UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS of the CHILD
ARTICLE 28 Every child has the right to an education. Discipline in school should respect children’s dignity. Young people should be encouraged to reach the highest level of education of which they are capable.
ARTICLE 29 Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures, and the environment.
I KEEP six honest serving-men,
They taught me all I knew;
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who…
Severnbanks Primary School Curiosity Curriculum celebrates the uniqueness of the whole child and is based on the six question words of: What, Why, When, How, Where and Who.
At its core are the National Curriculum, Rights Respecting School Ethos, Thinking Skills, P4C, British Values and global citizenship in order to nurture every child in all dimensions of their life - cognitive, spriritual, moral, social, emotional, imaginative and physical.
We use questions to encourage pupils to develop an enquiring mind and heighten their curiosity in order to promote a love of learning. Through our cross curricular and text enhanced approach we seek to enable our pupils to move from the known to the unknown through connecting their learning experiences to previous knowledge and to the world around them.
In our rapidly changing society we need to equip our pupils with the knowledge and skills that will serve them not only in their school lives but also into adulthood: subject knowledge, communication and listening skills, self-esteem and confidence, managing emotions and developing the ability to learn and to think critically.
Our curriculum is enriched with a variety of first-hand experiences that actively engages our pupils both within the school environment and outside the classroom. These experiences add to the relevance and effectiveness of learning.
Language has a vital role to play in pupil development helping them to add new vocabulary, acquire new knowledge and concepts as well as clarifying and interpreting experiences. The use of talk and discussion are central to our pupils learning in all subject areas. We use a variety to strategies to develop and enhance our pupils language including Primary Talk, Talk Boost and Philosophy for Children.
Our aim is to ensure that pupils are prepared for, and have an appreciation of Life in Modern Britain through introducing and discussing British Values.
These Values are:
- Mutual Respect and the Tolerance of those with different faiths and Beliefs.
- Rule of Law.
- Individual Liberty.
We believe that children learn best when there is consistency and continuity in our approach to teaching and learning.
We teach for progress which means that we work to ensure that all pupils are improving their skills, knowledge and understanding across all lessons and activities.
Teachers provide a broad and balanced curriculum, which develops the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for future learning.
They contribute to the development of our school ethos by:
- Providing a calm, supportive and effective learning environment at all times, in which each child can achieve their maximum potential
- Providing meaningful, purposeful tasks, taken from the National Curriculum programmes of study and the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.
- Providing a welcoming environment, in which good manners, kindness and mutual respect are fostered.
- Valuing and celebrating pupils’ success and achievements.
- Providing a safe environment where mistakes are valued are learnt from.
- Providing positive role models
- Providing a range of teaching styles that suit a range of learning preferences and linking learning to the bigger picture.
- Leading learning through a text led curriculum using cross curricular links wherever possible.
- Developing links with our local and wider community.
In accordance with the school’s Equality, SEND and Inclusion Policies, all children at Severnbanks Primary School will be given full access to the Early Years Foundation Stage and National Curriculum.
Staff will endeavour to help all children to reach their full potential irrespective of race, physical ability, gender, age or learning ability.
Our Vision : - Where Stars Shine
S= Successful Learners
A = Aspire and Achieve
R = Rights Respecting and Responsibilities
What are our Curriculum Drivers?
Alongside teaching the requirements of the national curriculum, key drivers have been identified. We have prioritised the key skills and aspirations we want our children to experience and develop during their time with us. We use these 'drivers' to underpin the learning and experiences we undertake in all areas of school life and to ensure our curriculum offer is enriched.
These key drivers are personal to our school and reflect the social and educational needs of our local area.
The following key drivers underpin our learning and are developed through the school. Our four key drivers for our school curriculum are:
Resilience: Successful learners / Rights and responsibilities
Resilience means having the skills and resources to deal with challenges and barriers. Resilience is a measure of how much you want something and how much you are willing, and able, to overcome obstacles to get it. It has to do with your emotional strength.
Our children will develop the emotional and physical security needed to become resilient individuals who are able to take risks and deal with different challenges across the curriculum and in the wider world by thinking positively and having the confidence to ‘have a go’.
Enquiry/ Curiosity Successful learners / Teamwork
Enquiry and curiosity means eager to learn or know and being confident to ask for information.
We desire for children to be curious about the world around them and ask questions. We encourage the children to be inquisitive and questioning through their learning and school life experiences.
This approach to learning enables inquisitive thinking such as exploration, investigation, and learning and nurtures problems solvers.
Aspiration and Ambition: Aspire and achieve
Aspiration is the hope, desire or ambition to strive to achieve something. To be the best they can possibly be and to challenge themselves as a learner. The development of aspirations encourages children to produce work of high quality, take pride in themselves and be the very best that they can be.
Independence: To Shine/ Team work/ Rights and Responsibilities
Independence is the ability the ability to live your life to the full, confidently and to be self-sufficient. Children will develop the life skills necessary to work with growing independence and perseverance to become resourceful problem-solvers able to nurture aspirations for the future. We aim to promote our young people’s independence and develop a commitment to learning and self-improvement, both inside and outside of the school environment.
We will give our young people opportunities to organise themselves, show personal responsibility, initiative, creativity and enterprise. This also include working as part of a team as they need to recognise that individuals have their own strengths and everyone brings theirs to the team.
We will nurture our young people’s awareness that actions have consequences, and to make choices based on this awareness, understanding that they have ownership of their actions.
We will give our young people opportunities to develop their self-help skills, to self-manage, to problem solve and to engage in activities with increasing independence.
For more information on what your child is learning please take a look at the individual
If you require any further information regarding the curriculum for your child please speak to your child's class teacher; SENDCo Mrs S Howell or Headteacher Mrs S Poole.