Curiosity Curriculum

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.

 

CURIOSITY CURRICULUM

 

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

Rudyard Kipling

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.

 

 

Curriculum Displays

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.

  • Democracy
  • 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.

 

Rights and Respect

We are a Rights Respecting School and this strengthens our teaching of British Values. 

All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts and lessons provide excellent opportunities to deepen and develop understanding. Pupils embrace these concepts with enthusiasm and demonstrate a good understanding of their application to their own lives.

The school makes considerable efforts to ensure pupils have exposure to a wide cultural capital experience beyond their local community; sporting events, educational visits, residential visits, international visits, theatre experiences, museums, visiting authors and speakers, workshops  and theatre groups.

 

Equal Opportunities:

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.

For more information on what your child is learning please take a look at the individual
class pages.