After a variety of discussions regarding curriculum we have come to the following conclusions!

We want a curriculum that is:
· Develops the whole child in every aspect.
· Broad, varied, exciting and fun.
· Relevant and engaging and makes our children think.
· Based upon the principals of good learning and teaching.
· Innovative and takes everyone out of their comfort zone.
· Appropriate to their age, development and needs.
· Flexible but does not lack rigor.
· Focused on making progress and giving children the skills they need to be successful.
· Designed to meet all areas of learning and sees them as equally important.
· Dedicated to providing high standards of Literacy and Numeracy.
· Based on the principals of drama for learning and mathematical thinking.
To start the curriculum journey it is vital to ‘give it a go’ and these are some of the things that we would like to trial for the 2013 Autumn term. Once the term has come to an end we will review and create a second prototype!

Planning
· A Literacy and Numeracy plan has been put in place and this will be used on a weekly basis. It focusses on the development of key skills and the building blocks of learning.
· Foundation subject planning will be completed on a weekly basis and this will be based on a format that supports thinking.
· The planning journey should start on a blank piece of paper. It should be creative, collaborate and enjoyable. Learning should connect where it can and it needs to be engaging and relevant.
· Be aware of Literacy Genres, Mathematical knowledge and skills and foundation subject coverage.
· You are allowed to ‘chunk’ learning and ‘linking’ is key. BEWARE – if it doesn’t link then don’t force it to.
· As you plan for the Autumn start to think about the individual skills you may be developing! We will discuss these later.
· The first 4 weeks of the Autumn term is a whole school topic called ‘Who do you think you are?’ We will have a chat about some of the things you may want to look at.

Books
· There will be four books across the school. Literacy book, Big writing book, Numeracy Book and a “Learning Journal”.
· The Big write book is where your best work goes. This is after editing and creating the work. It should be done in the best handwriting style possible and should show the child at their best. It is also vital that there are at least 12 pieces in this book a year and that they are from a range of genres, including poetry!
· Even though there are no squares in the Maths books please remember that scribbling and work that is intentionally untidy – is still unacceptable.
· We will talk about a Visual Learning Diary for a week that is very practical.

Parents
· At the start of every day and at the end it is vital that every member of staff stands at the door and greets the pupils and parents as they come in. This face to face contact is a non negotiable and is important in developing our ethos.
· Within the first two weeks we will be having a informal ‘Meet your teacher’ session where parents can come in and get to know all the staff that will be working in the class and it will give you a chance to explain your expectations.
· We will be having a session a week where parents are invited in to the class for the first 15 minutes to work on a task with their child. We will talk about these ‘stay and play’ sessions.
· Every term we will be doing a ‘open school’ morning where parents can get an opportunity to walk around the school and see learning in action.
· We are also going to reimage the ‘friends of Lings’ and this will be one of the big jobs for the Autumn term We would love to have staff on the group to help us out. Volunteers?

The environment
· Every class will have a role play and dressing up area. This may be constructed outside the class if needs be. This area needs to be directly related to your learning experience. There is money for dressing up boxes etc?
· Every class will have a Literacy and Numeracy working wall and there will be evidence of drama for writing in every class. There will also be an ‘all about me’ board where the children explain what they are good at. It is our job to make sure that we inject these passions in to our curriculum. Aim is to tick every one of these off by the end of the year!
· Classrooms will be neat and tidy and we need to get rid of ‘piles’ that appear over the year. I am the main guilty party in this respect!
· There needs to be a ‘journey’ from the front door of the school that changes on a termly basis. Art is key for the development of this learning journey and I will explain more about this later.
· The displays in the hall should be an indication of what we are doing as a school and these will change on a termly basis. Three times a year! The first one is going to be based on a coat of arms or something of a similar theme.
· We need to look at our resources and begin to call them ‘tools for thinking’. There are many reasons for this decision and I will explain further!

