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Most pupils start school in Year 3 with above-average attainment and all pupil groups are now making good progress from their starting points. Pupils are enthusiastic and motivated learners. For example, pupils in a Year 6 mathematics lesson showed great perseverance and excellent problem-solving skills when working out complex problems involving highest common factors and lowest common multiples. Pupils of all abilities and in all year groups make good progress in lessons because activities are matched to their ability well, to provide just the right amount of challenge. Pupils’ books and the school’s tracking of pupils’ progress show that they have made rapid progress since the start of this academic year. The pupils receive very clear feedback from teachers about how they can improve their work and, consequently, have an exceptionally good understanding of the next steps they need to take. Most of the teaching we saw was good and there was some that was outstanding. You told us that lessons are more fun and demanding now. We agree. It is clear you enjoy challenges and you rise to the high expectations of your teachers.
Ashfield Junior School – Cumbria  Ofsted 

An important aspect of the improved curriculum is the raising of pupils’ self-esteem and their confidence in learning.
Paulsgrove Primary School  -  21–22 June 

The school has identified that more pupils could reach the highest levels in writing by the end of Year 6. Both boys and girls throughout the school enjoy writing, and write imaginatively and adventurously. This is thanks to the many opportunities offered to them by a curriculum which is inspiring and creative. Pupils have a wide vocabulary and many good ideas.
West Byfleet Junior school Ofsted report - 


The curriculum is well planned to ensure learning progresses systematically and that pupils experience a broad range of activities. The pupils feel the curriculum is shaped for them so they are well motivated by their tasks.
Ofsted for Manor Way Primary – Halesowen West Midlands -  
 

The creativeness of the outstanding curriculum shapes the high quality of teaching seen during the inspection. The curriculum is outstanding because it is highly creative and very flexible.
It provides each and every child with the chance to excel.
Ofsted inspection of Chingford Hall Primary – 

The school is beginning to make effective use of a curriculum-planning system which ensures the progressive development of pupils’ skills in all subjects. This has underpinned the improved quality of pupils’ work across a range of subjects, and is enabling teachers to promote pupils’ literacy and numeracy skills more effectively through topic work and science.
Ofsted monitoring inspection of The John Henry Newman CofE - 



Dear Des,

Thought you'd like to know that we have just been inspected and maintained our "outstanding" grade which we also got last time we were inspected in December 05.

Creative Learning Journey came out very well in the inspection.  I did try to get the draft  report changed to name CLJ in the bit when they refer to "the newly revised curriculum" but they wouldn't allow it!   It does talk about "Wow" events though so anyone in the know will recognise it!

Parents also gave very good feedback about CLJ which was great!

Debbie Hoy - Headteacher Brooklands, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire.



Bursted Wood Primary School

Ofsted reported: 'Bursted Wood provides an outstanding education for all of its pupils. Over the last three years, they have sought, with colleagues in other local schools, to provide an innovatory and exciting approach to their whole school curriculum, to inspire pupils to learn. This method, known as The Creative Learning Journey, is based on an exceptionally well defined, and detailed, analysis of what skills pupils need and how best they can be acquired. There are inspiring displays of pupils' work everywhere in the school. They show just how successful the school is being in their aim to raise fully pupils' achievement in all aspects of their learning' (Ofsted 2008).

We are delighted to state that our performance was reviewed by Ofsted during the spring term 2011 and our outstanding grading retained. This is testament not only to the dedication and commitment of all staff members, but also to the ongoing support of parents/carers and, of course, our most important asset - our amazing children! Well done everyone!
Bursted Wood Primary School – 
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Curriculum and other activities

Grade: 1
The excellent and enriched curriculum meets the needs of all pupils, and drives the many and varied activities that engage them in their learning. It encourages them to cooperate very well and motivates them to meet challenging targets. Consequently, teachers work hard to ensure that pupils have many opportunities to apply the skills they are taught. Care is taken to ensure progression and consistency in the way work is presented. There are very good links between subjects that enable teachers to plan exciting learning opportunities such as the study of the 'highway man' linking, literacy, drama, art and craft activities together. Learners have excellent opportunities to take on responsibilities, such as peer mediators, school council and being `VIPs' for the day. The curriculum is enriched through the many extra-curricular activities that are on offer for all ages, and through visits and visitors such as the English National Opera and the Philharmonia Orchestra who work with the pupils.

Hitherfield Primary School -

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The curriculum contributes very well to pupils’ personal development and promotes good academic progress.

