The Educational Model principles are:
1) the use of specialist teachers from reception for the Music and MFL lessons covering the main classroom teacher’s PPA time. From year 4 to 6, specialist teaching will deliver all the English, Maths, Science lessons. Specialist teacher from the secondary/primary school will be timetabled across the schools to deliver the relevant lesson.
2) the development of a tried and tested, effective curriculum model based on Classical Education which delivery will be aided by the principles of Mastery and Core knowledge sequencing. This Classical model is based on delivering the curriculum from three perspectives, what the Romans called The Trivium:
Grammar (basic knowledge and vocabulary for KS1: chanting, learning number facts, vocabulary, idioms and key concepts – Core Knowledge sequencing)
Logic (critical thinking and analysis for KS2 and 3, learning to wonder why and breaking down complex concepts – introduction of Philosophy for Children and the use of the Asian Mathematical Mastery based on concrete, visual and abstract analysis).
Rhetoric (Oracy or the art of the spoken language through; presentations and verbal contributions will be part of every lesson by every child, reading aloud, word recall, idioms memorisation, show and tell etc.). The acquisition of vocabulary will be at the centre of the learning;
3) Oracy will enable children to succeed because students who have mastered language, that is mastery of grammar and vocabulary, logical reasoning, and persuasive, eloquent speaking and writing, have the requisite tools necessary to study and master any subject they choose, increasing their chances of success in secondary education and beyond. We aim to be the local Oracy, Speech and Language Hub where speech specialist will be based and other school could access.
4) specialist teaching in key areas will deliver our more academically focused curriculum, introducing both challenge and strong support and differentiation for those children unable to access the more challenging areas of the curriculum model, in line with the Singapore Mathematics model and Core Knowledge principles which ties with the principles of the Classical educational model based on concept acquisition (Grammar stage);
5) all classes will have Teaching Assistants to provide for the children experiencing difficulties accessing the learning by delivering exceptional SEND provision and ensuring all children make good progress;
6) the use of a tutor/class teachers for year 4, 5 and 6. Tutors/class teachers will lead the childrens’ day and will offer a common thread to their day. They will register and oversee the pupils’ academic and personal development as well as deliver their Love for Reading session every morning and all their afternoon lessons;
7) an applied interpretation of subjects such as mathematics and science through the use of robotics and experiments, in line with the concrete element of the Singapore mastery method.
8) embedded, not coaching based, 11+ practise and support in lessons and through the childrens’ Home Working plan.
9) children from the free school who are unable to access The Crypt School will possess the building blocks necessary to achieve great outcomes when joining other secondary schools as they will have the toolkit to access learning effectively. The Crypt Primary school will have a transition programme in place for these students.