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Princes Risborough Primary School

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Curriculum

'Teaching children is an accomplishment; getting children excited about learning is an achievement'. Robert John Meehan

 

At Princes Risborough Primary School the curriculum is designed to: recognise children’s prior learning, provide real life and first hand learning experiences, allow the children to develop interpersonal skills, build Growth Mindset and resilience and become reflective, creative, and critical thinkers.

We celebrate and positively welcome differences within our school community. Every child is recognised as a unique individual. The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values. We constantly strive to provide enrichment opportunities to engage the children in their learning and we believe that childhood should be a happy, investigative and inquisitive time in our lives where there are no limits to curiosity and there is a thirst for new experiences and knowledge. We teach Growth Mindset both through discrete lessons and throughout subject areas to develop the children’s perseverance skills and to emphasise the importance of learning through our mistakes.

We believe that community involvement is an essential part of our curriculum as we celebrate local traditions, learning new skills to enable the children to take an active role in events throughout the year.

Children leave Princes Risborough Primary School with a sense of belonging to a tightly knit community where they have the confidence and skills to make decisions, self-evaluate, make connections and become lifelong learners.

 

If you wish to discuss the curriculum in more detail or have any questions regarding this area, please contact:

Mrs Amy Howlett, Headteacher

Tel: 01844 345251

Email: office@prpglt.co.uk

 

Curriculum Intent

At Princes Risborough Primary School, we offer an exciting and motivating curriculum that enables our children to develop many skills and talents. Curiosity is welcomed, questions are encouraged and an excitement about learning is nurtured. Our vibrant and stimulating curriculum is thematic and places reading and high-quality texts at the heart of learning. We strongly believe that this approach provides a wide array of learning opportunities and inspires a love of learning in all of our children.

 

At Princes Risborough Primary School, our curriculum places the learning journey of ALL pupils at the very heart of everything we do and this is based on our core values of Perseverance, Respect, Possibilities and Sharing as well as our Great Learner’s Trust academy values of Truth, Love, Faith, Courage, Respect and Community. We expect great things for all of our pupils and the Trust motto of ‘Believe and Achieve’ reflects our determination in this.

 

Our curriculum is knowledge rich and skills based. Our priority is to give our children the opportunity to study areas of the curriculum in greater depth and to make links within their learning so that they are able to demonstrate and apply what they know to new and existing concepts. Our curriculum develops children’s moral, spiritual, social and cultural understanding and we ensure that our pupils are well prepared for life in modern Britain. We encourage children’s aspirations, highlighting what is possible for their futures, and the strength of our curriculum supports this.

 

Our curriculum is carefully planned to provide rich, real life experiences and purposeful learning for all of our children. This allows our pupils to develop their self-confidence, creativity and skills to prepare them for a world beyond school. Our curriculum recognises and builds upon children’s prior learning and is designed to ensure that children’s skills and understanding are extended and built upon each year.

 

Our curriculum places a strong focus on oracy and developing our pupils’ speech, language and communication skills. This allows our children to articulate their learning and understanding and to apply skills and knowledge confidently in many different contexts.

 

Both physical and mental wellbeing are prioritised within our curriculum and our pupils have a strong understanding of spiritual, moral, social and cultural concepts. It is our duty to promote equality through our curriculum and to ensure that disadvantage is addressed and that this gap continues to close.

 

Our curriculum encourages life-long learners and responsible citizens. Our growth mindset approach to learning allows our children to understand the learning process and to develop their resilience. We want our children to have exceptional outcomes whilst at the same time nurturing their independence, curiosity and creativity. We want to grow our pupils into future collaborators, innovators and leaders. Ultimately our pupils will move on to their next learning journey as wellrounded, confident and inquisitive individuals, above all else understanding what it means to be human.

Curriculum Implementation

Our curriculum is carefully planned and designed to ensure smooth transitions between all phases and year groups and with a clear focus on our pupils being secondary school ready as they move into Key Stage 3.

 

We use the Primary National Curriculum as a starting point for all subjects and ensure that we have progression and coverage across all year groups. Outcomes are designed to meet the requirements of the Primary National Curriculum but also to develop the skills needed for learning and for life in general. Our curriculum is designed so that the subject specific skills are scaffolded within a cross-curricular project each term.  These projects are designed with an authentic outcome in mind, working towards a final project, show or community event. Pupils are provided with high-quality lessons and experiences which both stretch and challenge pupils, as well as deepening their learning further. High-quality visits and visitors are also well designed to enhance and enrich the curriculum offer.

 

Each subject has a clear curriculum statement which sits alongside long- and medium-term planning that outlines key objectives. Short term planning is evaluated and adapted regularly to ensure we are meeting the needs of all pupils.

 

The design of our curriculum ensures that the needs of individual pupils and small groups of children can be met within the environment of high-quality teaching and this is supported by specific and targeted interventions where appropriate. Enjoyment of the curriculum promotes independence, confidence and positive learning behaviours.

 

The curriculum is implemented through our structured weekly timetable. Expectations for daily core lessons in Maths and English are set out in the weekly timetable along with additional lessons for daily whole class guided reading, daily class novel time and daily Maths fluency sessions. The weekly timetable also places a strong emphasis on non-core subjects such as topic (which incorporates the knowledge and skills of history, geography and art through a thematic approach) and subjects such as science. 

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