At Loughborough C of E Primary School
We want our children …
… to have the roots to grow and the wings to fly!
Because we believe …
…that every child and adult is special to God and uniquely made in his image.
And therefore we aim to provide…
…a secure and caring school in which all children flourish and thrive, by building an encouraging environment which celebrates their successes.
… a rich and inspiring curriculum which provides opportunities to spark curiosity, experiment and take risks, solve problems and be creative, so that our children become emotionally resilient, independent and aspirational life-long learners, ready to take their place in a local, global and international community and live life in all its fullness - wherever their journey takes them.
The International Primary Curriculum (IPC)
After careful consideration of our vision and values, we have chosen the IPC to help us to deliver our aspirational curriculum for the foundation subjects.
The IPC extends knowledge, skills and understanding, develops personal attributes and supports an international perspective in a way that responds to revised ideas about learning.
Our units are organised around a theme, which helps children to see how subjects are both ‘independent’ and ‘interdependent’ enabling them to see ‘the big picture’ of their learning, make connections through and across different subjects, and talk about a theme from multiple perspectives.
There is a distinct learning process with every IPC unit, providing a structured approach to make sure that children’s learning experiences are as stimulating and rigorous as possible.
Below is a helpful guide to the IPC for parents. A curriculum newsletter will be shared with parents at the start of each new IPC unit, so that you can support your child with their learning through discussion, visits and activities at home.
Long Term Curriculum Planning
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
At Loughborough C of E Primary School, our Foundation Stage team are passionate about providing a joyful and stimulating environment in which children feel safe to explore their own interests, build relationships with others and embark on their own, individual school journey. We enjoy planning engaging activities that open our children’s eyes to the world around them and encourage them to become the best learners they can be. Through a mix of ‘teacher-led’ input and ‘pupil-initiated’ learning, we ensure children can participate in enquiry, discovery and reflection in both the indoor and outdoor learning areas.
We also value the ideas and opinions of our children and we encourage them to listen to and consider other people’s points of view. We give children the opportunity to negotiate, problem solve and communicate with their peers so they can deal with real life situations calmly and thoughtfully.
In the EYFS, we love sharing rhymes, stories and books. When we read together, we get to visit exciting places, meet diverse characters and learn interesting new vocabulary. It is a privilege to observe our children as they take all these new experiences into their play and learning. As EYFS staff, we understand that we can help children to foster a lifelong love of reading and we have lots of exciting ways to inspire and engage our young readers.
We know that each child is individual with their own strengths, interests and opinions and we celebrate that. Our aim is that by the time our children leave the EYFS provision, they will be happy, independent and motivated learners who are capable of tackling challenges, building relationships and being successful.
EYFS at Loughborough C of E Primary School:
- Teachers have high expectations of children in the early years and learning opportunities are well planned, based on regular and accurate assessment of achievement so that every child is suitably challenged.
- Planning is based on 'child initiated learning' that has proved very effective.
- Children are highly motivated, enjoy learning, have good relationships with their peers and are self-motivated to learn.
- The vibrant indoor and outdoor environment provides imaginative, varied and stimulating continuous provision to enhance child initiated learning, which promotes their imagination and curiosity.
- Children investigate learning opportunities during choosing time and engage full, being always keen to 'have a go' with sensitive encouragement from adults to explore all areas.
- Teachers respond to children's interests, amend planning to meet these, with assessments sharply focused to include all who are involved in each child's development.
- Teachers monitor the progress of each child, set challenging targets to ensure they meet the Early Learning Goals in all areas of learning.
- Children enjoy sharing their achievements, ask questions to further their knowledge and can talk enthusiastically about the next steps in their learning.