KAPS aims to provide children with the best possible education and life skills for the future and to get the best out of every child by having high expectations for individuals. It is a place where teachers, support staff, parents and pupils are learning, striving to improve and have self-belief. We aim and aspire that all children will leave with a sound foundation for learning that inspires confidence in all they do.
We follow the National Curriculum and teach this through Learning Journeys and the Power of Reading as vehicles for learning.
In practical terms, what this means is planning high quality learning sequences that provide children with a rich learning context based on concrete experiences. This involves practical, hands on learning in which time is invested to develop language, thinking and a sense of why this learning is important.
Examples of this might be a learning journey beginning with a trip or visit that then leads to a real purpose for writing or engaging in a learning task. In maths, this could be children solving a real life ‘concrete’ problem before they embark in unpicking the abstract skills needed in order to be successful in learning. Parents are regularly invited to our Learn With Us sessions to help them understand what their children are learning and how to support them.
Conceptual understanding: What do we want to know?
Planning identifies opportunities to build on the concrete / sensory or known and provides practical opportunities to make sense of learning through tasks.
Each launch of a Learning Journey provides the ‘why’ of learning through a question. Pupils are absorbed in concrete experiences. We use drama, role play or creating a real dilemma in order to contextualise learning. E.g. alien space ship has crash landed in the playground and the police are called!
The Learning Journey is the vehicle through which we teach a broad and balanced curriculum, giving children the context for their learning. We plan high quality learning sequences that provide children with rich and concrete experiences, practical, hands on learning in which time is invested to develop language, thinking and a sense of why this learning is important.
Examples of this might be a learning journey beginning with an alien spaceship crash landing in the playground and the police are called.
For more information on our curriculum or any questions, please email or see your class teacher.