Timetable changes
· The mornings will continue to be focused on Literacy and Numeracy and the groups in year 3 / 4 and year 5 / 6 will run as normal. It is up to Matthew and Christina to work with their teams to allocate teachers to these groups and allocate the support that is needed. This support may change on a half termly basis and must be totally focused on the needs of the children.
· The Literacy and Numeracy sessions will follow the new planning and will detail the work on reading, spelling, phonics, oral starters and key skills. Drama for learning will continue to be the methodology by which we teach our curriculum.
· Music – This will continue to be on a Thursday morning and children from reception to year 4 will access Lydia Whittaker’s time. Staff will need to be involved in these sessions and it is not ‘time to do marking’ etc. We need to all talk to Lydia about our linked learning and how her music sessions can link in to the work that you are doing in class.
· Soundstart – This will also continue on a Tuesday afternoon and will involved year 5 and year 6.
· Dance – Monday afternoons will be year 5 and 6 and Friday mornings will be reception to year 4. Once again it is vital that staff are involved in these sessions and that we model engagement. It is also important that we speak to Sam and link the dance that they are doing to the learning in class. Dance and Music MUST form a key part of our curriculum!
· Assembly – We will keep the Monday and Friday’s assembly with the same themes that we have been looking at. We will need to change the Wednesday assembly to Thursday as there are far too many sports tournaments on a Wednesday, which means that people miss these sessions.
· PPA time – Year 3 and 4 will stay on Tuesday. Year 5 and 6 will have to go to a Wednesday. This is because Wednesday afternoon ahs been chosen as the town day to do sports tournaments. Most of these tournaments affect our year 5 and 6 children so with their best interests at heart, we will need to move the day. Reception, year 1 and year 2 will now be on a Thursday afternoon.
· Meetings – Staff meeting will have to be on a Tuesday afternoon from 3:30 to 5:00 pm. Leadership team meetings will remain on a Monday afternoon from 12:00 to 2:45 pm. Multi agency meetings will remain on Tuesday lunchtime from 12:00 to 1:00 pm.
· Notivate will continue on a Friday afternoon but will involve 15 children at a time, half a class. This will mean that year 5 and 6 will need to think about the split of these children and how to manage it. Nicola will still be involved in supporting these sessions.
· Swimming will remain on a Monday afternoon for this year but we are looking at the possibility of changing the time next year.
· 8:45 to 9:00 am – This slot will now be devoted to the following areas. Reading to your class at least once a week. Thinking skills at least twice a week. Stay and play session once a week. Target setting on a Monday morning. I will explain further!
· Friday 1:00 to 2:45 pm. This will become our WOW / Awesome afternoon. The thinking behind this is to take a key skill / theme that we think we need to develop across the school. Each teacher will play a part in the delivery of this learning and may be asked to teach groups across the school. We will plan this as a whole staff and will allocate who is going where.

Leadership
· The leadership team has written a document explaining our roles and responsibilities. Please could you read this document and feed back to us. These roles and responsibilities will begin in September 2013.
· Achievement teams – Every member of staff will be involved in an achievement team. This is a team that will take responsibility for a particular area of whole school development. They will come up with actions that they would like to carry out and the impact that they want to have. Time will be given to these groups to meet and the leadership team will not be part of the structure. The groups will choose TWO things that they would like to put in place. They will then share these two areas with the whole staff. The areas we want to focus on are:
· The Arts – We need to develop Art across the school. It needs to be used more in class and it needs a higher profile across the school. We need to work with Artists in our community and we need to look at the skills of the children.
· Scientific enquiry and Thinking – How do we develop the thinking of our children? How do we get them to be better at following a line of enquiry and be creative problem solvers?
· Pupil voice – How do we really give our children a voice? Not just a school council that meets every term!

