Over the past two years, we have been working hard on curriculum development. The purpose of this is to ensure that the learning experiences provided for children are motivating, exciting and informed by current research related to cognitive development.
OUR SCHOOL CURRICULUM
Our curriculum, built on a firm understanding of our overall school vision and values, is designed to inspire enthusiasm for learning, to ensure achievement and to promote pupil well-being and happiness.
We provide first hand learning experiences that allow children to develop interpersonal skills and build resilience. Our carefully structured cross-curricular approach enables our children to make meaningful links using their learning.
We celebrate our own special school identity through the unique experiences that our curriculum provides. We have developed a curriculum that reflects the local area whilst being outward looking to ensure that all children develop firm foundations on which to build their understanding in a global 21st century. We have developed a rich and varied menu of enhancement opportunities to engage learning and recognise individuality. These include: raising children’s awareness of significant events and special days across the year; planned assemblies to improve overall understanding of the world ; a focus on mental health ; theme days and weeks; an established school and eco-council and a wide range of sporting activities and events as well as carefully planned units of learning and school visitors and visits.
Our curriculum enables us to build strong relationships, celebrate diversity, encourage respect and build a sense of community. It provides and acknowledges success for all children in all aspects of their development and it recognises, encourages and celebrates all types of talent.
Teamwork and responsibility are an essential part of our curriculum and we enable children to take on key roles within our community, to understand local, national and international traditions and celebrations, and to learn new skills enabling them to take an active part in events throughout the year.
Foundations of Knowledge
We have worked hard to design a curriculum in which core knowledge is carefully structured and skills are taught progressively. We believe that these are essential foundations for success and we have designed a range of learning opportunities to allow learners to revisit these essential elements of successful learning in a range of different contexts.
Effective Attributes of Learning
We use Secrets to Success, to promote positive attitudes and so that children understand how to develop skills and qualities needed for lifelong learning.
Believe: Don't Give Up, Try new Things, Push Yourself, Imagine
Achieve: Work Hard, Concentrate, Improve, Understand Others
Try New Things:
If you never try, you’ll never know.
Work Hard :
It’s not luck or looks that make you successful, it’s all about the effort.
Learn to focus, tune out distractions and be mindful.
Fight your fears and learn to push past doubts.
Have ideas and don’t be scared of being wrong.
Keep advancing, bit by bit. Success never comes in one giant step.
Learn to listen; listen to learn about others.
Don’t Give Up:
Sir Winston Churchill said ‘Success isn’t final, failure isn’t fatal.
It is the courage to continue that counts.’
We use these attributes to encourage children to think critically about the world, asking questions and building on their natural curiosity.
We want children to be active learners and not passive recipients of information and our school logo, the ladybird with its spots, is used to remind children that they have an active role to play in their own learning.
We use the term ‘Spot-it’, as follows, to develop the application of core skills and promote critical thinking.
‘SPOT-IT’ encourages children to make links in learning, be enquiring and actively involved in lessons. Children are encouraged to be observant and notice patterns, trends and aspects of learning which stand out, for example: spot…the pattern, the difference, the strategy, a different method, a spelling pattern, prefix, writing technique, link in learning between subject areas, how a small improvement could be made and what I need to learn to improve my attainment/understanding.
As a result of our curriculum offer, we believe that children leave Pomphlett Primary School with a sense of belonging and are proud that they have developed the confidence and skills needed to be learners for life.
The skills and knowledge that we teach in our school curriculum are based on the National Curriculum and use Chris Quigley's Milestones to assess children's progress. These milestones are used to report to you and you can see how these are broken up into units of learning by looking at each year group's Knowledge Organisers. These are published on class pages. Partnership with you, as parents and carers, is very important to us so please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions.