curriculum aims and structure
At Salterlee Primary School we believe that a good curriculum should inspire and challenge children. It should encourage them to read, write, work together and share their love of learning with their families. It should deepen understanding by drawing links between different subjects and relate directly to the lives of all our children. We believe that a good curriculum nurtures confident, well-rounded, resilient individuals who respect the world around them and embody by British values.
To make sure our curriculum achieves these aims, we have carefully planned the following topics containing the structural elements described below.
PUT QUALITY LITERATURE AT THE HEART OF LEARNING
Our teachers have worked together to identify quality texts which support the learning in each topic. These texts provide additional depth to the content of each topic, encourage reading in all subjects and where appropriate model the genre of writing being taught.
For parents wishing to help deepen their children's learning at home, our teachers are able to recommend additional quality texts which parents can either buy or order from their local library to read at home. Although it might seem strange, we ask that parents do not buy copies of the quality texts used in school until after a topic has been completed. This is because pre-reading these can limit predictive discussions about them in school.
PROMOTE BRITISH VALUES
To help our children develop a clear sense of their own identities and what it means to be British, we identify ways in which we can embed British values in all subjects. The aim of this is that our pupils mature as well-balanced, confident, free-thinking individuals who are able to make a positive contribution to life in modern Britain.
PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES TO APPLY LEARNING FROM AND IN ENGLISH LESSONS
All our topics are used to provide a context for the children's English lessons. This helps to give a sense of purpose to lessons and makes sure that all children have deep background knowledge and understanding of the themes about which they are writing.
LINK THE LEARNING FROM DIFFERENT SUBJECTS
To develop a deeper understanding of the National Curriculum it is essential that links between different subjects are made clear to children. For this reason, where tangible opportunities subjects are linked within our topics.
FOCUS AROUND WHOLE-CLASS CHALLENGES
The ability to working and learn together are essential qualities which we aim to develop in all our pupils. To provide opportunities to do this all our topics contain a central class challenge which the children must work towards achieving.
PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM
As much as we love our school we can't ignore the fact that it's very small. Along with this we are surrounded by fantastic opportunities to learn different aspects of the curriculum outside of school. To make the most of these we identify outdoor and off-site learning opportunities during the planning phase of each topic.
To help make sure we can continue to do this generations of parents have supported the running of our mini-buses by participating in our '100 Club'. Click here to learn more.
PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES TO APPLY LEARNING FROM AND IN MATHS LESSONS
Opportunities to apply key skills and concepts from maths lessons are embedded into every topic.
PROVIDE INSPIRATIONAL EXPERIENCES
We believe that everything in the National Curriculum can be fascinating if presented in the right way, and utterly uninspiring if presented in the wrong way. To make sure that our topics ignite our children's passion to learn we identify opportunities to provide inspiration throughout each topic.
SHARE LEARNING WITH FAMILIES
Parents and staff at Salterlee are very much on the same side. We are all committed to helping our pupils achieve as much as they possibly can. To help parents deepen their children's learning our teachers identify opportunities to share pupil's learning with their families during the planning phase of each topic. Often this is done through end of topic assesemblies or through the use of the School Blog.
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR CURRICULUM
To learn more about our curriculum you are always welcome to speak to our class teachers either before or after school.
To help prepare for topics we regularly hold 'meet the teacher' sessions where the content of the up-coming learning will be shared.
Additionally our topics all have elements within them which are designed to share the learning with families. These are good opportunities to experience how subjects are taught at Salterlee.