Overview

Shirley aims to offer a broad and balanced curriculum which is accesible to all pupils.
The International Primary Curriculum (IPC)
In 2012, we introduced a topic-based curriculum to help make our foundation lessons more meaningful and exciting. 
"The International Primary Curriculum is a comprehensive, thematic, creative curriculum with a clear process of learning and with specific learning goals for every subject, for international mindedness and for personal learning." (IPC: www.greatlearning.com/ipc)
 
We teach most, but not all, of the foundation subjects through the IPC. Each year group explores a variety of topics throughout the year.
Some examples are:
  • Year 1's topic 'Who am I?' which involves lots of PSHE and social learning.
  • Year 3 pupils learn a science and history-based topic with 'Footprints from the Past'. This is a topic about dinosaurs.
  • Year 4 learn about the history and geography of chocolate.
  • Year 6 complete some very impressive working models as part of the D&T aspect of their 'Fairgrounds' topic.
We start a topic with an 'entry point'. This gives the children an exciting jump-start to their learning and is designed to fire their enthusiasm and interest. We then work out what the children already know and generate some questions for what they want to find out in a 'knowledge harvest'. The learning takes place across a number of weeks and each topic lasts a different length of time, covers a variety of learning goals from different foundation subjects and helps children to develop skills as well as deepening their understanding of the topic. At the end of each topic, we celebrate with an exit point and often invite other classes and parents to come and see the work we have created.

The IPC also includes 'personal learning goals' which are qualities we want to encourage all of our children to develop in their lives at Shirley and beyond. These are enquiry, resilience, morality, communication, thoughtfulness, cooperation, respect and adaptability.
 
The foundation curriculum is delivered through  the International Primary Curriculum (IPC).
 
Key Stage 1 and 2
We deliver the core subjects through daily English, maths and guided reading sessions. We also value practising the skills we learn in all other subjects whether it be writing in history or working out calcuations in science.
 
A Computing skills lesson is taught weekly and children all have two hours of PE each week. We also have weekly music lessons delivered by Mrs Barlow, a specialist music teacher. PSHE and SEAL is delivered partly through team assemblies, along with weekly 'circle time' sessions where specific objectives are covered. These are taken from the Cambridgeshire themes.
 
We teach French as our modern foreign language and children receive weekly sessions using a programme of work called Rigolo. Handwriting is taught weekly and we use Nelson Thornes.