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Our Benhall Curriculum

Our unique KS1 curriculum is deeply rooted in the successful principles of Early Years practice. Our KS1 Continuous Provision offers us the opportunity to build on our previous knowledge, to practise skills in a variety of contexts and to lead most of our learning.  

Our curriculum is carefully designed by our teachers to provide us with engaging learning opportunities across all subject areas.  On our journey through our school, we follow a sequence of learning that builds knowledge and skills and prepares us for the next stage of our learning.   

At Benhall our teachers, governors and family strongly believe that we learn best when engaged, enthused and motivated. They believe that the learning style and environment created ensures that we are supported in developing the skills to become lifelong learners. 

Our curriculum is designed to reflect the uniqueness of each of us and the pedagogy our teachers believe promotes lifelong learning behaviours.  Our curriculum is delivered through topics that are inspired by our interests and may vary from cohort to cohort, but the learning outcomes (knowledge and skills) will be the same for each year group cohort.  The topics are the vehicle that drives the learning, and we are the driver that navigates the journey through the subjects acquiring knowledge, skills and vocabulary on route. 

We learn through our enquiries that follow rich teacher led input.  Our thirst for knowledge comes from provocation, questioning and the sharing of age and stage appropriate learning. 

All the children in our class and wider school can learn and achieve because of the high expectations we have of ourselves.  Our teachers designed a curriculum that meets the needs of everyone with interchangeable pathways that respond to our individual needs, challenges and circumstances.   

We make progress because our curriculum has built in pitstops, so that teachers can monitor our progress and attainment, addressing gaps in a timely way.  We have the chance to revisit and remember prior learning through teaching sequences, teacher’s questioning and a visual learning journey displayed within each classroom. 

Our curriculum ignites a lifelong love of learning.  We have the skills, knowledge and vocabulary to make key transitions between year groups and key stages.  We develop independence and learning behaviours that allow us to learn within a range of learning environments.  We are inquisitive, resilient, confident learners who can connect our learning.  We are confident communicators who can share our knowledge with others and ask questions that further our knowledge and understanding of the world around us. 

When we leave Benhall Infant and Pre-School we will be: 

  • An independent learner 

  • A communicator 

  • Knowledge rich 

  • Skilled 

  • Have pride in ourselves 

  • Respectful 

  • Questioning 

  • A team member 

  • Resilient 

  • Vocab rich 

  • Reading and writing to support our enquiries and demonstrate our knowledge 

  • Ready for the next part of our journey