Woodheys Sept - 


Curriculum and other activities

Grade: 1
The school keeps its curriculum under constant review and adjusts it regularly and very effectively to meet the learning needs of pupils of all abilities. It has used a number of initiatives that have successfully accelerated learning in all age groups. Carefully thought through links between subjects are embedded in the 'Creative Learning Journey' programme through which pupils gain a love of learning, good research skills and the ability to learn by themselves. The curriculum also helps pupils to explore their feelings and relationships with each other, whatever their background or religion, and to understand their place in the wider world. The excellent range of extra-curricular clubs, activities, visits and visitors, all of which are very popular with the pupils, further enriches and enhances the curriculum.

The school's unique approach to planning its curriculum very successfully takes each pupil on their own 'creative learning journey', promoting basic skills exceptionally well. It joins up pupils' learning and very successfully encourages them to pursue it in different ways. Pupils' behaviour is excellent, as are relationships throughout the school. The harmonious learning environment thus created ensures that pupils work and play free from harassment. The school's promotion of race equality is outstanding. The school has instilled in its pupils an excellent understanding of each other's faiths and cultures and of those beyond the school, bringing about a common understanding of how to live together amicably. This contributes greatly to the pupils' excellent contribution to the school and wider community.

Belgrave CE –

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Curriculum and other activities

Grade: 2
The school has recently introduced a revised 'Creative Curriculum' which makes clear links between different subjects so that pupils see the relevance and excitement of learning. Pupils are enjoying the curriculum offered which is contributing well to their personal development, although the school has not yet evaluated its impact on standards. The provision of enrichment activities is excellent, including a wide range of lunchtime and after school activities which support learning well and promote healthy lifestyles. Visits to places of interest, visitors to the school and residential visits all extend the experiences of pupils and enrich their lives.

Haslemere Primary School –

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Curriculum and other activities

Grade: 1
Parents are very pleased with the way the school adds interest and breadth to their children's experiences, citing this as a major reason their children are so happy in school. The careful linking of subjects not only leads to good progress and improvements in standards such as in writing, but also adds much enjoyment. Very many creative opportunities are provided for the pupils to use their refined ICT skills to support learning. The international dimension, including links with schools in Africa and Madrid, makes a major contribution to broadening the pupils' experiences. This, along with learning Spanish, provides them with many opportunities to develop their communication skills and geographical awareness. Enrichment activities within and outside lessons are much valued and enjoyed. The school provides an impressive range of well-attended clubs. Visitors, visits and residential trips, such as the residential trip to Flatford Mill for Year 3 pupils visit to the Isle.

Our Lady of Lourdes RC School -

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Ryton Community Infants School

Effectiveness of the Foundation Stage

Grade: 2
Children make good progress in the Foundation Stage. This is because of the very good quality of teaching and learning and the good, stimulating curriculum which meets the needs of the children well. The provision, both indoors and outdoors, enables children to make good progress in all areas of learning and there are exciting activities planned to encourage them to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding. Examples include following clues outdoors to find Goldilocks and the Three Bears, making fruit smoothies and working in the Garden Centre. Every opportunity is taken by staff to develop children’s speaking and listening skills in all the activities offered and children are fully engaged in their learning. Children cooperate well with one another, they are confident, happy and very settled and this creates a good atmosphere for learning. This is because of the very good care, support and guidance that the children receive, which is particularly successful in raising their confidence and self-esteem.

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Larkman Primary School

Curriculum and other activities

Grade: 2
The curriculum is richly enhanced by first-hand experiences, such as taking part in an evacuation when pupils experience an 'air raid and bomb alert' on the North Norfolk Railway as part of work about the Second World War. The school has begun to develop the curriculum further to provide more creative opportunities. High quality displays show effective links between subjects that make learning meaningful and enjoyable, though their impact on standards is not yet fully evident. The personal, social and health education programme very successfully develops pupils' understanding of safe and healthy living. A residential visit for pupils in Year 6 provides excellent opportunities for developing their social skills. Out of school activities are outstanding. An extensive range of popular high quality clubs includes countless sports and other activities, including art and gardening. Strong links with outside organisations contribute well to learning and personal development. The curriculum supports the needs of all pupils well, including those with learning difficulties. Its promotion of literacy and numeracy skills is satisfactory and improving.

Larkman Primary School –

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Springhead Primary School

Effectiveness of the Foundation Stage

Grade: 2
Children make good progress in each area of learning but few reach the nationally expected early learning goals in all six of them. However, early writing and number skills are taught well in this age group, and last year, children reached the standards expected nationally in those aspects of literacy and numeracy. They are on course to do so again this year.

