At Throckley Primary School, we are committed to providing a purposeful and empowering curriculum that fully prepares learners for the next steps in their school career and opens the doors to the wider world. Core literacy and numeracy skills are at the heart of all we do and our ambitious curriculum provokes curiosity and excitement, all leading to deeper learning.
Our curriculum is driven by key questions, big ideas and the understanding that all of our learning is linked through experience, conversations and connections, which unite us with the world around us. Focused on the key concepts of belonging, choice and influence; and supported by the study of significant people and rich stories, our curriculum is designed to help children develop their sense of self and their aspirations for the future.
Everything begins with our curriculum drivers. They are woven through all that we do and underpin our shared belief that our role is to support children with the following:
We believe it is our responsibility to show children that at there is a world of possibility awaiting them, outside of the school gates. We also strive to encourage a love of learning that will continue into secondary school and beyond.
Our curriculum is tailored to the needs of all of our children. We celebrate our local heritage and nurture children’s understanding of the communities of which they are part. Significant people have been woven through each area of our curriculum. These include people of local, national and international significance. The study of significant individuals brings life to our learning, meaning children are more likely to recall key facts and events.
A shared love of literature sits alongside our curriculum drivers and underpins all that we do; books are the building blocks of our rich curriculum. We harness the power of story; texts are valued both as a key learning resource across the curriculum, and for pleasure and escapism. Our Throckley Primary reading bookshelves outline the stories shared in each year group, while our Must Reads give structure to children’s reading diet. Texts we share are inclusive, ensuring representation of gender and ethnicity.
Knowledge is valued at Throckley Primary School. Children are aware that what they learn is important; they will need to draw on their understanding later. Our curriculum is diligently sequenced to ensure that knowledge gained is cumulative and we value our bespoke spaced retrieval strategies as tools to support recall. Substantive concepts underpin much of our curriculum, supporting children’s broader understanding and development of schema.
We understand the importance of building children’s vocabulary; we achieve this through carefully chosen and ambitious shared texts, as well as the explicit teaching of new and ambitious words, relevant to learning. Subject-specific vocabulary is mapped across school and children use this in their independent work.
Planning within each area of study builds towards an authentic outcome. Where possible, a creative approach is taken which allows work in more than one curriculum area to support and compliment another, leading to one significant outcome. Areas of study are relevant and build on previous learning, providing an increasing depth of understanding. Authentic outcomes are carefully considered to ensure that they promote the children’s best work; are relevant to the unit studied; and make the learning journey purposeful.
The Throckley OWLs (Our Wonderful Learners) encourage positive learning behaviours and support children in developing the skills that we believe are necessary for success in the wider world. Our OWLs have evolved from the action research we have conducted as a school on dialogic talk and self-regulation. At Throckley Primary School, we encourage children to actively plan, monitor and evaluate their own learning; through a focus on metacognition, children understand their own learning processes with increased confidence and resilience.
Inclusive to all learners, Throckley celebrates individuality and embraces difference. As a school community, we learn from each other and share experiences, thoughts and ideas in order to develop shared tolerance, acceptance and understanding. At the end of children’s time at Throckley Primary, we proudly say goodbye to confident and resilient individuals who are fully prepared for the next steps in their education, and who understand the difference they can make to their community.