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.
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.
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 Letters and Sounds 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. These include Oxford Reading Tree, Collins, Rigby Star and Osbourne Books. We have a Literacy Teaching Assistant who supports the delivery of phonic and reading lessons across the school.
Here 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.
Here 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.