Our curriculum is the core to our children’s journey at Latimer. Our curriculum is specifically structured to provide an ambitious outline of the knowledge, understanding, skills and experiences that our children need to be successful in the next phases of their lives.
The curriculum includes the core activities ‘taught’ within the classroom but also the wider curriculum of the school including the school culture, community relationships, expectations, assemblies, lunchtimes, extended schools, clubs and home learning.
The school’s ethos of ‘Developing Responsibility; Caring about Achievement’ underpins all of the learning that takes place. Through their experiences at Latimer we want our children to grow into ambitious, resilient and responsible learners who can work collaboratively with others to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills to achieve their full potential.
Our core curriculum is bespoke to Latimer. Knowledge, skills, vocabulary and understanding is carefully sequenced throughout the school to build on prior learning year on year. All our curriculum developments are based the best of educational research from organisations such as the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and influenced by the best speakers and writers across education.
Our children will experience a range of subjects and topics which are arranged carefully to ensure that their learning is secure. A love of reading and Vocabulary development is prioritised within the curriculum and is woven across all subjects building links across subjects and between year groups. As a local authority maintained school our curriculum is shaped to meet the expectations of the 2014 National Curriculum.
Our curriculum aims are that:
• Our children take responsibility for their own learning and well-being; live positively within and contribute effectively to the school and local community.
• No child leaves without achieving the minimum expectation for primary pupils or being supported on the best path for their future.
• Our curriculum provides the opportunities for all pupils to broaden their aspirations and understand how to achieve them.
As a Leicestershire Maintained School we follow the national curriculum (2014) which has been shaped to meet the needs of all our children using our knowledge of the local area, children’s lifestyles and experiences.
Our full curriculum is outlined in the documents below. Please take your time to find out what your child will be learning throughout their time at Latimer.
At Latimer, we are extremely proud of the support we provide to all children, regardless of any barrier they may have. We are ambitious for all our children and aim that they all reach their own potential. Our curriculum is designed to ensure that all children are challenged in their learning and make good or better progress each year.
Not all pupils achieve in the same way and are extremely proud of the support that we provide families to find the right path for their child’s future. We work closely with families, specialist teaching services and other professional services to ensure that any child who has additional needs is able to access the best support to enable them to meet their full potential. We are recognised locally for our strength with SEND provision and many parents chose to send their children to us for the additional support we offer.
At Latimer, children may be identified with special educational needs when their learning difficulty or disability is such that they need different or additional provision to other children of the same age. For some children, SEN can be identified at an early age. For other pupils, difficulties become evident over time. We work as a team to ensure that any concerns are flagged when they arise and children’s needs can be identified at the earliest possible point so that effective provision can start as soon as possible.
All of our classrooms are inclusive and friendly. We aim to teach in ways that will support children with varying tendencies such as ASD and dyslexia. All of our children have access to the full curriculum and we recognise their achievements in all areas. If children need it we will tailor the curriculum to their individual needs and provide additional intervention to support them.
If a child has an EHCP (Education Health and Care Plan), we put provision in place as outlined in their plan but also in response to the pupil’s ongoing needs and from guidance given by other agencies such as those from the educational psychologist, autism outreach services and SALT. Our SEN support is revised through a four-part process; assess, plan, do, review. This ensures provision is revised in light of the pupil’s response to support, interventions and strategies implemented and progress and attainment; taking into account the views of all parties.
Where additional adult support is required it is tailored to meet the individual needs of pupils; this may be on a 1:1 basis or in small groups depending on the child’s requirements. The exact nature of any additional support depends on the pupil’s specific needs. Teachers discuss additional provision with parents and pupils. Our aim is to enable pupils to develop the skills required to become active and independent learners.
If you do have any queries regarding your child’s progress please contact the class teacher or speak to our SENDCO.
We have a growing number of clubs for our children to take part in either during the school day or after-school which add to the breadth and depth of our curriculum and provide opportunities for our children to learn new skills and talents.
Each class has access to a funded tennis or multi-sports club, for two terms of the year. These sessions are led by highly skilled tennis coaches from local tennis clubs and Mr Tinker, our sports and football coach, who has his own highly-regarded fustal club. The club is funded by the school and all children are expected to participate enabling our pupils to have additional sport and fitness time in their curriculum.
We also offer further sporting activities with cross country club, Judo Club led Mr Welford a British Judio champion. We also have netball club and a dance club where children have the opportunity to perform infront of an audience at The Curve Theatre in Leicester. We’re also looking forward to the start of balance bike club later in the year.
At lunch times our library hosts our ‘Chameleon’ Club which provides respite to those children who find the playground a large space to be and would benefit from some quiet time at lunches. At Chamelon Club children can take part in board games, use the library space or simply enjoy some time with our Emotional Literacy (ELSA) team.
For those with musical interest children can take part in African drumming lessons, guitar lessons and the Young Voices Choir during the school day.
Latimer was last visited by Ofsted in March 2019 when they confirmed that we continue to be a good and improving school. During their last visit Ofsted commented on our ‘conscientious staff’, who go the extra mile for all our pupils and the ethos of care and ambition which is shared by the whole school team. This ethos of care was found to extend across the whole school day with our before and after school club providing a calm and happy place for our pupils.
Due to COVID-19, national data was last published for all schools for the year 2018-19. There was no data for the 2020-21 or 2019-20 academic year.
To view our Ofsted Results, school data and performance tables please follow the links below.
The pupil premium is a government initiative in which additional funding is given to schools to help raise the attainment of low-income families; the intention of this being to close any gaps between them and their peers and to ensure that they have equal opportunities.
Please see below to find out more about how we improve outcomes for children entitled to Pupil Premium.
Our PE and sports curriculum is carefully planned alongside our health and wellbeing curriculum, to develop children’s understanding of how to keep themselves physically and mentally healthy.
Our children have the opportunity to learn the skills of different sports during their PE lessons and also have a wide range of opportunities to keep themselves active during the school day. Active 10 sessions, lunch time and after school clubs all provide our children with a wide range of opportunities to be active during the school day.
We regularly take part in inter school competitions and have been proud holders of the School Sports Gold Mark for a number of years.
Our PE and Sports premium is carefully allocated to support our children to build a healthy and active lifestyle.
Latimer Primary School
0116 236 2138
Executive Head Teacher:
Mrs Claire Moran
Head of School:
Mrs Claire Cooke
Deputy Head Teacher:
Mrs Michelle Swarbrook