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15/07/20

Children using the internet to live their virtual lockdown life were given vital safety tips. To ensure children stayed safe and aware of the dangers of the internet, the school took part in a live assembly. https://t.co/7EOsUCjHTI https://t.co/O9or7VMQoO

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15/07/20

Our work to keep children active at home during lockdown has been recognised with a national award. Pupils at Little Parndon Primary Academy have continued to take part in PE sessions, despite the Coronavirus crisis seeing the majority learning from home. https://t.co/m6o5n5Y6Is https://t.co/12rhfawwKc

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25/06/20

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Out Now! The new issue of Latitude - The magazine for BMAT Schools, Parents and Communities. Read it online here - https://t.co/aqc2Xy6VVz https://t.co/vQykuMBGEI

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09/06/20

A wellbeing fairy is ensuring school staff are keeping their spirits up during lockdown. A wellbeing team was formed at the start of the school year as a way of looking after staff wellbeing. Now, the team is finding new ways to reach out to colleagues. https://t.co/QAQ4pIdpCn https://t.co/DmALaz7NTH

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28/05/20

If you are unsure what day of the week it is during lockdown, why not make it Christmas Day! That is what happened at Little Parndon Primary Academy when the catering team decided to shake things up and put smiles on pupils’ faces. https://t.co/qBiHZ4hMdV https://t.co/Iexnjv6mEN

20/05/20

It is wonderful to receive this video from our parents today on National https://t.co/XhkVeDqfoQ

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20/05/20

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Disadvantaged children have been provided with digital devices and unlimited broadband by their school to enable them to learn at home. https://t.co/gYx4PDbGaq https://t.co/oo3YYN5ZE7

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14/05/20

“You miss your school and we miss you too!” The opening words to a poem written by staff at Little Parndon to show pupils they care. The message features in a series of photographs of members of the team holding up individual words to spell out the poem. https://t.co/gFtKegUJPz https://t.co/u0iHwsmc0G

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07/05/20

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Today ⁦⁩ I’m delighted with my lunch, provided by the amazing catering team at ⁦⁩. The children of key workers attending school are celebrating VE Day with a fabulous picnic lunch, including freshly baked scones and strawberries! https://t.co/3l8tlbbbkP

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06/05/20

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BMAT are looking for community governors to work with our schools based in Epping, Harlow, Stansted (Essex) and Newham (London). For more info and to apply please contact governance.org.uk https://t.co/4PeEmoUn0z

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30/04/20

A schoolboy from Harlow is getting a daily insight into life in China in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic. Every day, Harry Seaman, Year 5 pupil at Little Parndon Primary Academy, links up with his uncle Tom who lives in Chongqing, China. https://t.co/NtPjJHLgI8 https://t.co/IfSflzp9D8

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28/04/20

Children are being read bedtime stories by their very own class teachers. Teachers at Little Parndon Primary Academy have filmed themselves reading children’s favourite books as bedtime stories. https://t.co/JRz7DefaX5 https://t.co/zkJqPESQgL

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28/04/20

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Despite fighting for his life earlier this year, John Childs is doing all he can to support BMAT during the Coronavirus pandemic. He was left critically ill in January when a routine operation to remove kidney stones resulted in sepsis and pancreatitis. https://t.co/61UTG7i36g https://t.co/mYwBlpL2th

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09/04/20

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Children of Key Workers have been in our schools creating art thanking our NHS and Key Workers. At 8pm we will . Thank you from BMAT. https://t.co/x42sYGl8Ao

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01/04/20

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More than 6,000 pieces of much-needed personal protection equipment (PPE) have been donated to the by the BMAT family of schools in Harlow, Epping and Stansted in Essex and Newham in London. https://t.co/2kuQZH6YbV https://t.co/N3GTShyrVC

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01/04/20

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We’ve emptied our stocks across our schools and this morning ⁦⁩ has delivered over 3000 pieces of PPE equipment to the ⁦⁩ to protect those on the front line treating . https://t.co/A6v7BKLzeB

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31/03/20

Families are being encouraged to make memories during the unprecedented closure of schools. https://t.co/Dv7QXJ3yUZ https://t.co/oU7tP0r3C8

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31/03/20

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A teacher is reaching out to her neighbourhood in support of those struggling with social isolation during the Coronavirus shutdown. https://t.co/4fScnRpyBe https://t.co/xq6Bcd0ziG

