What Are The Overarching Aims Of Our Curriculum?
- Making lasting changes to long term memory for children at Knowles through a knowledge rich curriculum
- Providing children with exciting educational opportunities that develop them not only as pupils but as adults in later life.
- Sparking curiosity and encouraging them to develop new skills.
- Considering Personal Development and Academic Success as something that goes hand in hand.
- Enabling all children to be successful and find and grow their passions.
- Re-igniting teachers’ love of learning and empowering them to support each other to be better practitioners. Encouraging them to take greater ownership of their subjects.
- Equipping Teachers with the knowledge and resources needed to enable children to achieve their best and beyond.
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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 into our whole curriculum. This ensures that pupils are equipped with the essential knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. Our curriculum is ambitious and aims to ‘introduce pupils to the best that has been thought and said’ whether that is through studying a rich variety of the worlds greatest artists or scientists or through our weekly music lessons which take inspiration from some of the world’s most iconic pieces of music.
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 knowledge rich curriculum equips children with both the semantic and procedural knowledge needed to be successful at primary school and beyond; championing the culture and climate we value here at Knowles.
Children’s personal development is important to us at Knowles and so each week children have access to high quality curriculum enrichment. Providing them with the opportunity to develop skills beyond the traditional academic or vocational. Our teachers offer access to clubs such as keyboard, ukulele, chess, sewing and gardening
Our knowledge rich curriculum is supported by our ‘Learning concepts’. These are the procedural and semantic elements of the curriculum that need to be learnt by the children and that intertwine with the topic knowledge to create our full curriculum offer.
Subject specific skills and knowledge is taught repeatedly throughout each unit, applied to different knowledge bases to build comprehensive subject schemas for children. These progress throughout the year groups to end of year goals.
Our Knowledge is supported by well researched and award winning curriculum resources such as Kapow And Rising Stars, that ensure the knowledge in our curriculum is ambitious, engaging, rich in cultural capital, well sequenced and well resourced.
We are fortunate at Knowles to have the opportunity to make use of dedicated curriculum rooms for art, music, engineering, science and DT. Children benefit from full access to these well resourced rooms for blocked weeks of subject specific learning, reducing the cognitive load and enabling them to become fully immersed in the subject.
Effective subject leaders ensure that our curriculum offer enables success for all and monitor the quality of teaching and learning in their areas.
Regular assessment tasks at the end of each unit help build to the end goal for that subject. The knowledge that is taught during the unit gives children the opportunity to regularly practice and apply subject specific skills that develop their subject schemas. Attainment in foundation subjects is recorded termly, reflecting if children have a ‘beginning’ ‘advanced’ or ‘deep’ knowledge of the subject.
Children’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.
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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
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