Weaverham Forest Primary School

Curriculum statement

Intent

Our curriculum ensures learning is exciting, progressive and, above all, relevant to the needs of our children.

Big ideas

Humankind

Understanding what it means to be human and how human behaviour has shaped the world.

Processes

Understanding the many dynamic and physical processes that shape the world.

Creativity

Understanding the creative process and how everyday and exceptional creativity can shape the world.

Investigation

Understanding the importance of investigation and how this has led to significant change in the world.

Materials

Understanding the properties of all matter, living and non-living.

Nature

Understanding the complexities of the plant and animal species that inhabit the world.

Place and space

Understanding the visual, cultural, social, and environmental aspects of places around the world.

Comparison

Understanding how and why things are the same or different.

Significance

Understanding why significant people, places, events and inventions matter and how they have shaped the world.

Change

Understanding why and how things have changed over time.

Mission statement

Our Core Purpose A caring community encouraging children to become independent, lifelong learners.

Our Core Values • Working together

• Fulfilling potential

• Promote respect and happiness

• Success for all!

General principles

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• experience the challenge and enjoyment of learning
• develop new skills through a variety of interesting contexts
• develop and demonstrate their creativity
• understand the purpose and value of their learning and see its relevance to their past, present and future
• see clear links between different aspects of their learning
• develop a rich and deep subject knowledge
• learn within a coherent and progressive framework
• explore the breadth and depth of the national curriculum

Purpose

All pupils will secure firm foundations in English and Mathematics and this underpins a growing excellence in other subjects. By encouraging a growth mindset approach, our child-led and knowledge-based curriculum offers a broad range of subjects from Early Years through to Key Stage 2 (KS2). We believe in bringing learning to life, both indoors and out, with an emphasis on exciting and purposeful learning.

SMSC/FBV

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• Spiritual - Explore beliefs, experience and faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity and reflect on experiences
• Moral - Recognise right and wrong and respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues and offer reasoned views
• Social - Use a range of social skills to participate in the local community and beyond; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict
• Cultural - Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain’s parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity
• Individual liberty - Be free to express views or ideas
• Tolerance and respect - To respect and tolerate the opinions or behaviour of others
• Rule of law - Learn that all people and institutions are subject to and accountable for their actions and behaviour
• Democracy - Be part of a system where everyone plays an equal part

Purpose

At Weaverham Forest Primary School, we endeavor for our children to be reflective about their own beliefs. Children will develop respect and tolerance for other faiths, feelings and values. Through a growth mindset they will enjoy learning about themselves, others and the world. We strive for our children to be happy, reflective learners with good mental well-being. They will recognise right and wrong and understand consequences. Developing their social skills, children will understand their place and responsibilities in the community and the wider world. British values are woven throughout the curriculum, in parallel to understanding and celebrating other cultures and diversity. Our curriculum is supported by No Outsiders, My Happy Mind and Growth Mindset.

Well-being

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• develop self-esteem and confidence in their abilities
• recognise that people are good at different things
• reflect and think mindfully about their learning
• embrace mistakes and know how to learn from these
• build respectful friendships
• learn how to respect themselves and others
• work in a range of groups and settings

Purpose

We value our children's well-being at Weaverham Forest Primary School and strive to ensure they enjoy their time here. Through our extensive work on No Outsiders, Growth Mindset and My Happy Mind, the children learn a range of strategies to thrive in tomorrow's world. Should it be required, all children have access to ELSA, providing support or guidance when needed. Children see the value in making mistakes not as set backs, but as a tool for learning, and this will prepare them for life beyond our care. We celebrate diversity and global values and respect children's rights.

Pupil voice

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• be reflective on their own and each other's work, by considering their strengths and achievements and areas for improvement
• make choices about things that are important to them
• say what they like and dislike about their learning
• express their opinions on a range of different topics and issues
• take part in age-appropriate discussions
• take part in democratic activities, e.g. School Council, Sports Leaders and across the curriculum
• make a positive contribution to the school and local community
• explore ways of becoming an active citizen
• be aware of the world around us through work on the Global Calendar

Purpose

We value pupil voice at Weaverham Forest Primary School. Children contribute to their learning by sharing their opinions through discussions and debates in class and with subject leaders. Our children are given opportunities to become global citizens and responsible members of the local community.

Pedagogy

Our curriculum will be taught through a pedagogy that:

• excites, promotes and sustains children’s interest
• enables and fosters children’s natural curiosity
• promotes problem solving, creativity and communication
• enables children to reflect on and evaluate their learning
• offers children memorable experiences

Purpose

Children at Weaverham Forest Primary School will experience a broad and balanced curriculum through a range of learning experiences and styles. We are developing independent learners by encouraging their natural curiosity and interests. We place an emphasis on the children becoming more resilient learners and having the confidence to challenge themselves.

Enrichment

We will enrich our curriculum by:

• welcoming parents and carers to take part in children’s learning and experiences
• using quality resources in and out of the classroom
• providing on and off-site subject or topic related activities
• developing partnerships with external providers that extend children’s opportunities for learning
• inviting guest speakers with differing expertise to share their knowledge and to inspire
• all children experiencing 3 residential stays
• engaging with the local community
• providing an opportunity to learn an additional language through specialist teaching
• offering opportunities for all children to learn outdoors and participate in our outdoor learning program
• giving pupils the chance to participate and represent the school in competitive sporting activities
• participating in a number of regional musical performances and productions to an audience
• offering opportunities to all pupils to learn a musical instrument
• holding specialist curriculum days or weeks
• continuing to develop our link with Kilimo Primary School in Kenya through reciprocal teacher visits and sharing of learning

Purpose

At Weaverham Forest, we believe that educating children should not just be restricted to inside the classroom. Children have access to a wide range of enrichment experiences throughout their time in school.

Entitlement

Pupil Group Educational visits (off-site) Educational visitors (on-site) Residential visits Outdoor learning (e.g. Forest Schools) Arts and culture Community and partnership learning Specialist curriculum days Allocated total budget
Year 1 2 sessions 3 sessions 5 sessions 2 sessions 3 sessions 7 sessions
Year 2 2 sessions 3 sessions 1 sessions 5 sessions 2 sessions 3 sessions 7 sessions
Year 3 2 sessions 3 sessions 5 sessions 2 sessions 3 sessions 7 sessions
Year 4 2 sessions 3 sessions 1 sessions 5 sessions 2 sessions 3 sessions 7 sessions
Year 5 2 sessions 4 sessions 5 sessions 2 sessions 3 sessions 7 sessions
Year 6 2 sessions 3 sessions 1 sessions 5 sessions 2 sessions 3 sessions 7 sessions
Totals 12 sessions 19 sessions 3 sessions 30 sessions 12 sessions 18 sessions 42 sessions £0.00