Curriculum Intent Statement
At Perrymount Primary School, we aim to ensure that our children receive a school curriculum that is designed to broaden their horizons and extend the boundaries of their lives equipping pupils with the knowledge and cultural experiences they need to succeed. With this in mind, the design of our curriculum is driven by and constructed with the following goals in mind.
Alongside teaching the requirements of the National Curriculum, we want our curriculum to be:
- Enjoyable and Memorable
- Knowledge Centred – progressive and sequential
- Language Rich
- Values Driven
- Fully Inclusive
We use these ‘drivers’ to underpin the learning and experiences we undertake in all areas of school life and to ensure that our curriculum offer is enriched. These key drivers are personal to our school and reflect the social and educational needs of our local area. Through embedding these in our curriculum offer, we know that our pupils are well equipped with the knowledge, skills and aspiration they need to succeed throughout their lifetime.
Enjoyable and Memorable
At Perrymount we want our children’s learning experiences to be enjoyable and memorable. Although the National Curriculum provides and outlines core knowledge, we strive to develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of children’s knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum. These exciting and memorable learning experiences broaden their horizons and encourage them to tackle a new challenge and be fearless about (embarking on) what is new or unknown to them.
We want all of our children to aspire towards greatness. We want them to be ambitious and strive to achieve by being the best they possibly can and challenging themselves as learners. The development of ambition and aspiration encourages children to produce work of high quality, take pride in themselves and be the very best they can. Within this, we endeavour to build cultural capital by exposing our children to a variety of learning experiences, supporting the development of well-rounded, global citizens who appreciate and celebrate diversity.
We have developed our curriculum with staff to ensure that it is a carefully planned and sequenced scheme of work where there is progressive coverage of both skills and knowledge in all curriculum areas. Based on the National Curriculum, we ensure that children do not merely cover content but achieve a deeper understanding of their learning by building upon prior experiences, leading to an accumulation of skills and knowledge as they progress through the school.
Our curriculum reflects our understanding that vocabulary size is important for all children to be successful. It strengthens their ability to grasp ideas and think more logically. We ensure explicit teaching of subject-specific words and general academic words, which help the children, understand and make sense of what is being said in the classroom and beyond. We want children to be well equipped to be effective communicators who can speak with fluency and confidence. We also focus heavily on supporting and generating a love for reading. Reading is necessary for learning, so instilling a love of reading at an early age is the key that unlocks the door to lifelong learning and creates a head start on expanding vocabulary and building independence and self-confidence.
Our curriculum is underpinned by our school values within our PHSE lessons, weekly assemblies, celebrations and monthly themes. It creates a strong learning environment that enhances academic achievement and develops the children’s social and relationships skills, fostering lifelong behaviours that will allow them to be successful at each stage of their education and beyond. All of our values are modelled daily by our staff and children are encouraged to emulate these values and reflect on the daily choices they make.
Our curriculum is ambitious and inclusive. As a centre of excellence for inclusion, we actively seek to remove barriers to learning and participation that can hinder or exclude individuals, or groups of pupils, making equality of opportunity a reality for pupils. We make this a reality by supporting all children to achieve highly, challenging them at their level through the texts we use, activities we do, and the questions we ask.