The school curriculum comprises all learning and other experiences that each school plans for its pupils. At Grove Primary School we provide a broad, balanced, enriched and challenging curriculum, which is taught in ways appropriate to pupil’s ages and abilities. The planning by teachers takes account of Government requirements and the school’s own policies and schemes of work.
We recognise that successful education is a partnership with children, parents, staff, governors, the community and other relevant external agencies, working closely together to ensure optimum benefits for all.
At Grove we see ourselves as a central part of the community Lowestoft, as well as of the UK as a whole and the wider world. We aim to develop our pupils’ sense of belonging and of responsibility to the communities to which we belong.
We believe that pupils have a vital role to play in helping to determine the future direction of our school. At Grove, pupils themselves make many significant contributions to this and in a number of different ways.
Our School Council comprises of two pupils from each year group. The School Council is involved in all aspects of school life and contributes in many ways. As well as representing the views of pupils, they are involved in making decisions such as about which charities will be supported. They also participate in the appointment of senior members of staff through a rigorous selection process.
These opportunities provide vital life skills and help prepare pupils for their future lives, helping them to develop independence, tolerance, self- confidence as well as an understanding of the benefits of team work and collaboration.
At Grove, we are passionate about providing a broad, balanced and cultural education for our pupils. We believe that our pupils should be able to express themselves through the arts and build confidence for everyday life. Each year we invite specialists, or send children on enrichment days, to work with the children to enhance their learning experiences. Recent projects involve collaboration with Authors Abroad where a number of children in KS2 were invited to attend both maths and English enrichment sessions. These activities, combined with those provided by members of our talented and dedicated staff team, help ensure that everyone has opportunities to develop skills in areas which interest them.
It is important that every effort should be made to ensure that the school’s ethos and curriculum actively promote the fundamental British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs; and encourage pupils to respect other people, with particular regard to the protected characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010.
Underpinning everything that we do is the belief that effective assessment, as part of on-going learning and teaching and with the active involvement of pupils, is the most powerful means of improving learning and raising standards.
Assessment for learning involves:
· the sharing of learning objectives/intentions and success criteria with pupils, and the development of these with the pupils;
· giving oral and written feedback to pupils based on these objectives/intentions, with the feedback relating directly to their learning in a way that they can understand and act upon;
· the use of questioning to help pupils express and discuss their ideas and their understanding;
· the nurturing of pupils as independent learners through the development of self-assessment and peer assessment.
Weaving these four elements together in all curriculum areas ensures that the most effective learning takes place and achievement is high. We encourage our pupils to be enthusiastic, committed learners who thrive on challenge and have the ability to learn and work both independently and collaboratively.