety of religions across their time at Ethelbert Road, noticing both the similarities and differences between different beliefs. It also gives them space to consider their own beliefs and how these are similar and different to the beliefs of other people.