At Ellington Primary School, we are committed to providing a purposeful, inspiring and stimulating curriculum that fully prepares learners for the next steps in their education and opens the doors to the modern, wider world. Core English and Maths skills are at the heart of all we do and our ambitious curriculum provokes curiosity and excitement.
Our curriculum drivers are at the core of everything we do and underpin our shared belief that our role is to raise children’s aspirations, develop independent thinking and tolerance.
Aspirations - We believe it is our responsibility to show children that there is a world of opportunities awaiting them. Inspiring dreams, hopes, or ambitions to achieve through long-term goals. Aspirations are important for pupils because they help to motivate them and give them a sense of purpose. When pupils have aspirations, they are more likely to be engaged in their learning and to work towards achieving their goals. Aspirations can also help pupils to develop a growth mindset, which is the belief that they can improve their abilities through effort and hard work. This is associated with higher levels of academic achievement and better outcomes later in life.
Research has shown that pupils who have high aspirations are more likely to achieve their goals, and that these aspirations are influenced by a range of factors, including their family background, the school environment, and their own experiences and self-belief. Therefore, it is important for schools to foster a culture of high aspirations, in which pupils are encouraged to set ambitious goals and supported in working towards them. This is achieved at Ellington through a range of strategies, including providing high-quality teaching and learning, offering a broad and balanced curriculum, and promoting positive relationships between pupils, staff, and parents.
Independent Thinking -
We strive to encourage a love of learning, and a metacognitive understanding of how pupils can best learn and self-regulate, that will continue into secondary school and beyond. We will build skills which allow children to take action and solve problems confidently and with flexibility. Developing independent thinking is an important aspect of education, as it can lead to greater pupil engagement and motivation, and can help pupils become more self-directed learners.
Metacognition refers to the ability to think about one's own thinking and learning processes. It involves being aware of one's own strengths and weaknesses as a learner, and being able to plan, monitor, and evaluate one's own learning. Metacognition is an important aspect of self-regulated learning, which is the ability to independently manage one's own learning. Research has shown that developing metacognitive skills can improve pupil outcomes, and there are a number of strategies we use to support the development of metacognition in pupils. These include modelling their own thinking, explicitly teaching metacognitive strategies, promoting metacognitive talk in the classroom, and setting an appropriate level of challenge to develop pupils' self-regulation and metacognition.
The Wider World - Within our curriculum, we learn about cultures, families and ways of life that may be different to our own. Our curriculum develops pupils’ learning and understanding of the wider world, celebrating diversity by promoting a positive school culture that values and respects diversity. This is achieved through celebrating cultural festivals and events, promoting diversity in the school environment, and encouraging open and respectful dialogue about different cultures and perspectives.
Our curriculum is tailored to the needs of all of our children. We celebrate our local heritage and cultivate children’s understanding of the communities of which they are a part. Significant people have been intertwined through each area of our curriculum. These include people of local, national and international significance. The study of significant individuals brings life to our learning, meaning children are more likely to recall key facts and events.
Our sequential curriculum ensures that knowledge is cumulative. Knowledge is at the heart of each subject and linked areas of study are exploited in order to consolidate and embed learning across the curriculum.