The Creative Curriculum
The school plans a unique, fit for purpose creative curriculum based on the programmes of study in the New National Curriculum. We deliver a broad, balanced curriculum through topic based, cross-curricular lessons which inspire, motivate and challenge all our learners, whatever their needs and interests. We aim to raise numeracy and literacy levels for all children as well as sparking creativity, imagination and a questioning mind.
In Reception, a new topic is covered every term so over the year, the children’s learning is based on six different topics. The teachers, along with the children, create a mind map at the start of each term with all of the ideas and activities the children want to do related to the topic. These are then incorporated into the weekly planning for the term. The teachers have a clear idea of the learning objectives for the year and break these down into termly objectives. The weekly plans cover all seven areas of learning and have clear differentiated learning objectives.
Independent learning is a fundamental part of Early Years. Every day the children feedback to the teachers any particular interest or ideas they have about their learning. The teachers will then create a learning environment based on these ideas. This might mean they move away from their topic temporarily. Every week there is a focused activity with an adult for both literacy and numeracy, inside and outside of the classroom. Children’s next steps are based on the outcome of these focused activities as well as the independent observations made while the children are getting busy within the environment. These will also feed into the weekly plans and are recorded in our online learning diary which is accessible to the parents/carers.
KS1 and KS2
Each year group covers six topics per year. Objectives are organised throughout the year to ensure full coverage of all National Curriculum subject areas and objectives. Teachers use these as a basis for topic and theme ideas, making cross-curricular links wherever possible. Sometimes terms may be split into several 'mini' topics. Using the objectives, teachers map out termly overviews, which they use to develop differentiated weekly plans. All medium term planning is shared on the school website. Teachers use the Crown Lane Milestones to ensure progression throughout the school.
Weaving through all the learning are a wide variety of different learning experiences. These include 'wow' activities, such as different hooks and 'real life' experiences to engage the children with their learning. These range from a fairy tale 'crime scene' to exploring a Stone Age village to having a themed Egyptian day, and many more. In addition to this, all classes have a different learning experience each term. These include visitors, workshops and trips, and range from CREW History workshops, technology workshops with Lambeth Connected Learning Centre, visits from authors of books being studied and museum visits, to name a few. These are carefully planned to enhance the teaching and learning of different topics and may come at any point within a topic.
Through this approach, children get a wide range of learning experiences, with reading, writing, maths and technology underpinning everything we do. Health and Wellbeing is also embedded throughout our curriculum.
Our Learning Superpowers
We have introduced our Learning Superpowers to underpin all our teaching and learning, ensuring that all our children are equipped with 21st century learning skills.
Our Learning Superpowers are:
- Critical thinking
- Risk taking
All these Superpowers combine support the creativity which is fundamental to all our teaching and learning.
“Crown Lane is a really fun school. The lessons are really exciting. I especially like using the iPads and the laptops. Sometimes we do art, other times we do practical science, or go on a school trip – there is always something exciting with our learning!” - Year 4 Pupil
“Every day in Crown Lane you learn something new. You find out things in fun ways as all lessons are enjoyable. I love painting and going on the computers because painting is relaxing and ICT is fun. We have lots of learning experiences which are educational and exciting. Overall Crown Lane is the best school I’ve been to!” - Year 6 Pupil