Our Curriculum Intent
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. Our curriculum is driven by the communities and backgrounds that make up our school and as a result, make Knowles Primary School special. Our curriculum is driven by ‘Possibilities‘ and ‘Community‘.
These are woven in to our whole curriculum. This ensures that pupils are equipped with the essential knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life.
We believe that all children should have a fair opportunity to 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 equips children with both the knowledge and skills needed to be successful at primary school and beyond; championing the culture and climate we value here at Knowles.
Our curriculum is made up of the ‘The Breadth Map‘ 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 learning: leading to sustained mastery and a greater depth of understanding for all.
Each Learning Opportunity (i.e Gods & Mortals, Blue Abyss) provides children with the knowledge required to apply the skills, make links and build upon their learning in a variety of ways. Each Learning Opportunity begins and ends with engaging experiences; including opportunities to explore, energise and celebrate, through visits and events in school and in the community.
Your child’s progress and learning is captured in books which celebrate their individual learning achievements and in collaborative floor books to capture whole class learning experiences.
Breadth Maps Files
Learning Concept Files
Just as our curriculum is driven by the specific challenges and opportunities that the backgrounds of our pupils can present, our personal development opportunities are tailored to ensure that our pupils develop into responsible, respectful and active citizens.
Our values are intrinsic to pupils personal development at Knowles and are woven into our curriculum, shared in assemblies and are visible around the school.
We ask for help and help each other
We are confident to be ourselves
We listen to each other
We talk to each other
We are kind and calm and look after each other
We work hard and when things get difficult, we don’t give up
We make people feel welcome.
We set ourselves goals
We learn from our mistakes
We work together
We make memories with each other
We take pride in what others and ourselves do well.
We look after our school and make it an enjoyable place to be.
We are good role models and make good choices.
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.
There are many opportunities for extra curricular activities outside of school hours, regular termly updates of available after school clubs will be sent out via parentmail and through letters sent home with your child.
Learning At Home
Our expectation is that spelling, times tables and daily reading practise form the basis of our home learning. To support learning across the curriculum, class teachers may also send out suggested learning opportunities to enhance our children’s understanding. These are designed to provide children with maximum opportunities to develop their creativity through selecting from a range of activities.
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