Porthleven School's Curriculum

 

Our aim is to provide all our children with an engaging, exciting and empowering curriculum that equips them with the skills for success both now and in the future.

The development of our curriculum is based on the following key principles to meet the needs of the children in our community:

  • To provide opportunities for all pupils to progress in their learning
  • To promote spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
  • To develop positive characteristics in our pupils with an emphasis on resilience for learning
  • To provide pupils with a sense of place but to also widen their outlook to the world beyond.
  • To give all pupils, especially disadvantaged pupils, experiences and essential knowledge that broaden their opportunities in life.

We believe the best schools reflect their local communities; we bring the community into our school and we take our pupils out into the community. The best schools also look beyond their local community and we ensure our pupils are part of the national and international conversation. We teach pupils how to be active members of the community and how to be good citizens of the world.

Most of the children start their learning journey at Porthleven School in our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). It is the most important stage of a child’s school life as it covers the development of children from the age of three to end of the Reception year age 5. During this time, children learn to adapt from their home environment to the new experiences and challenges of school. For more information on how we implement learning in the foundation stage through the ‘Seven areas of Learning' please see our EYFS page.

At Porthleven School we follow the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum for literacy and maths (Please see here for more information).  Science and our foundation subjects are based upon the Chris Quigley’s Essential Curriculum that not only meets the requirements of the National Curriculum but also exceeds it in many areas. Using the Essential Curriculum provides an excellent framework to grow our curriculum and shape it to our requirements. It provides clear 'Milestones' indicating the skills and knowledge children need at the end of each key stage to successfully progress. It is our aim that in each subject area, we provide learning opportunities that give them the essential characteristics of what it means to be proficient in the subject area, for example a historian, will have excellent knowledge and understanding of people, events and contexts from a range of historical periods and of historical concepts and processes.  A list of the essential characteristics for each subject can be found below.