At Langdale, we have designed a distinct and unique curriculum which meets the academic requirements of the National Curriculum whilst also providing the social and emotional learning that is so essential to our pupils in this day and age. Our curriculum mirrors our vision: Love Learning, Love Langdale.
We believe our curriculum will strike the right balance between engaging, meaningful learning and also enabling key skills to be mastered. Learning is differentiated to meet the needs of all children, challenging and supporting where appropriate. The curriculum is relevant to the children’s life experiences, inspires and engages them in their learning and enables them to work in a flexible and collaborative way using their imagination.
We believe that our school aims and values are fulfilled within our curriculum in both the implicit and explicit elements, so our children develop their full potential in all aspects of their learning and personal development.
Our curriculum aims to build on the children’s knowledge and helps them to develop interpersonal skills, build resilience and become creative and critical thinkers. Our curriculum will focus on the development of children’s knowledge and skills across all primary subjects with the aim of ensuring pupils are ready for the next stage of their learning.
Every child in the school is recognised as a unique individual. We celebrate and welcome differences within our diverse school community. Through our teaching, learning and behaviour expectations, we give pupils the knowledge and understanding of how discrimination and prejudiced behaviour is dealt with, including the prevention of bullying. Pupils with special needs are well-supported in school with extra support and/or resources deployed where necessary to help close individual learning gaps.
Community involvement is an integral part of our curriculum, inviting families and visitors (when it is safe to do so) to facilitate learning new skills and sharing experiences such as assemblies and Arts Week (new in 2021). Children leave Langdale with a sense of belonging to a community where they have the confidence and skills to make decisions, self-evaluate, make connections and become lifelong learners.
Our key aims are that when children leave us to move on to secondary school, they have:
OUR CURRICULUM APPROACH
Our curriculum is designed with excellence and equality at the core of all we do.
Our learning approach, our learning environments and our curriculum are organised with the children at the centre, so their experience at Langdale is of a rich, rewarding education where they achieve and succeed every day. One of our children summed up the attitude which shines out throughout our school:
Langdale is a highly organised school, offering a carefully structured, broad and balanced curriculum. We keep an appropriate focus on the core subjects of English and Maths, whilst also ensuring that all children benefit from a rich and diverse range of topics. In this way we extend children's learning far beyond the requirements of the National Curriculum and ensure we are offering a vibrant, progressive and ambitious curriculum for all subjects.
Our curriculum is clearly structured to ensure every child is developing their core skills, experiencing a broad and rich curriculum and do so alongside building excellent personal, social and emotional skills.
The school builds experiences which will develop children’s skills and knowledge in all areas of learning incorporating the academic, physical, artistic, linguistic, scientific and technological.
We have a curriculum rooted in subject disciplines but which builds clear connections between subjects to ensure learning is relevant and coherent for example content from geography work may inspire letter writing or design technology projects being built upon learning in computing and science. Our local context in Blackpool and richness of having access to our unique locality inspires many aspects of our curriculum as does the exciting, diverse community around and within our school.
At Langdale, we previously used the Lancashire Curriculum Overview as a basis for our planning. It provided a themed, cross curricular approach to the children's learning based on the National Curriculum. The staff at school are currently tailoring our curriculum to be relevant to our children and community, the documents you see are a work in progress.
We firmly believe that "the quality of an education system (or a school) cannot exceed the quality of its teachers" and this principle is key to our school's approach. We invest significantly in recruiting, retaining and developing high quality teaching staff so that all learning in all our lessons is excellent for all children. Teachers work hard to ensure that the work is interesting, inspiring and challenging to all. Highly trained support staff provide additional classroom assistance throughout the school.
At Langdale, our Reception team provides high quality, integrated early education for 4 – 5 year olds, ensuring that our children have solid foundations on which they can build their future learning.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum that we follow encourages the children to enjoy success and achievement in an atmosphere of care: Langdale children feel included, valued and secure.
The Foundation Stage gives children the opportunity to learn through structured play and through hands-on tasks and challenges which match the children's needs and abilities. Learning opportunities are planned for indoors and outdoors and, as a result of being part of a broader learning environment, the children all have access to extension activities that allow each child to maximise his or her potential.