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27/03/20

Mystery readers who turn up unexpectedly to read with children are helping to improve a love of the vital skill. Little Parndon continues its push on reading in an effort to develop a love of reading among its children. https://t.co/x1X8kzsBoc https://t.co/l0mpieKuFN

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03/03/20

Little Parndon are looking for an enthusiastic volunteer, interested in schools and education, to join our local governing board as a community governor. To register your interest please fill out the contact form on https://t.co/bhdahhPDHl https://t.co/INMHk2gryh

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Curriculum Intent

Curriculum: Intent, Implementation & the Impact

 

 

At Little Parndon School we are developing a curriculum which:

·        Develop our learner’s learning (Our head and body: what we learn)

·        Develop the character of our learners (Our heart and character: Who we are when we learn)

·        Develop behaviours and habits to become effective learners (Our actions and attitudes: How we act when we learn)

·        Develop the moral compass of our learners (Our place in the community and wider world: Who we are)

Our curriculum has a clear purpose and is focused around excitement and love for learning. We aim to ensure that learning is bespoke to the needs of our learners and demonstrates a strong understanding about specific needs to succeed in life. 

Intent - What are we trying to achieve here with, and through, the curriculum?

Intention 1: Develop our learner’s learning (Our head and body: what we learn)

To develop the appropriate subject specific knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum and beyond, so that children can flourish, reach and exceed their potential academically, physically and artistically.

Intention 2: Develop the character of our learners (Our heart and character: who we are when we learn)

To develop learners to have a holistic set of values that prepares them for life in the modern world in a diverse and ever changing community and work place.

Intention 3: Develop behaviours and habits to become effective learners (Our actions and attitudes: how we act when we learn)

To develop the behaviours learners need to succeed in the world such as concentration, perseverance, imagination, co-operation, the enjoyment of learning, self-improvement and curiosity.

Intention 4: Develop the moral compass of our learners (Our place in the community and wider world: who we are)

To understand spirituality in themselves and others, develop social skills and understand society, build a firm set of personal morality, and to engage in the culture they live in and understand the cultures of others.

Curriculum Implementation

Our curriculum will be implemented with our intentions as the drivers behind our actions.  By ensuring we think about what we learn, who we are when we are learning, how we act when we learn and who we are in the world, we build happy, resilient, successful, good citizens. Our implementation plan ensures our curriculum keeps us focussed on these areas.

We have the National Curriculum, which we use as a starting point, and embellish and deepen further as a school but at the heart of this is learners being exposed to quality experiences and lessons with a large element of choice and need for independent thinking. Educational visits, “Hooks”, Wow days and enrichment clubs allow learners even greater opportunities to find and develop their individual interests and personal talents. Visitors and parents coming into school to help at regular opportunities strengthens our offer and deepens experiences further.  

Intention 1: Develop our learner’s learning

Our promise to our learners: Over and above any of our national curriculum learning, we promise holistic childhood experiences throughout their journey at Little Parndon Primary School. These are promoted through Community Values Passports that start in the Early Years and progress through to Year 6.  Examples include: Den building; flying a kite; jumping in a puddle; learn an instrument; complete charity work and many more.

We use White Rose material for our daily maths lessons and we assess using test materials alongside teacher assessment. Alongside this we use Classroom Secrets and Times Tables Rockstar to support the love of learning for maths.

In writing we use in-depth planning based around specific books and aspects of the creative curriculum.

For Guided reading we teach skills through Reading Dogs, they teach the children reading content domains. Reciprocal reading is a structured approach to teaching strategies (questioning, clarifying, summarising and predicting) that students can use to improve their reading comprehension.

Primary Foundation Subjects

Our teachers plan foundation subjects using progressive skills and knowledge.  Learning is checked against these to ensure progression and understanding. Teachers keep a record of how leaners are achieving and intervene effectively and collaboratively to close any skills or knowledge gaps they do this through a system called Target Tracker.

Our teachers plan a wide variety of offsite educational visits, including residentials. Visitors are also invited into school as a way of enhancing subject knowledge and providing the learners with real life experiences. 

Intention 2: Develop the character of our learners   

At Little Parndon we believe values are essential to aid our learning and who we are. We have six core values of; Respect, Responsibility, Perseverance, Honesty, Trust and Empathy. These values are linked and taught alongside values that are critical for us to understand in modern Britain and beyond. Each day, our school community models, teaches and promotes a range of values that we need to demonstrate in order to become good citizens of the world. We think carefully about the value, explore it in learning and demonstrate this whenever we can.

