Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Planners

We work closely with our other Primary Schools in the Trust. We follow a thematic curriculum based on the knowledge and skills acquired from the National Curriculum.

Detailed curriculum plans will follow in Spring/Summer 2021 as we link our themes and learning to the interests of the children.

Early Years and Foundation Stage (EYFS)

At Launceston Primary School, we greatly value the importance of the early years foundation stage (EYFS) in providing a secure foundation for future learning and development.

Our approach has been developed in conjunction with the relevant DfE guidance and legislation to ensure that each child has a happy and positive start to their school life in which they can build a foundation for a love of learning.

We ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. We promote teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and give children a broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life. This encompasses four themes; A Unique Child, Learning and Development, Positive Relationships and Enabling Environments.

We seek to provide:

  • Quality and consistency, so that every child makes good progress and no child gets left behind.

  • A secure foundation through learning and development opportunities which are planned around the needs and interests of each child and are assessed and reviewed regularly.

  • Partnership working between practitioners and parents.

  • Equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice, ensuring that every child is included and supported.

Early years foundation stage (EYFS) statutory framework

Early Years policy 20_21.pdf

English, Communication and Languages

Communication lies at the heart of our capacity to imagine, think and create and makes a crucial contribution to children’s development as successful learners. Language underpins children’s achievement across the curriculum and lays the foundations for active involvement in cultural life, society, work and lifelong learning.

Mathematical Understanding

Mathematics introduces children to concepts, skills and thinking strategies that are essential in everyday life and support learning across the curriculum. It helps children make sense of the numbers, patterns and shapes they see in the world around them, offers ways of handling data in an increasingly digital world and makes a crucial contribution to their development as successful learners.

Scientific and Technological Understanding

Our children live in a fast-moving world and science and technology are fundamental to exploring, understanding and influencing the natural and made worlds in which we live. They encourage children’s natural curiosity and creativity, inspiring awe and wonder.

Historical, Geographical and Social Understanding

This encourages pupils to investigate the world around them, from the local to the global. They learn about the impact of their actions on the planet and understand the importance of developing a sustainable future. Through exploring cultures, belief, values, human rights and responsibilities, children develop a deeper understanding of themselves and others, and a sense of belonging.

Arts

Children participate in art and design, drama, music and dance, helping them to become responsive, critical and appreciative. They discover the value of discipline and practice and, in responding to the work of others, they gain insights to the different viewpoints, identities, tradition and cultures.

Physical Development, Health and Well-being

To enjoy healthy, active and fulfilling lives, children must learn to respond positively to challenges to develop self-confidence and physical capabilities. This area of learning lays the foundations for long term well-being and contributes to children’s mental, social, emotional and physical development.

Sport and PE

We are very fortunate to have a very large playing field and sports area within the school grounds. Football and netball are our main winter sports and we play competitively against other schools.

Athletics, rounders and tennis are the main summer sports and our teams have a good reputation for both the quality of their performance and the spirit in which they play.

We have regular trips to the leisure centre in Launceston with whole school swimming lessons and children receive expert tuition from visiting coaches in a variety of sports including urban polo.

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education

At Launceston Primary school we teach the fundamental building blocks and characteristics of positive relationships, with particular reference to friendships, family relationships, and relationships with other children and with adults.

This starts with pupils being taught about what a relationship is, what friendship is, what family means and who the people are who can support them. From the beginning of primary school, building on early education, pupils are taught how to take turns, how to treat each other with kindness, consideration and respect, the importance of honesty and truthfulness, permission seeking and giving, and the concept of personal privacy.

Relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education

Primary Relationships, Sex and Health Education Policy 20_21.docx JANUARY 2021.pdf

Religious Education

This provides challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.


Instrumental Tuition

Every child has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument and lessons are organised in the school by the County Instrumental Tuition Service. Pupils have to provide their own instrument (the school have a few) and a standard charge for the tuition is made at the beginning of each term.

Should you require any further information regarding the curriculum we follow here at Launceston Primary please do not hesitate to get in contact.