'The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.'
At Princes Risborough Primary School we want to inspire children to be curious about the past and the world around them whilst developing their creative skills and knowledge. We strive to deliver a curriculum which teaches children to create thoughtful comparisons between civilisations, appreciate the diversity of societies and understand their local area and how this compares across the world. We strive to further the children’s geographical and historic knowledge, by developing their skills of enquiry, analysis, interpretation, problem solving and research. We also want to inspire pupils to develop an understanding of the history of arts whilst developing skills in this area. These combined experiences will enable children to succeed in these key areas and understand their identity both on a local and global level.
Through our topic curriculum and modelling by staff, we aspire for children to use a range of historical, geographical and artistic terminology and language in the correct contexts. We aim to ensure that topic is spoken of highly amongst all school stakeholders and that staff feel proficient in teaching all aspects of it. We also aim to challenge our pupils by providing opportunities to develop resilience, to work collaboratively and to reflect critically on their learning.
· Closely follow expectations set in the National Curriculum for history, geography, art and DT taught under the umbrella heading of topic which is taught once a week for two hours.
· Whole school skills and knowledge progression document used when planning to ensure correct coverage.
· Each year group has same termly focus (History in Autumn, taught chronologically, Geography in Spring and Art/ DT in Summer) but skills from each subject are re-visited in all topic areas.
· Skills from other subjects are also interweaved into topic sessions as a further opportunity to use knowledge and skills in a different context.
· Cold task and hot task in the form of a key question – children answer at the start with their prior knowledge and at the end with their new-found knowledge and skills.
· ‘WOW day’ at the start of a topic to immerse children into new topic and inspire and enthuse them about their new learning.
· Termly opportunities for a trip out /a visitor into school to enable learning to ‘come to life’.
· Authentic learning outcome at the end of the unit to give the children the opportunity to experience real outcomes to their work.
Children show both passion and enthusiasm for our Topic curriculum and make strong progress during their time with us. Our aim is for a high percentage of our children to achieve age related expectations across the Topic curriculum, with many achieving greater depth expectations due to their thirst for learning and depth of knowledge and understanding. Our carefully planned skills and progression document allows staff to feel more confident in the teaching of Topic and they gain a sense of ownership over the learning journey of a unit through the use of a hook, a key question and a meaningful, authentic outcome.