Our Curriculum is 'driven' by three main factors which are paramount to meeting the needs of our community and context.
Communication and Language:
Data from our 2-year checks (Sept-March 2023) show that only 43% achieve age related expectations in communication and language.
Entry data to Nursery shows that only 37% of children at Camps Hill are working at the expected standard for communication and language (-8.6% below Herts).
Entry data to Reception (9 new starters) shows that only 43.3% of children at Camps Hill are working at the expected standard for communication and language (-12.4% below Herts).
A focus on developing vocabulary, closing the disadvantaged word gap and becoming a fluent reader is at the centre of our curriculum.
Social and Emotional Development:
Entry data to Nursery shows that only 26.1% of children at Camps Hill are working at the expected standard for personal, social and emotional development (-14.4% below Herts).
Entry data to Reception (9 new starters) shows that only 45% of children at Camps Hill are working at the expected standard for personal, social and emotional development (-14.3% below Herts).
Contact from schools to HCC social services have increased by 74% in the last two years (March 2023 statistic). Since the pandemic, children have struggled with their mental health, self-regulation and emotional resilience. Increased pressures at home and a rise in the cost of living has exposed more children to trauma, poverty and a risk of harm. The school uses a therapeutic approach to supporting pupils to manage their behaviour and ensures the necessary support is referred to keep pupils safe. Pupils are able to access school and achieve.
Although the number of children able to access free school meals has fallen, the school recognises that this has created a disadvantaged 'chasm' where pupils may fall in-between the current definition of being 'disadvantaged' but remain 'vulnerable'. This recognition of addtional need ensures that, when planning for the curriculum/enrichment, it is taken into consideration that many of our pupils may not have had exposure and experiences which may be assumed during childhood. This is also true of those pupils who have spent a majority of their lives under COVID restrictions.
The local safeguarding context is taken into consideration when delivering the curriculm, and protective behaviours are taught across all age ranges at an age appropriate level.