The curriculum promotes literacy, numeracy and personal, social and emotional skills well in all activities. This was very evident in the work the children were doing on Chinese New Year, where they learned to play eastern music, construct menus and cook and serve simple Chinese food. They entered wholeheartedly into the role play involved, showing good ability to share and take turns, and to listen to each other and the staff.

Adults know when to intervene and when to let children pursue learning for themselves. They assess and record children's progress well and use the information to determine what each needs to do next. The school has plans to develop the facilities in the outdoor learning area, including providing a shelter for all-weather use. At present, the outdoor area is not used to best advantage as an outdoor classroom for this age group, although it is used satisfactorily to promote children's physical skills.

Springhead Primary School –
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Holly Primary School

Curriculum and other activities

Grade: 2
The curriculum for pupils' personal development having traditionally been strong has been strengthened by the recent addition of programmes to help pupils understand their own emotions and their responsibilities. As a result, pupils make the most of their time at school. The thoughtful grouping of pupils, based on a rigorous and ongoing interrogation of pupil performance information, is working well. Close attention is given to the development of key skills. Good use is made of subjects such as history, to develop pupils' writing skills, but the acquisition and application of mathematical skills through other subjects is less well developed. A practical approach to learning, growing out of the Foundation Stage, has been rolled out to other year groups. Occasionally, this is made difficult to achieve in Years 1 and 2 because teaching assistants' support is spread rather thinly. Pupils benefit from a good range of visits, visitors and clubs, which add vitality and interest to the curriculum.

Holly Primary School –

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Nonington Church of England Primary School

Curriculum and other activities

Grade: 2
The restructured curriculum in Years 1 and 2 is based imaginatively around well developed themes. This makes for efficiencies in the development of literacy and numeracy skills. The Foundation Stage curriculum is tailored carefully to children's needs. The curriculum for older pupils meets current needs well. Opportunities for practical activities in mathematics and science have improved, thereby addressing a criticism from the last inspection. Information and communication technology skills are used regularly across the curriculum. The curriculum for pupils with learning difficulties and/or disabilities and for those beginning to learn English is focused sharply on what they need to learn to improve. Small group support is effective and helps pupils to make better progress. The school has started to support academically gifted pupils, such as able writers, through joint activities with linked schools and is planning to develop this provision further, so that the needs of these pupils are met fully. Provision for personal, social and health education is good, as seen in pupils' good attitudes to school. Extra-curricular and enrichment activities are good, particularly in music and sport. Residential visits enhance pupils' personal development significantly.

Nonington Church of England Primary School –
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Abacus Primary School

Curriculum and other activities

Grade: 2

The curriculum provides opportunities for all learners to make good progress. The school's emphasis on 'excellence and enjoyment' successfully raises pupils' motivation and, subsequently, their levels of attainment. The structure and delivery of the literacy and numeracy strategies are effective in promoting good progress. The newly introduced skill-based 'creative learning journey' is enabling an innovative, integrated approach between subject areas. However, this aspect of the curriculum is not yet fully embedded. Particular strengths of the curriculum are the excellent range of visits and extra-curricular opportunities. Years 4 and 6 pupils take part in residential experiences at Wat Tyler Country Park and Kingswood. Events such as the science fair and an artist in residence give pupils additional enrichment. Preparation for the world of work is well adapted to the age of the pupils, and all Year 6 take part in the Young Enterprise Business Scheme. Pupils study Spanish and communicate regularly with their link school in Spain.

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All Souls C of E

Curriculum and other activities

Grade: 2
The curriculum is imaginative, vibrant and carefully organised. It is broad, balanced and meets requirements. The programme to promote reading is excellent and the impact of this can be seen in the consistently high standard of reading throughout the school. There are growing opportunities for pupils to develop their writing skills in different subjects, but these are recent and it is too early to judge their impact on raising standards. The school's outstanding emphasis on personal, social and health education and citizenship develops pupils into mature, articulate and confident young citizens who are very well prepared for their next stage of education. Very recently, the school has linked subjects together within themes, with a greater emphasis on the development of pupils' key skills and knowledge. The use of information and communication technology in other subjects is greatly improved since the previous inspection and supports pupils' learning very well.