The Early Years programme develops key learning skills such as listening, speaking, concentration, persistence and learning to work and cooperate with others, as well as developing early communication, literacy and numeracy skills.
The Early Years framework is divided into seven areas. Three ‘prime’ areas are crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. Children start to focus on these prime areas between the ages of three and four and they are the most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.
Communication and language – Development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations. Children are encouraged to extend their vocabulary and fluency by talking and listening and by hearing and responding to stories, songs and rhymes.
Physical development – Children are encouraged to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food. A range of equipment and opportunities both indoors and outdoors allows children to develop confidence and enjoyment in the use of their bodily skills. Adult support enables children to safely create and meet physical challenges, developing increasing skill and control in moving, climbing and balancing. Physical skills are taught through a clear sequence of progression by the school’s PE coach once a week. Children are also supported in the development of fine motor skills required to use tools, including pens and pencils and to handle small objects with increasing control and precision.
Personal, social and emotional development – Children are taught to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others, to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities. Within a nurturing environment, children are individually supported in developing confidence, autonomy and self-respect. They are encouraged to work and concentrate independently and also take part in the life of the class, sharing and co-operating with other children and adults.
Literacy – Development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to read and write. Children are taught to read and write through by use of phonics. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials to ignite their interest giving every child the opportunity and encouragement to become familiar with books. They learn how to handle them carefully and be aware of their uses, both for reference and as a source of stories and pictures. Books are shared daily in small groups and as a whole class, and individual reading books are sent home to be shared at home.
Mathematics – Children are given opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures. By means of adult-supported, practical and child initiated activities, children become familiar with sorting, matching, ordering, sequencing and counting activities which form the basis for early mathematics.
Understanding the world – Children are encouraged to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment. A safe and stimulating environment allows children to explore and experiment with a range of natural and manufactured materials. They learn to observe the features of objects and substances, recognising differences, patterns and similarities, and to share and record their findings. Children explore and understand their environment within the class and within the wider community.
Expressive arts and design – Children explore and play with a wide range of media and materials,
and are encouraged to share their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art,
music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology. A variety of art equipment is
available for all children to explore, including paint, glue, crayons, pencils, pens, chalks, pastels
and natural/man made materials. Children participate in specialist teaching of music weekly
where they practise rhythm, rhyme, explore instruments and build a repertoire of favourite songs.
The main school teaches children ages between 5 and 11 years, and follows the National Curriculum for England Programmes of Study for the delivery of the core subjects (Literacy, Numeracy, Science and ICT) and the foundation subjects (Art, Music, Geography, History, Religious Education, Physical Education, Personal Health and Social Education).
Classes are small and the staff to pupil ratio is low, resulting in greater opportunities for the staff to ensure that learning is relevant, individualised and enjoyable. In addition to the curriculum options mentioned earlier, the children also have access to Speech and Drama coaching as well as specialised music lessons.
The Langdale teaching staff work together as a team, planning and sharing ideas and providing a supportive, caring and stimulating learning environment that encourages children to become independent learners. The curriculum is designed to enable the children to grow in confidence and ability.
In Key Stage 1, reading and spelling homework is given on a regular basis and serves to reinforce class teaching. There is a balance and range in other homework activities, although these often reflect the topic that is being taught at any given time. The Key Stage 1 Phase ends with Standard Assessment Tests which are administered in Year 2.
In Key Stage Two (KS2), the emphasis is on "learning how to learn". Learning is seen as a process; education as an adventure and a journey that is both exciting and rewarding!
KS2 children are ages between 7 and 11 and are encouraged to be receptive to new concepts and to evaluate their own progress when dealing with them. They have access to a wide range of information and media and are taught the value of effective communication as a tool for furthering understanding.
For those children who have completed Key Stage 1 at Langdale, we aim to build on and enhance the wide variety of knowledge, skills and experiences that the children have already learned and to equip them for the future. For children who are new to Key stage 2, we hope to ensure that they have access to everything they need to ensure that their learning journey is both highly successful and highly rewarding. Activities are differentiated to meet the needs of individual children.