We have a Word of the Week in assembly which focuses on a value and we discuss that inside and outside of the classroom. We also have a class word of the week which is displayed and is linked to what I being taught and supports closing the word gap.

As a school we encourage the children to use learning powers. This creates a culture in classrooms – and in the school more widely – that systematically cultivates habits and attitudes that enable young people to become better learners; face difficulty and uncertainty calmly, confidently and creatively.

Children who are more confident of their own learning ability learn faster and learn better. They concentrate more, think harder and find learning more enjoyable.

 

Our teachers ask learners to undertake positions of responsibility around the school, as we believe that children understand values by seeing them in action in others. These include: School council; Head Boy/Girl; Buddies; Play Leaders; Sports Leaders; Reading Mentors and Eco Leaders. All positions given are errant fairly by the children. The position is advertised, they can then apply and will be intervened for the post. This is a way of preparing children for the wider world equipping them with skills and responsibilities.

 

 

Intention 3: Develop behaviours and habits to become effective learners

Teachers design learning opportunities that look for ways to develop good learning behaviours, children are encouraged to help each other in the classroom through group work, peer marking and partner talk. At Little Parndon, we understand that learning about learning helps us to be better learners! In our curriculum, we ask learners to look for ways to develop concentration, perseverance, imagination, co-operation, the enjoyment of learning, self-improvement and curiosity.

The staff at Little Parndon, notice when learners are showing great learning behaviours. We award certificates for this in our regular celebration assembly. When children work as a team, they get to move a star above their classroom door and the class who reaches the end of the star system first gets rewarded with school trips. Our Headteacher conducts an Outstanding Behaviour assembly half termly and issues books to children who have made Outstanding behaviour choices.

We also have a ClassDojo system that is a classroom communication app used to share reports between parents and teachers. It connects parents and teachers on a student's conduct and performance through real-time reports as well as a feed for photos and videos during the school day. The gamification style system teaches developmental skills and creates a portfolio for the children so that a parent can be aware of activities ahead of meeting with teachers.

Intention 4: Develop the moral compass of our learners

When planning the curriculum teachers think not just about what learners should learn and how they should learn it, but also how they can bring in an understanding of morality and the wider world. They do this through:

·        SMSC is planned for and highlighted to us by our teachers across the curriculum. We learn about new beginnings in life, going for goals, getting on and falling out, changes and relationships.  This helps us understand our place in the world.

·         We have a half termly Culture Vulture celebration to explore different faiths and cultures from around the world. We work with lots of local religious groups to get a good understanding of the beliefs of others.

·        We work with local community groups such as visiting the local residential home, working with local charities, collecting and raising money for charities.

·        We aim to increase our learner’s engagement with activities that benefit other members of the community and beyond.

Impact

What do we hope will be the impact of our curriculum and how do we measure it?

At Little Parndon our curriculum is beginning to produce learners who must and can, think for themselves, be resilient and face challenges with strategies to overcome and progress.

Intention 1: Develop our learner’s learning

We strive to ensure that our children’s attainment in core and foundation subjects are in line with or exceeding their potential when we consider the varied starting points of children. We measure this carefully using a range of materials, but always considering Age Related Expectations. We intend that the impact is that children will be academically and physically prepared for life in secondary school and in Modern Britain and the world.

Intention 2: Develop the character of our learners  

The impact will be that our learners will have fully rounded characters with a clear understanding of complex values like equality, friendship, trust and many others. Only by really learning what these mean will our learners be able to develop a character that prepares them for living in the community demonstrating tolerance and equality. We measure this not just by the work our children produce, but in the behaviours we see each and every day in all learners on the playground, in corridors, and in the many roles we give them. The impact of this intention is seen in the daily interaction of all members of our community, including staff and children.

Intention 3: Develop behaviours and habits to become effective learners

The impact we intend to achieve by developing this intention is seen by how the children approach challenges every day. This could be on the playground, in a game or disagreement, or in class in a complex learning challenge. The impact should be that children don’t give up, are highly motivated to succeed and achieve and are equipped with all the personal skills to do this.

Intention 4: Develop the moral compass of our learners

Our learners will be motivated by a strong personal sense of morality. They will make decisions for the right reasons and in the best interests of their community. They will be able to decide what is right and what is wrong, and will be resilient to the influence of others. They will go out into the world and make a difference in their own life and to others. Our learners will be the owners of their own destinies.

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