Subject specific
· As of September we are changing the way we teach sport! We are going to be running a new curriculum that is based on FUNS (fundamentals) and raising the Bar. We will be training all staff in the use of these materials. I will be working alongside Anne and Matthew to deliver sport next year and Back of the Net will no longer be working with us.
· We will also be working with Anna Carter and Sarah White throughout the year to develop Drama for Learning and a dedicated approach to maths. We will also be looking at a new calculation policy and defining how we teach Numeracy and how we link learning.
· Technology – As of September I will not be teaching ICT as I am going to be working on developing the PE curriculum. I will be focusing my attention on helping staff embed ICT in to their learning and teaching. We will plan the sessions together and I will help deliver these sessions when I can. I will also be on hand when you need help. There is a lot of training to be done in this area next year. I need to teach you all how to run your own blogs, work with the new TV system, use purple mash, use the Tutor system in the ICT suite and I am sure there are many more things.
· Performance – It is vital that our children learn the importance of performance and how to speak to an audience. Performance is part of our curriculum and every year group will have a performance unit on a yearly basis. The unit will culminate in a performance to the school and the parents. A suggested timetable would look like this!

Date Performance
Autumn 1 Talent Show – to fit in with who do you think you are. Whole school
Autumn 2 Christmas performance (Year 3 and 4)
Spring 1Drama club production
Spring 2 Spring production (Rec, year 1 and year 2)
Summer 1Derngate Production. Drama club
Summer 2 Summer Production (Year 5 and 6)


· The weekly class assemblies will continue but these are more about show and tell. They are not productions they are merely a chance to show what children have been doing in class. They still need to develop public speaking and all the skills needed when addressing an audience. They need to be well organised and prepared but they are not extravaganzas!
· The whole school will be engaging in the Design Thinking process next year. We will all receive training for the process and how to use it to get your children to think. It is a system that I am sure you will be very impressed with and it is something that can be used in every subject!

There’s more!
· The Development of learning characters is something we would like to look at. I am going to do some work on this to define ‘who’ these characters are and how they can be used. I will hopefully present this to everyone in September.
· Houses – The big Pupil Project for next year is going to create houses for our school. It will be a project that will be run as a whole school and we will aim to put the house system in place by January 2014.
· PASS assessments – I would like to do a Pupils Attitude to Self and School assessment on all children from year 3 to year 6. This will give us a chance to look at their personal well being and an indication of any children that we need to pick up. I envisage doing this on a yearly basis and using the data and hard evidence of emotional development.
Day 8:45 – 9:00 9:00 – 10:30 10:30 10:45 10:45 – 12:00 12:00 1:00 1:00 – 2:00 2:00 2:10 2:00 – 3:15 After school
Monday Target setting – Individual and class. Reading / Spelling / Phonics / Sentence level LITERACY Break Mental / Oral / Key Skills NUMERACY Lunch Swimming Dance – Year 5 and 6. Linked. Leadership time. PE Swimming Dance – Year 5 and 6. Linked. Leadership time. Heads assembly – 2:50 pm.
Tuesday Thinking skills Reading / Spelling / Phonics / Sentence level LITERACY Break Mental / Oral / Key Skills NUMERACY Lunch Soundstart PPA time – year 3 and 4. PE Soundstart PPA time – year 3 and 4. Staff meeting.
Wednesday Stay and play Reading / Spelling / Phonics / Sentence level LITERACY Break Mental / Oral / Key Skills NUMERACY Lunch PPA time – year 5 and 6. Town sports. PE PPA time – year 5 and 6. Town sports.
Thursday Thinking skills Music – Year 3 and 4. Linked. Break Music – Rec, 1 and 2. Linked. Lunch PPA time – rec, year 1 and 2. PE PPA time – rec, year 1 and 2. CLASS ASSEMBLY 2:50 pm.
Friday Class reading Dance – Year 3 and 4. Linked Break Dance – Rec, 1 and 2. Linked Lunch WOW Notivate PE WOW Notivate Achievement assembly – 2:45 pm.