At King David Primary School, everything that we do centres on our ethos statement:
‘Kindness, Respect and Responsibility.’
We live out this mission statement through developing an ethos and curriculum that encourages our children to be kind, be respectful and take responsibility for our actions. As a Jewish school, we believe that developing our Jewish Ethos and living a Jewish life, as well as nurturing the spiritual, personal, moral and cultural development of our children is fundamental to all that we do.
Our curriculum model uses the National Curriculum as its foundation, promoting our core values of kindness, respectfulness and responsibility. At King David, we want all of our children, through regular attendance in school, to become independent, active, resilient, articulate and confident citizens of the future. To do this, we aim for our curriculum to be both knowledge and humanity rich.
We aim for children not to be content with merely being engaged in their curriculum. We want each child to be actively invested in his or her curriculum, encouraging a positive mind set around learning. Our curriculum seeks to provide our young learners with the knowledge contained in the National Curriculum and then apply it in order to make a difference in their community and in their world. We aim to encourage resilience amongst our pupils, an ‘I can…’ attitude which perseveres when challenges are faced.
Our school’s curriculum is planned and sequenced so that new knowledge and skills build on what has been taught before. We recognise that new learning is fragile, so our approach is both generative and focuses on sequencing to ensure knowledge is built upon each year. This enabling our pupils to make links between new and existing knowledge to aid long term retention. Subject co-ordinators map out progressive curriculum coverage and year group specific, long-term curriculum maps which identify when the different subjects and topics will be taught across the academic year. Most subjects are taught discretely, but staff make meaningful links across subjects to deepen children’s learning. Judaism is a fundamental part of our curriculum. We look wherever possible to relate the curriculum topics to the different parts of Jewish history, the history of the Jewish community in Liverpool, prominent Jewish figures and to Israel.
We apply a range of strategies within our lessons to enable the children to become invested in their education.
Reading is at the heart of our curriculum. Vocabulary development is integral to all of our teaching. It is progressively built up across lesson sequences and is evident in displays around the school. A range of quality texts and sources also help to enrich the children’s learning experience.
Personal, social and emotional development is taught both in discrete lessons and also through assemblies, as we seek to develop the whole child. This is linked to the weekly Parsha.
British Values are addressed throughout the curriculum in all areas. Sport has always played a very important role in the life of King David, and we promote a healthy and active lifestyle for our pupils
As a school we continually explore CPD around the curriculum for our staff. We seek to enhance teaching skills and strategies to help raise standards across the full breadth of the curriculum. Our monitoring cycle is set out at the start of each academic year. Monitoring includes book monitoring, lesson observations, learning walks and pupil voice surveys. All monitoring undertaken helps to improve our practice, with the aim of improving the outcomes for our pupils.
Formative assessment takes place in every lesson. Our use of live marking and verbal feedback enables teachers to target next steps for pupils effectively, and opportunities for children to review and improve their learning are embedded into lessons.
Currently, the curriculum is assessed against key end of year statements using the following categories: working towards the expected level; at the expected level and above the expected level.
Our curriculum aims:
To develop their understanding of Judaism and to live a Jewish life.
To enable all of our children to make good progress across all areas of the curriculum, from whatever the individual’s starting point may have been. We define progress as knowing more and remembering more. It is the widening and deepening of knowledge, skills, understanding and behaviours.
For our children to be kind, respectful and take responsibility for their actions and to carry these skills forward into their future.
For pupils leaving us to be well prepared for the next stage in their lives.
For all pupils to feel inspired that they can make a positive difference in their own lives, within society and to the world around them.