'Led by the children, for the children'
Our aim is that our children experience fun, interesting and exciting learning, focused around a variety of practical activities with tangible outcomes. These experiences will prepare children for life in a rapidly developing world. The broad and balanced curriculum empowers the children to directly influence the direction of their learning, where experiences both inside and outside of the classroom create a buzz and an excitement around it. Teachers respond to the interests and ideas of the children whilst guiding them to ensure key skills from the wider areas of the curriculum are developed.
At Cherry Tree we strive to ensure equality of opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents and carers irrespective of race, gender, disability, belief, sexual orientation, age or socio-economic background.
See the National Curriculum here.
With children at the centre of our curriculum, it is an expectation that they influence the direction of their learning by sharing interests, questions and experiences from life outside of school. Teachers provide our children with experiences that open the children’s minds to new and exciting learning. Through these experiences we encourage our children to solve problems, both individually and collaboratively.
Our children inform the medium-term planning but it is understood that it is possible for classes to discover new interests through unplanned learning experiences, where the teachers confidently develop skills and promote progress in a more organic and spontaneous way.
Our team of Subject Leaders monitor the provision of their subjects through the learning environments. They provide guidance for teachers on how to maximise learning and assessment opportunities in their subject areas.
We use 'Letters and Sounds' for phonics and the Oxford Reading Tree reading scheme in Key Stage 1.