Leedstown School uses Chris Quigley's Essential Curriculum as a basis to plan units of work with a cross-curricular, thematic approach which is meaningful and engaging for the children.
The school curriculum has two elements; to provide opportunities for all pupils to achieve; and to promote Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development and to prepare all pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.
At Leedstown there is an emphasis on experiential learning, including the opportunities for outdoor activities, visits and visitors.
In addition, we place a large emphasis on cross-curricular links, which leads to an immersive approach, where the children ask questions, take ownership and develop a love for learning. Please click on the link to find out more about this, through our use of ‘Big Books.’
Please see the subject areas below to see what your child will be learning and the skills that they will be developing whilst at Leedstown School.
Some key aspects of our curriculum implementation
Personalised Learning At Leedstown, we endeavour to find out what interests the children and how they want to learn. Children have the opportunity to contribute to their learning with ideas for their projects. We plan and design learning opportunities that are relevant and engaging and have real world outcomes
Project Based Learning Children gain knowledge and skills by investigating and responding to an “essential question” across a term. Project based learning involves several skills and stages which are embedded across the curriculum, enabling clear links to be made.
Environmental Stimulus Learning environments take on the appearance of a time, place or event being explored and are changed with every new theme. Classrooms have a variety of flexible learning spaces, which can be adapted for different lessons and which allow children to make decisions about how they would like to learn.
Challenge Based Learning Children apply skills to real life problems and are encouraged to use a range of resources and approaches; the children start with a challenge and can then make their own choices to solve the problem, often working with others to do so.
Engagement Pedagogy The curriculum is planned around a termly theme which drives the children’s learning and the teachers’ planning ensuring an integrated, cross-curricular approach. Themes are complemented by visits / visitors and real-life tasks. Core subjects are integrated into the theme.