Our Curriculum Aims
The Throckley Primary School Curriculum aims to:
- Provide a broad and balanced education for all pupils that’s coherently planned and sequenced towards cumulatively sufficient knowledge for skills and future learning and employment
- Enable pupils to develop knowledge, understand concepts and acquire skills, and be able to choose and apply these in relevant situations
- Support pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development in order for them to know how to contribute positively to society
- Promote the learning and development of our youngest children and ensure they are ready for Key Stage 1
- Promote the learning and development of pupils in Key Stage 2 to ensure they are ready for their transition to secondary school
- Support pupils’ physical development and responsibility for their own health, and enable them to be active
- Promote a positive attitude towards learning
- Ensure equal access to learning for all pupils, with high expectations for every pupil and appropriate levels of challenge and support
- Support pupils in developing their future aspirations
- Equip pupils with the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life
Our Curriculum Promise
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, 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.
Our Curriculum Drivers
Everything begins with our curriculum drivers. Our fundamental aims centre on the idea that every child has the right to understand their place in the world, have their horizons broadened and should aspire to achieve their best, having been shown that there is a world of possibility awaiting them, outside of the school gates. We believe it is our responsibility to enthuse children and encourage a love of learning that will continue into secondary school and beyond. A shared love of literature throughout school sits alongside our curriculum drivers and underpins all that we do.
Our Key Concepts
Learning at Throckley Primary School is sequential. In each curriculum subject, areas of study have been carefully mapped to ensure that children leave primary school with a strong hinterland of knowledge which fully prepares them for their next steps in education. At each stage, learning is consolidated and extended, meaning new learning builds on what has gone before. Woven through all area of study are our three key concepts: belonging, choice and influence. These concepts are unpicked and explored through different areas of study, meaning that learning is purposeful and adds to and develops children’s existing schema. As children move up the school, our key concepts are explored in greater depth, with related concepts, such as the examples below, explored.
We believe that one of the ways in which children learn best is through the power of storytelling. When these stories relate to significant people, who have had an impact on the world around us, we believe that learning is more memorable and meaningful. Significant people have been woven through each area of our curriculum. These include people of local, national and international significance. At Throckley Primary School, we are proud of our local heritage, therefore people of local interest are studied and celebrated. The study of significant individuals brings life to our learning, meaning children are more likely to recall key facts.
Stories are woven through our curriculum, through the studying of key texts in English lessons; the shared experience of daily story time; and the use of texts to support learning in all curriculum subjects. For each subject area, leaders have sourced specific texts to support learning, meaning all subject areas are supported by key stories.
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. 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 very purposeful.
Our Wonderful Learners
Our OWLs encourage positive learning behaviours and support children in developing the thinking skills that we believe are necessary for success in the wider world. In addition, they support the work we have done as a school on effective group talk. 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 increasing confidence.
The Throckley Primary School OWLs are embedded through the curriculum from Nursery through to Year 6. As children develop, they are encouraged to consider which learning behaviour would help them to be successful in a given task. OWLs are used to support and extend children’s thinking skills – they can be found in classroom environments, in children’s books and on learning resources.
Fundamental British Values
The term ‘British Values’ consists of key themes:
- Rule of Law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual Respect
These underpin what it means to be a citizen in a modern and diverse Britain. They allow us to create environments free from discrimination, intolerance and hate. They help us to challenge prejudice and stereotyping, whilst strengthening relationships within the community. At Throckley Primary School, we pride ourselves upon the fact that Fundamental British Values are an integral part of our planning process. This happens not only within the curriculum, but also within the wider environment and school processes. From Early Years through to Year 6, we seek to integrate these values through all that we do: through relevant experiences, such as story voting, to respecting equipment, others and ourselves. Our daily dashboards from Reception to Year 6 also allow class teachers to share key events of local, national and international interest and discuss the impact that they have on wider society. Children's understanding of British values are further consolidated through initiatives and activities to ensure that all of our learners have the best start towards learning how to be a well-rounded citizen.