Primary age children are organised into different ‘Key Stages’ and the curriculum is geared towards the learning and development needs of children at each stage:
Early Years Foundation Stage:
This covers children from Birth to age 5. At The Grange County Primary School, this is children who are in Reception.
Key Stage 1:
Children in Years 1 and 2
Key Stage 2:
Children in years 3, 4, 5 and 6.
Grange Curriculum – Our intent through our common threads
Our curriculum facilitates opportunities and experiences that create talented, unique and decent young people. It ensures that children do not stay still and settle for anything but their best. Our new curriculum is a platform for them to build an outstanding work ethic and strong core values.
At The Grange, all of our children, regardless of their age, ability, need, cultural background or means, deserve an education rich in wonder, memorable experiences, positive relationships and an enjoyment of learning.
All pupils are in an environment where they can consistently achieve highly, in particular the most disadvantaged and that pupils with special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities achieve exceptionally well so that they are able to show great potential, mettle, a strong moral compass and a massive commitment to our school and community.
Our curriculum is ambitious for all; demanding that children are challenged and push themselves hard; being studious and eager to go above and beyond. At the Grange, we encompass 6 common threads which reach across our school’s curriculum termly allowing for parity, shared experience, and a common vocabulary throughout the school.
Our common threads are;
Our teachers have a firm and common understanding of the National Curriculum and this underpins our school curriculum.
Our curriculum allows children's natural creativity and curiosity to flourish, alongside the purposeful acquisition of skills and knowledge. It is successfully adapted, designed, and developed for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities and provides ‘hands-on’ practical learning that supports pupils to make ‘real-life’ world connections.
Our curriculum ensures that our children set themselves high standards and demands that they always demonstrate that they care about everything and everyone. Through the curriculum, they are expected to embrace changes and challenges thrust upon them with grace and enthusiasm. The vast range of opportunities given to our pupils from Foundation Stage to Year 6, matches the aims of our curriculum and our context.
Safeguarding, SCARF (Safety, Caring Achievement Resilience, Friendship) and the Safeguarding Children in Banbury Programme underpins all that we do at The Grange; giving us all the right to feel safe wherever we are.
Our curriculum ensures that students leave The Grange brave enough and academically and emotionally equipped to chew up the world and spit it out; so that they are prepared to be open to and strong enough to rely on their own moral strength and independence and be able to differentiate between what is right and wrong, fair and unfair.
We believe the personal development of our pupils through the foundation of The Grange Way, Fundamental British Values, Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Education and RSE does all of this, giving children the best chance to become well-rounded, happy individuals, ready to succeed and thrive in an ever-changing, ever-expanding and always-connected digital world.
Topic based learning
We ensure that learning is based around engaging and fun topics and common threads and in addition to class-based learning, we ensure that there is a whole school entitlement for all children to learn outside the classroom using the local area and personal expertise.
In the reception class, children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.
We follow the National Curriculum in years 1 to 6. This is composed of the eleven subjects;
· Art and Design
· Design and Technology
· Physical Education (specialist P.E Teacher Complete PE for Sport)
Religious Education is a statutory subject with the agreed syllabus determined by Oxfordshire County Council and is known as the 'local agreed syllabus'. We use Discovery Education to support the teaching of R.E across the school.
Personal Development is also (PD) taught on a weekly basis using resources from Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience, Friendship (SCARF) and Safeguarding children in Banbury.