Curriculum Intent Statement
The aim of our curriculum is to provide opportunities for children to develop as independent, confident, successful learners where children experience the opportunity to learn in a wide range of contexts. Pupils develop knowledge, understand concepts and acquire skills, and are able to choose and apply these in relevant situations. There is a high focus on developing children’s moral, spiritual, social and cultural understanding.
Thorpe Primary School promotes a positive attitude towards learning within an inclusive environment. Pupils at all levels are helped to achieve their potential. We understand that getting ‘stuck’ means that learning is taking place and is just part of the learning journey to success. We ensure that there is an equal access to learning, with high expectations for every pupil and appropriate levels of challenge and support. For pupils with special educational needs, lessons are planned to ensure that there are no barriers to every pupil achieving.
Our focus on curriculum development is carefully designed to ensure coverage and progression, a curriculum that is interesting, relevant, extends your children’s understanding of the subject and ensures high quality work and outcomes. A primary focus of our curriculum is to raise aspirations, create a sense of personal pride in achievement, and providing a purpose and relevance for learning.
Subject leaders play an important part in the success of the curriculum by leading a regular programme of monitoring, evaluation and review.
This curriculum design ensures that the needs of individual and small groups of children can be met within the environment of high quality teaching, supported by targeted, proven interventions where appropriate. In this way it can be seen to impact in a very positive way on pupil outcomes.
Enjoyment of the curriculum promotes achievement, confidence and good behaviour. Children feel safe to try new things.
We take every opportunity to enrich children’s learning with visits, outside providers, celebration days, charity events, themed days and extra-curricular opportunities.
Pupils have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents and carers and other learners through assemblies, performances, competitions and events involving other schools.
Please see our Curriculum Policy for more detail.
Religious Education is a statutory element of the curriculum and we follow the Bradford Agreed Syllabus, which reflects the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are mainly Christian while taking into account other beliefs and customs of other faiths. Each day we have an assembly where children join together either as a whole school, in Key Stages or as an individual class. Parents have the right to withdraw children from religious education and assemblies by notifying the Headteacher in writing.
We have improved our PE provision by using sports coaches from SportsUK to deliver PE lessons and run after school clubs. Attending sports festivals and tournaments allow our children to participate in events as well as compete in competitions.
Homework is set regularly for all children. For children in Reception and KS1, homework is centred around reading, spelling and basic maths skills. For all other children, homework is set regularly. Our homework policy sets out our expectations.
THE EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE
In Reception, the children are taught an Early Years Curriculum, based on the ‘Development Matters‘ framework which provides a sound basis for learning.
Your child is learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.
Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:
Communication and language
Personal, social and emotional development.
These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.
As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:
Understanding the world
Expressive arts and design
These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The curriculum is designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child’s unique needs and interests.
Children in the EYFS learn through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside and by:
playing and exploring; finding out and being willing to ‘have a go’
being active, involved and concentrating; enjoying and achieving what they set out to do; keeping on trying
having their own ideas; making links; choosing ways to do things
At Thorpe Primary School, we create a safe and happy learning environment and provide motivating and challenging learning experiences that enable the children to become confident and independent learners. We aim to foster a sense of enquiry and a real thirst for learning new skills and knowledge.