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  • Primary School, Glaston Hill Road,
  • Eversley, Hook, Hampshire,
  • RG27 0LX
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Curriculum: The CKS Concept Approach

At Charles Kingsley’s CE Primary school we believe in providing children with an exciting, broad and balanced curriculum which provides them with first hand experiences and builds on their prior knowledge. Through our ‘Concept Led Curriculum’ and the statutory subjects, we motivate and enthuse the children through developing their abilities, interests and potential in order to prepare them for the next stage in their lives.

 

A “Concept Led Curriculum” is driven by big ideas rather than the subject content. By leading pupils to consider the context in which they will use their understanding, concept based learning brings real world meaning to content, knowledge and skills.

 

The children are at the centre of all we do and therefore we pride ourselves on personalising their learning through using a broad range of teaching strategies that take into account the ways in which children learn in order to foster engagement, motivation and creativity.

 

Our school bases the content of the curriculum on the National Curriculum 2014. The National Curriculum subjects will be taught in many ways; at times some subjects may be linked together within a concept and at other times separate subject teaching will be used. The School Values Model drives the planning and teaching of all subjects.

 

You will find our half termly concept overviews below. 

Charles Kingsley's Curriculum Policy

Charles Kingsley's Curriculum Intent, implementation, Impact and Evaluation

How do we encourage our children to learn?

The school caters for both infant and junior age pupils, known as:

Early Years Foundation Stage: Age 4 and 5

Key Stage One: Age 5 – 7

Key Stage Two: Age 7 – 11

 

A variety of teaching and learning styles are used including whole class, groups activities and individual work. This allows the individual needs of each child to be catered for by the teacher and the learning support assistants.

Learning Habits

At Charles Kingsley’s CE Primary School, we believe strongly that one of the keys to success is the building of good habits. Habits are powerful, they can lead us to be great thinkers, great leaders and to keep on learning but habits can also be destructive – when we get into bad habits we often struggle to change our mindset. For any habit to become a habit repetition is key-we must provide opportunities for learners to practise the process of good habit forming and to reflect on the habits that they are creating.

 

The research done by Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick, on The Habits of Mind, is developing our understanding of how we can embed positive habits across the curriculum for learners. These habits are designed as a set of behaviours that help learners change and form positive habits for lifelong learning and success. They cover habits such as interdependence, flexible thinking and perseverance – the type of skills we all need to be successful in life. These habits tap into the skills we also need to be successful learners, the ability to revise even though we might not want to, the need to check and change work as you go and the ability to think about your thinking and how it happens.

 

Charles Kingsley’s CE Primary School promotes the benefits of positive habit learning throughout lessons so that pupils and staff internalise them and are able to live and learn well in a complex world.

 

Humour, Motivation, Organisation, Resilience, Resourcefulness, Taking risks, Reflection, Perseverance 

Concepts and Philosophy for Children

 

Here are some resources and examples of discussion based around different concepts and "bigger ideas". 

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