The Inspire Curriculum

At Ernesettle Community School, we are proud to have an ambitious, knowledge-based curriculum which stimulates our children into independently minded, confident and kind citizens of the future, who aspire to ‘go out into the world and do well, but more importantly go out into the world and do good’. Our curriculum is engaging, innovative, built on first-hand experiences and celebrates all curriculum areas, helping to ensure that our children develop the knowledge and skills they need to excel, and become creative and curious citizens that are required to achieve academic excellence at secondary school and beyond.

Our curriculum has been designed to encompass knowledge and understanding of the world in which we live and the events that have shaped it in the past to make it what it is today. Each of the Areas of Study have been coherently designed to build on one another with clear progression and links so that in subsequent year groups, children will be able to explore concepts deeper, applying their knowledge in different contexts.

What we want for our children:

  • To develop awe and wonder and a lifelong love of learning in a range of subjects.
  • For every moment in school to be a language development and comprehension development moment.
  • To have high levels of self-awareness, self-regulation and awareness of others.
  • To prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life in modern Britain.
  • To develop a sense of their own nationality and culture at the same time as developing respect for people of all faiths or no faith, cultures and lifestyles.
  • To take pride in their individual achievements and to know that their contributions to the lesson and wider school life is valued.
  • To talk about their learning and to know and remember more.
  • For learning to stick, so that their knowledge can build upon and connect with previously taught knowledge.

The Inspire Curriculum is far more than just a clearly sequenced set of facts. The concepts are the holding baskets for all we want our children to learn and this is developed through narrative and high-quality texts. When we structure the information we wish to present under a broader narrative form, each piece of knowledge becomes important. Without each Area of Study, the story would not make sense. Like a novel, it is possible to read it quickly to get the gist of the story but the deeper themes, conventions and nuances will not be appreciated. The Inspire Curriculum as narrative is just like this: each piece of knowledge builds on the next and takes on deeper meanings and understandings as children progress both within and across year groups.

The curriculum at Ernesettle Community School is grounded in the strongest available evidence about how pupils learn and retain knowledge in the long term, focusing in particular on research from cognitive science. Our teachers explicitly help their pupils make links between the information they learn and support them to build a detailed, easily recalled web of knowledge from long term memory so that they can know and remember more.

There are regular opportunities for Parent/Carer engagement with the school including Progress Meetings, Early Morning Learning and numerous events as we encourage Parent/Carers to be involved as much as possible with their children’s learning. At Ernesettle Community School we trust that Parent/Carers have confidence that the needs of their child as they develop throughout their years in education with us are being catered for.

The Inspire Curriculum

Ernesettle Community School’s Curriculum Map celebrates all of the Areas of Study that the children will be learning.

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Knowledge Organisers

The document identifying the key knowledge that children need to have learned by the end of an Area of Study.

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Year Group Curriculum Maps

Detailed information about each of the curriculum areas taught in each year group at Ernesettle Community School.

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Curriculum Letters

Each term a curriculum letter is sent home to parents outlining the ‘Area of Study’ that the children will be studying over that term.

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Home Learning

Home Learning is distributed every week and comprises of a ‘Home Learning Menu’. The Home Learning Menu includes six weekly tasks that has been specifically chosen to support your child’s understanding of their curriculum.

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British Values

At Ernesettle Community School we are fully committed to promoting British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

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Early Reading and Phonics

At Ernesettle Community School, we begin teaching children to read from Nursery which is later built upon as they move through Early Years and Key Stage One.

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Whole Class Reading

At Ernesettle Community School, we value Reading and place it at the heart of our curriculum by ensuring our text selection both complements and enriches the wider curriculum.

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