At Flintham Primary School, we believe that the design of our curriculum ensures that:
- All our pupils receive a broad, balanced and rich curriculum
- Provides equal opportunities for all
- Is bespoke to the needs of our children
- Includes opportunities for enhanced experiences, including using the local area.
Our curriculum is designed to recognise and continually build upon our children’s prior learning, provide first-hand learning experiences, incorporate opportunities to revisit, allow the children to develop interpersonal skills, build resilience and become creative, critical thinkers. It also ensures that there is a much greater emphasis on the essential knowledge that children need in order to not only fully understand concepts, but also to enable them to apply the knowledge, offer informed explanations and make links and spot patterns. Our aim is to provide our children with the essential foundations for the next part of their educational journey and beyond.
Like all maintained schools in England, we follow the National Curriculum. This is our framework, but we do not limit our curriculum content to the knowledge, skills and concepts covered within it. We do not restrict the depth and breadth of our expectations and the children’s understanding, to ensure that all pupils appreciate there is no limit to their potential. This we believe, is achieved through our ever-evolving curriculum and the embedding of our Super Six Aims.
A crucial element of our curriculum is the use of knowledge organisers for Geography, History and Science. A knowledge organiser (KO) sets out the important, useful and powerful knowledge for a topic on a single page. Their purpose is to provide an organised foundation of the factual knowledge needed in a particular unit of work and facilitate our pupils being able to retrieve and apply this new knowledge. These are shared with the children and parents at the beginning of a topic. We also plan in spaced retrieval opportunities to transfer key learning from pupils’ short term to long term memory.
Every child at Flintham Primary School is recognised as a unique individual. We celebrate and welcome differences within our school community. The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values. We constantly provide enhancement opportunities to engage learning because childhood should be a happy, investigative and enquiring time in our lives where there are no limits to curiosity and there is a thirst for new experiences and knowledge. We use our Super Six Aims to promote positive attitudes to learning which reflect the values and skills needed to promote responsibility for learning and future success.
We plan opportunities for our children to know about keeping safe and we also plan and promote British Values. Nurture is an important part of our school values; our children are able to empathise with the feelings and actions of others; seeing points of view of and beliefs other than their own.
Community involvement is an essential part of our curriculum as we celebrate local traditions and make good use of local resources and people to enable the children to take an active role in events throughout the year.
Children leave our school with a sense of belonging to a tightly knit community where they have the confidence and skills to make decisions, self-evaluate, make connections and become lifelong learners.