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Our Curriculum Intent

Our vision for an outstanding curriculum at Prince Bishops Primary School

Agreed 7th January 2019

 

When we design and review our curriculum, we look to answer; what do we teach and why? Our curriculum, therefore, needs to address our values, aims and purposes and we seek to meet the needs and interests of our children through a broad, balanced, relevant and engaging curriculum.

 

THE AIM

For children to leave Prince Bishops as happy, confident children who make a positive contribution to their local, national and international community and who are exceptionally well prepared for the next phase in their education.

 

VALUES AND PURPOSES

Education at Prince Bishops is a route to:

  • equality of opportunity
  • personal and social well being
  • valuing ourselves, our families and other relationships, the diversity in our society and the environment in which we live
  • a commitment to the virtues of truth, justice, honesty and trust
  • future economic well being
  • being prepared for economic, social, cultural and technological change

 

NEEDS

What we teach will reflect the following four priorities:

Basic Skills

In order for our children to have equality of opportunity, standards of Literacy, Numeracy and Computing  need to be in line with children nationally. Our children need to be able to communicate effectively and confidently with people from a range of backgrounds and work effectively with others.

Personal Development

Our children need a range of life experiences. They need to be able to solve problems, be resilient and able to adapt. They need to be aware of their strengths, be confident and have high self-esteem whilst also demonstrating empathy and kindness towards others. Children need to be physically fit and have a healthy lifestyle. Children need enthusiastic attitudes towards learning, a thirst for knowledge and creativity.

Social Development

Our children need to develop tolerance and have empathy for others. They need to value differences and demonstrate kindness. They need to be able to form healthy relationships and work effectively and productively in a team.

Knowledge

Underpinning basic skills, our children need to acquire knowledge of literature, mathematics, science and technology. Children also need to have knowledge and understanding of the world. This includes local, national and international knowledge of geography, history, art, culture and current affairs. Our children need to know about career options and know what they need to do to be successful in their ambitions.

 

When planning and assessing, teachers will ensure that:

  • the learning objectives of every unit of work will reflect our aim, values, purposes and needs of our children;
  • the context in which we teach these objectives will reflect the interests of the cohort and aim to provide exciting, engaging learning experiences;
  • the curriculum is adapted in response to local, national and international events;
  • they contribute when there is a whole school focus on a particular area of the curriculum in order to support a sense of common purpose;
  • achievement in literacy and numeracy is highly valued because we understand that, in our socio-economic context, children would not have equality of opportunity if they did not make rapid progress in their basic skills.
  • they are mindful that a high proportion of our children also have very limited experiences of the world in which they live. They will be committed, therefore, to the education of the whole child and we seek to provide them with experiences that will develop knowledge and understanding across a broad and balanced curriculum.
  • the curriculum is organised so that children are able to retain the acquired knowledge, skills and understanding in the long term.

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