All Souls C of E –

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Asquith Primary School

Curriculum and other activities

Grade: 2
The curriculum and other activities are good. Pupils enjoy the practical approaches to learning and the many opportunities to make choices and plan their own activities. For example, the 'My Healthy Body' theme during the inspection week was cross-curricular and provided pupils with many opportunities to learn through enjoyment and fun. Although there is a growing focus on the teaching of basic skills, the curriculum in Years 3 to 5 does not yet promote consistently good progress in writing, but the school has identified this and is working on it. Provision for pupils' personal, social, health education and citizenship is very strong. Consequently, pupils know how important it is to stay safe and be responsible members of the community, for example through the effective 'park and stride' system. After-school clubs such as creative arts, gymnastics, football and choir help pupils to nurture their particular interests. Visiting artists and theatre groups inspire pupils' creative work, while visits to sites outside of school bring history, geography and religious education to life. Pupils' cultural enrichment is enhanced through the teaching of French in Key Stage 2.

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Bacton Primary School

Grade: 1

Pupils succeed in many areas. They enjoy an outstanding curriculum that is enhanced very well by an excellent range of clubs and trips. They have a good understanding of healthy lifestyles and participate eagerly in a good range of sports. Those pupils with particular gifts and talents are encouraged to extend their skills, often in collaboration with other local schools, for example, by organising activities focused on creative thinking. The school has made outstanding improvement since the last inspection. It has an accurate view of its own effectiveness. Its capacity to maintain high standards and the high quality of education is evident in the drive for continued improvement by the headteacher, staff and governors.

Bacton Primary School –

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Balliol Primary School

Teaching and learning are good overall. They are sometimes outstanding when challenging activities capture children's interest and effectively fire their imaginations so that they work hard and strive to do their best. Good opportunities for them to learn independently or work together in groups are met with great enthusiasm, and competent teaching assistants help to make lessons interesting. Classrooms are clean, bright, cheerful places in which to learn. Teachers assess progress accurately and children are often inspired to do well by the positive feedback they are given when teachers and other children congratulate them for their efforts by clapping cheerfully. Occasionally, teaching is only satisfactory when it does not take sufficient account of children's learning needs and tasks are either too hard or too easy. Similarly, the pace of learning slows when the poor behaviour of a few children is not managed effectively. Nonetheless, the school's good curriculum has a strong focus on developing children's creativity, which provides plenty of stimulating learning experiences, including a good range of extra-curricular activities. Academic guidance is good. Staff have developed effective systems for tracking and monitoring each individual's progress. Children know how well they are doing and have suitable targets to guide their work. Children in Year 4 enjoy keeping a check on their own progress by completing their records known as 'Learning Journey Mountains'.

Balliol Primary School –




Harefield Infant School

We had Ofsted this week , 3rd and 4th and the lead inspector was impressed with the CLJ.  Our Foundation Stage has started using it and it certainly helped them.

 
Bernie Lloyd  (Head teacher Harefield infant school)

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Overall effectiveness of the school

Grade: 1

Bradwell is an outstanding school where pupils make excellent progress both in their academic work and their personal development. The school has gone from strength to strength since its previous inspection, because of outstanding leadership and management, where there is a relentless focus on raising standards and improving all aspects of the pupils' education. The inspirational leadership of the headteacher has been pivotal in creating an ethos of very high expectations. She is ably supported by very dedicated and enthusiastic staff. Together with the very good support of the governors, they have very effectively ensured that pupils attend an exciting vibrant school, where pupils are able to achieve their very best. Understandably, parents are delighted with the school, typically saying, 'Bradwell is a small school with a big heart. It has many strengths but for me, it is its caring, sharing, 'every child matters' ethos, that makes this school so special!'

Pupils love learning, and respond very well to the excellent teaching and outstanding levels of care. These are the reasons why the vast majority of pupils attend regularly and attendance has improved to broadly average. They feel safe and secure, and all current checks to safeguard pupils are rigorously in place. Very close links with outside agencies add to the high quality of support provided for all pupils. The partnership with parents and carers is also very strong. They know their views are valued and much effort is made to involve them in their children's education. The 'Learning Logs' of those pupils with learning difficulties and/or disabilities are excellent, ensuring parents and carers are kept up to date with their children's progress. The before- and after-school clubs and the parents' breakfast club are facilities the community greatly appreciates. Pupils also value what the school does for them, and relationships between staff and pupils are excellent. As one pupil typically said, 'Our teachers are great. They are always there to help and do much more for us than they need to. They are like our parents!' The curriculum is outstanding, with very good links made between subjects. This results in good progress made in subjects such as history, geography and religious education. Exciting activities capitalise on pupils' interests, making learning fun, relevant and meaningful. Arts week projects take place in all year groups, enabling children to learn about aspects of life, traditions and cultures of countries from across the world.

