Our Curriculum Intent

In building our curriculum we have considered the needs of our pupils and their families and the social context within which they live. We believe that in order to enable our pupils to learn effectively, they need to have their uniqueness recognised and valued, feel safe in their environment and have the oral, social and emotional literacy skills to support them with the demands of life. We stress the importance of supporting emotional wellbeing and promoting personal development, recognising that many of our pupils do not come to school ‘ready to learn’ but have an appetite to gain skills, knowledge and understanding.

Our curriculum therefore has a number of key strands:

  • To enable every pupil to achieve their personal best;
  • To inspire enthusiasm and curiosity for learning and a determination to succeed;
  • To promote a values-based approach so that pupils take responsibility for themselves academically, socially and emotionally, morally and physically;
  • To prepare pupils to become successful and resilient members of their community and lifelong learners.

Our curriculum is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills while providing a range of opportunities through visits, visitors and practical first-hand learning experiences. Our assemblies and PHSE lessons promote positive attitudes, building a sense of belonging and community.

Community involvement is a key element enabling the pupils to be visibly contributing to the well-being of others through visits, music and joint learning with parents and carers.

Knowledge organisers are used to make learning memorable and support the learning gateway themes which provide a balance across science and the foundation subjects. They include the key vocabulary that we expect pupils to recall and use in their learning. We fundamentally believe that providing our children with a richer and more varied vocabulary along with core skills will help them to be confident and resilient in the future.

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