Our inclusive teaching strategies enable all pupils to realise their full potential. Learners develop their independence, resilience, empathy and confidence to embrace challenge. Children acquire a deeper awareness of their rights and responsibilities as global citizens now and in the future.
We are proud of our rural nature and have beautiful outdoor spaces to enhance our curriculum. We visit farms, local wild areas and beaches to enhance our pupils’ understanding of the rich heritage that we live within. We view ourselves as a ‘growing school’, developing practical skills alongside curriculum areas.
We teach writing through an exciting storytelling approach. From creative starting points, often enriched by off-site visits, drama, film and IT, children are inspired to write creatively for a variety of exciting purposes and audiences. Our pupils in KS1 are taught phonics through the Ruth Miskin Read, Write Inc scheme, whilst pupils who are beyond the phonics scheme and are ready to read independently are read a quality shared text each day and refine their comprehension skills through discussion and responding in writing. In addition to this, pupils are challenged to read six ‘spine’ books each year, drawn from the rich world of children’s literature including classic, modern and world texts.
Our mathematics is taught with a high emphasis on gaining a strong grasp of fluency such as mental maths skills and on using reasoning to solve problems. Using the White Rose materials and Power Maths scheme, we plan lessons to engage our pupils in developing a strong grasp of mathematical concepts all the way through our school.
Our wider curriculum is planned with the children’s interests in mind. Working as a Trust, we have created a subject block approach which encourages our pupils to question and explore wider issues whilst learning about Science, Geography and History through key questions. As we have mixed age classes, these are visited by the pupils on a rolling programme. Within each block, we plan for real life outcomes alongside exciting trips and visits, bringing learning to life and making it meaningful, referring to the National Curriculum 2014 and the Cornwall Agreed Syllabus for RE, with reference to Understanding Christianity.
We collaborate with our partner schools within St Barnabas MAT to provide further opportunities for our children.There are regular trips or visits from special visitors to enhance our pupils’ experience of learning and life. Where possible, we engage with our local farming community to enable our pupils to gain a greater understanding of rural life and the different opportunities available.