Children get an excellent grounding in the EYFS, and by the time pupils leave in Year 6, they attain standards that are consistently well above the national average in English, mathematics and science. A significant factor in this excellent academic achievement is the quality of teaching. Teachers, together with support staff, believe all pupils can succeed. They make excellent use of assessment to track progress and activities are skilfully tailored to meet all pupils' needs. Resources such as information and communication technology are used exceptionally well and this includes the use of exciting wall displays, which enhance learning by providing prompts and key words as well as celebrating pupils' work. Pupils' enthusiasm and excellent attitudes are shown as they work hard and confidently ask and answer questions. They know how well they are doing, and understand what they need to do to improve. They take a great pride in their work, and written work is neat and carefully presented. However, although older pupils know how to punctuate sentences correctly and can join letters together competently, they do not use these skills consistently in their written work.

Pupils' personal development is excellent, and by Year 6, pupils develop into very mature, thoughtful and very caring individuals. Behaviour is outstanding. These features prepare them extremely well for their next stage of education. Pupils know of the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle, trying hard to eat sensibly and to take regular exercise. They know of the dangers of smoking, taking drugs and of alcohol. The views of pupils are respected and they speak proudly of their roles as school councillors, willingly taking on the many responsibilities within the day-to-day life of the school. They raise funds for charities, and develop a strong moral conscience.

Underpinning the school's success is the high quality of leadership and management at all levels within the school. The headteacher sets the tone and is unstinting in her drive to move the school forward. Challenging targets are set for each year group and progress towards these targets are checked upon regularly. Self-evaluation is rigorous and any identified weaknesses immediately acted upon. For example, recognising the importance of enabling pupils to be more involved in working with different communities within multi-ethnic Britain, a detailed and thorough action plan is in place. The leadership is committed to ensuring all pupils are included in all aspects of the schools' provision, with academic and personal development of equal importance. Excellent progress has been made since the last inspection and, given the very effective senior management team and strong governing body, the school has an excellent capacity to improve in the future.

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Hawksmoor Primary School

Curriculum and other activities

Grade: 1

The school has piloted its first year of the 'Creative Learning Journey', a way of teaching through topics rather than subjects, and this has proved to be highly successful. It has enthused staff and pupils and given more emphasis to a wider range of subjects. As one teacher put it, 'Geography and history have come to life'. The curriculum has been planned so that there is an emphasis on speaking and listening, en Francais as well as in English, and on the 'core values' of the school: teamwork, high expectations and valuing everyone's contribution. It reflects the Nigerian heritage of many of the pupils, with Yoruba classes, Djembe drumming and a topic on Benin which contribute to all pupils' social, spiritual and cultural education. Pupils have a voice in what topics are taught. Each includes work on managing feelings and creative thinking as well as skills, and this contributes in turn to the pupils' outstanding personal development. There is a very good range of enrichment activities and clubs that cater for many interests, especially sport, and these help to provide pupils with a very well-rounded experience of education.

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New Ford Primary School

Curriculum and other activities

Grade: 1
Extremely detailed planning ensures that pupils' learning at all ability levels is supported and extended exceptionally well. There are particular areas of strength. Specifically, the artwork that proudly adorns the school throughout the shared spaces is of a high standard and reflects the outstanding art curriculum. These displays celebrate pupils' artistic achievements and significantly improve the learning environment. Provision for PE is also outstanding and pupils involved in creating contemporary dances from a traditional stimulus demonstrated a high level of skill. There is a very strong programme of enrichment, including French and extracurricular activities. The outside environment is extensive, although further opportunities to enhance the curriculum are missed as some of these areas are underdeveloped.

New Ford Primary School –

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Jubilee Primary School

Curriculum and other activities

Grade: 1
The school provides an outstanding curriculum that meets the needs of all the children. The curriculum in the Foundation stage is engaging, very well planned and there is a balance between directed and child-initiated activities. It is motivating and relevant with a good emphasis on personal development, health and safety. While resources are used well, there is insufficient play space for the Nursery children.

The curriculum throughout the school is based on the six themes of the Foundation Stage. It has a strong emphasis on literacy, numeracy, personal development and creativity. It is enhanced with themed weeks, for example for performing arts, and with visits, residential trips and instrumental tuition. A rich variety of clubs meets a wide range of interests and needs, for example anger management, gifted and talented, French and lots of sports. Links between subjects have a positive impact on pupils' learning, particularly in information and communication technology where 'it makes learning interesting and fun'. The school works very creatively with local agencies to give pupils extensive information on personal safety and healthy living. Provision for pupils with English as an additional language is outstanding. Pupils with learning difficulties and disabilities have excellent individual education plans and a wide range of extra support. Jubilee has received awards for basic skills, sport, and the Arts.

Jubilee Primary School

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