We put children at the centre of everything we do here at Knowles Primary School upholding the strong belief that children should have breadth and balance within their learning. We wanted our curriculum to say ‘Welcome to Knowles’ and so, our curriculum is driven by what makes Knowles Primary School special. These are ‘Possibility‘ and ‘Community‘ and are woven in to our whole curriculum.
We believe that all children should be able to find and develop their talents and passions and our broad and balanced curriculum enables all children to find success. Our curriculum ensures that children have a good understanding of their global and local citizenship and develops their social, emotional and moral needs as well as meeting National Curriculum expectations.
Our curriculum is made up of the ‘Prospectus Curriculum‘ and our ‘Learning Concepts‘
We devised a two-year rolling programme, split in to Cycle A and Cycle B to ensure that children experience real breadth and depth in their themes and support our split year classes.
Each theme has been devised with a clear thread in mind that takes children on an engaging journey through their theme, helping them to make links and build upon their learning in a variety of ways. Themes begin with an engaging experience to launch the learning and include opportunities to explore, energise and celebrate, through trips and events in school.
Each theme also has an accompanying, additional science investigation enabling children to experience hands on and practical science exploration looking at a variety of themes.
Your child’s learning is captured in collaborative journals which celebrate all the learning opportunities the children have throughout their themes. This is done using a range of techniques, including written and photographic evidence, artwork and even QR codes.
Programme Of Study Files
Learning Concept Files
At Knowles Primary School, we believe that personal development is a crucial aspect of learning as it has a direct impact upon all other areas of study. Our values are intrinsic to pupils personal development at Knowles and are woven in to our curriculum, shared in assemblies and are visible around the school.
Alongside our values, we also support mental health by ensuring well being opportunities and learning are woven throughout the curriculum. The 5 areas of well being we promote explicitly are: connecting with others, giving, being active, taking notice and learning new things.
Childrens social, emotional and mental health is also supported by daily mindspace time. This twenty minute session at the start of every day, helps to promote mindful thinking and ensure that children are calm, relaxed and in the best position to learn.
Learning At Home
In order to extend our themes into learning at home, we use POWer projects – theme-based homework projects, designed to provide children with maximum opportunities to develop their creativity through selecting from a range of activities. These support children in developing organisational and time-management skills, whilst encouraging opportunities to share time and skills with adults at home. These are recorded in the home learning Power Project books.
Sharing our Curriculum with Parents
Every term we invite parents in to share our learning.We also send out theme newsletters, which outline what is being taught in each year group every term. These letters are also available on the year group sections of the website.
Science & Technology
Our Science curriculum is built in to our Broader Curriculum. If you would like to find out more about the Science curriculum coverage for each year group, this can be found on the Year Group Curriculum Maps.
In addition to the science coverage in our Broader Curriculum, we also do at least one complete, engaging science investigation per theme that explores a variety of aspects of the science curriculum. Encouraging children from Year 1 to Year 6 to plan, make predictions and take part in physical science experiments and investigations.
For our Religious Education, we use Discovery R.E. It is an inquiry based approach to R.E teaching which delivers excellent learning outcomes.
Across the school we teach 59 different modules covering Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism and Sikhism.
Our Religious Education curriculum meets Ofsted and SIAMS outcomes, SMSC, British Values, Anti-radicalisation, Critical thinking and Growth Mindset and Personal Development.
Our PSHE Pathway
Our aim with PSHE education is to provide pupils with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes, values and skills they need in order to reach their potential as individuals and within the community.
Pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of their school and communities. In doing so they learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning. They reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.
They learn to understand and respect our common humanity; diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning.
At Knowles Primary School we teach PSHE using the Jigsaw PSHE scheme which is a whole school approach.
The DfE have recently reinforced the need to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
At Knowles Primary School, British values are promoted through our own school values. They are also integrated throughout our broader curriculum teaching.
Social, moral, spiritual and cultural links are planned in to each of our themes and taught discreetly