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Curriculum Overview

An Eden Primary Education

Graduates of the school will leave as well-rounded, positive, responsible, respectful, informed, thoughtful, caring and communally active children. They will be articulate and have the skills to discuss and debate and to listen to, think, respect and respond appropriately to others. Whatever their background children will take their place as young citizens of the Jewish and wider communities proudly and confidently, with a strong sense of their Jewish and British identities and as members of other groups.

A graduate will leave the school with strong skills, important foundational knowledge in both Jewish and secular education and good study skills. They will have the ability to think creatively and critically, ask intelligent questions, engage in discussion and apply their knowledge and skills to meaningful and authentic projects and life experiences.

Eden Primary encourages children to be courageous and to take risks with their thinking and in their activity, and also to have humility, to listen respectfully and to take into account the work and ideas of others. Children express themselves confidently, appreciate and respect diversity in many forms and at the same time, learn the lifelong gift and skill of listening to others. They recognize that ideas come from engagement with other ideas and that they need to be able to justify their ideas and base them in what they have learned.

The approach to learning, paralleled in both Jewish and general studies, stresses strong skill development and knowledge acquisition, combined with an emphasis on discourse, exploration, problem solving and a real openness to how children think. The learning environment will be structured and at the same time children will have the freedom to explore. The children develop a wide foundation of significant knowledge without neglecting the development of skills necessary to be successful, fulfilled lifelong independent learners.

The curriculum at Eden Primary will be broad, relevant and coherent, matched to the needs and abilities of all learners in order to develop the child as a valued and whole individual. It will be balanced and comprehensive, instilling a love of learning, the joy of mastery and preparing children thoroughly for the next stage of their education.

The curriculum is at the heart of Eden Primary and:

  • Is broad, balanced, relevant and coherent
  • Is matched to the needs and abilities of all learners
  • Develops the child as a valued and whole individual
  • Encourages pupils to discuss, reflect upon and assess their learning
  • Reflects the diversity of Jewish life
  • Reflects a multi-cultural, diverse, interdependent and global society
  • Encourages a commitment to lifelong learning
  • Prepares children to participate fully in Jewish life
  • Prepares learners for the opportunities, responsibilities of real life experiences
  • Prepares children to give and care for others

The curriculum at Eden Primary always includes:

  • Awareness and celebration of difference and diversity
  • An open Jewish education where interpretation and questioning is valued
  • Learning about a wide variety of religions, races and cultures
  • Quality relationships within a caring and emotionally responsive community
  • Jewish and universal values
  • Concern for equal opportunities and safety
  • Presentation of the learning environment
  • Spiritual, moral and cultural dimensions
  • The intrinsic joy and celebration of achievement and success

Curriculum delivery will incorporate thematic and subject-based approaches in order to capitalise on the strengths of both, allied to the age- and development-related needs of pupils and the professional judgment of teachers, remaining mindful of the needs of assessment regimes as may apply from time to time.

The curriculum will be shaped by the range of teaching strategies and learning styles within the school. Through schemes of work, it will build on existing knowledge, skills and understanding and so provide for continuity and progression. Planning will recognise and respond to the needs of all pupils, including those who under-achieve and those who are more able.

How can parents or other members of the public find out more about the curriculum our school is following?

Our school website provides curriculum information in the form of:

  • Long Term Plans, detailing an outline of the curriculum in each year group across the whole year
  • Medium Term Plans, detailing what will be taught in each class each term.
  • Curriculum statements and policies.
  • Links to National Curriculum documentation in the subjects where we follow the National Curriculum. (English, Maths and Science)

Here at Eden we want to work in partnership with parents, providing as much curriculum information as possible. To this end we hold the following meetings each year:

Curriculum Evenings for parents in the Autumn and Spring terms. Parents are invited to a short talk by the Head Teacher or another senior leader on a curriculum theme, followed by a meeting in their child’s classroom to discuss and find out more about what’s planned for the term or terms ahead and how they can support their child.

Themed curriculum evenings across the year, including e-safety meetings, which are held on or near Safer Internet Day each year. These vary from year to year. Previous events have included Maths Mastery, Forest Schools and Reading with Your Child.

Teacher/Parent consultation evenings three times per year.

Prospective parents are invited to our Open House evening, held once a year, and our School In Action Sessions.

If needed, additional curriculum information can be sought from our Head Teacher or senior leadership team via the contact section of our website.