Brinkworth Earl Danby's Church of England Primary

Curriculum statement

Intent

At Brinkworth Earl Danby’s CE Primary School we strive to enjoy our learning and make it as much fun and as meaningful and relevant as possible. We offer children an excellent education in a safe, calm, creative, inclusive and stimulating environment across two sites. Every child is valued as an individual; we aim to develop well rounded, respectful and confident children who will develop skills for life-long learning. We nurture our children on their journey and encourage them to be creative, unique, open-minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and of others in our school, our local community and the wider world. We take our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain very seriously and ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of our school.

Big ideas

Humankind

Understanding what it means to be human and how human behaviour has shaped the world.

Processes

Understanding the many dynamic and physical processes that shape the world.

Creativity

Understanding the creative process and how everyday and exceptional creativity can shape the world.

Investigation

Understanding the importance of investigation and how this has led to significant change in the world.

Materials

Understanding the properties of all matter, living and non-living.

Nature

Understanding the complexities of the plant and animal species that inhabit the world.

Place and space

Understanding the visual, cultural, social, and environmental aspects of places around the world.

Comparison

Understanding how and why things are the same or different.

Significance

Understanding why significant people, places, events and inventions matter and how they have shaped the world.

Change

Understanding why and how things have changed over time.

Mission statement

Believe to Achieve! 'Roots will grow down into God's love and keep us strong.' Eph 3:17

General principles

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• become successful life long learners who are able to reach their full potential
• experience the challenge and enjoyment of learning
• understand the purpose and value of their learning and see its relevance to their past, present and future
• see clear links between different aspects of their learning
• develop and demonstrate their creativity
• develop new skills through a variety of interesting contexts
• learn within a coherent and progressive framework
• develop a rich and deep subject knowledge
• explore the breadth and depth of the national curriculum

Purpose

Our curriculum promotes respect for the views of each individual child and for people of all cultures. We value the spiritual and moral development of each person, as well as their intellectual and physical growth. Our curriculum is planned to promote co-operation and understanding between all members of our community.

SMSC/FBV

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• Spiritual - Explore beliefs, experience and faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity and reflect on experiences
• Moral - Recognise right and wrong and respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues and offer reasoned views
• Cultural - Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain’s parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity
• Social - Use a range of social skills to participate in the local community and beyond; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict
• Democracy - Be part of a system where everyone plays an equal part
• Individual liberty - Be free to express views or ideas
• Rule of law - Learn that all people and institutions are subject to and accountable for their actions and behaviour
• Tolerance and respect - To respect and tolerate the opinions or behaviour of others

Purpose

Our children are supported to be well rounded, empathetic young people who have a genuine love of learning. They will develop a strong sense of moral purpose in addition to a respect for and understanding of people.

Well-being

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• develop self-esteem and confidence in their abilities
• learn in a peaceful and supportive environment
• follow their own interests and be themselves
• build respectful friendships
• recognise that people are good at different things
• reflect and think mindfully about their learning
• work in a range of groups and settings

Purpose

We aim to provide all pupils with relevant and appropriate work, setting suitable learning challenges, responding to pupils’ diverse needs and endeavouring to overcome each child's potential barriers to learning.

Pupil voice

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• make a positive contribution to the school and local community
• express their opinions on a range of different topics and issues
• make choices about things that are important to them
• explore ways of becoming an active citizen

Purpose

Our curriculum promotes respect for the views of each individual child, as well as for people of all cultures. We value the spiritual and moral development of each person, as well as their intellectual and physical growth.

Pedagogy

Our curriculum will be taught through a pedagogy that:

• excites, promotes and sustains children’s interest
• enables and fosters children’s natural curiosity
• offers all children a memorable experience at the start of every topic
• promotes innovation and entrepreneurialism
• promotes problem solving, creativity and communication
• enables children to reflect on and evaluate their learning

Purpose

We offer to enrich the experiences of our children including the ‘hidden curriculum’, or what the children learn from the way they are treated and how they are expected to behave. We aim to teach children how to grow into positive, responsible people, who can work and co-operate with others, developing their knowledge, skills and attitudes to learning, in order that they achieve their true potential.

Enrichment

We will enrich our curriculum by:

• welcoming parents and carers to take part in children’s learning and experiences
• offering opportunities for children to learn outdoors
• using quality resources in and out of the classroom
• holding specialist curriculum days or weeks
• developing partnerships with external providers that extend children’s opportunities for learning
• providing on and off-site subject or topic related activities

Purpose

We aim to enrich our pupils’ lives by offering a variety of non-statutory extra-curricular experiences (clubs, visits, visiting speakers, sporting events, residentials etc). In addition, we seek to enhance our pupils’ learning through developing positive two-way relationships with our local communities.