Curriculum Intent 2020
Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:-
- Develop and demonstrate their learning through enjoyable, creative and challenging experiences, developing a rich and deep subject knowledge. Children will understand the purpose and value of their learning and see its relevance to their lives, making clear links between different aspects of their learning, whilst exploring the depth of the Creative Curriculum. Children, staff and governors will have a sense of being part of the local and wider community.
- Develop self-esteem and confidence in their abilities with opportunities to think about their learning. Build meaningful friendships which encourage respect in themselves and others, whilst accepting that we are all god at different things. School will be a safe environment where children can make mistakes.
- Make a positive contribution to the school and local community, becoming good citizens, expressing their opinions on a range of different topics and taking responsibility for their own learning and decision making. Governors will proactively engage with pupils to hear and respond to their voice and opinions.
Pedagogy- how we do it
Our curriculum will be taught through a pedagogy that:-
- Enables and fosters children’s natural curiosity in order to excite, promote and sustain children’s interest, offering all children memorable experiences, promoting problem solving, creativity and effective communication.
We will enrich our curriculum by:-
- Providing topic related activities both in and out of school, including enhanced topic days, outdoor learning and enterprise opportunities, inspiring and motivating children to learn
- Parents, carers and governors will be welcome to take part in children’s learning experiences, sharing expertise wherever possible.
We use the Cornerstones Curriculum which covers the foundation subjects of History, Geography, Science, music , P.E. , DT and PSHE. The curriculum offers exciting themes for study for each year group throughout the year on a two year cycle. We base our work on such themes as ” Darwin’s Delight,” “Dinosaur Planet,” “Towers, Tunnels and Turrets,” “Why Can’t I Have Chocolate for Breakfast?” and “Tremors.”
We encourage visits and visitors into school to enhance learning opportunities and plan for real life relevant experiences. Parental support is encouraged throughout the thematic work and parents can often visit school to share their skills with the children.
Keelham Primary School – Our Geography Curriculum
Intent, implementation and Impact
At Keelham we shape our geography curriculum to ensure it is fully inclusive to every child. Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for Geography; providing a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum; ensuring the progressive development of geographical concepts, knowledge and skills; and for the children to develop a love for geography.
We aim for a high quality geography curriculum which should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. Our teaching equips pupils with knowledge about places and people; resources in the environment; physical and human processes; formation and use of landscapes. We also want children to develop geographical skills: collecting and analysing data; using maps, globes, aerial photographs and digital mapping to name and identify countries, continents and oceans; and communicating information in a variety of ways. We want children to enjoy and love learning about geography by gaining this knowledge and skills, not just through experiences in the classroom, but also with the use of fieldwork and educational visits.
In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in geography, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Geography is taught as part of the Cornerstones schemes of work, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum.
The impact and measure of this is to ensure that children at Keelham Primary School are equipped with geographical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world.
We want the children to have thoroughly enjoyed learning about geography, therefore encouraging them to undertake new life experiences now and in the future.
Keelham Primary School – Our History Curriculum
Intent, Implementation and Impact
At Keelham we shape our history curriculum to ensure it is fully inclusive to every child. Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for History; deliver a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum that encompasses the British Values throughout; ensure the progressive development of historical concepts, knowledge and skills; and for the children to study life in the past and realise how it impacts their present and future.
We aim for a high quality history curriculum, which should ignite in children, a curiosity and fascination about Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Our teaching equips pupils with knowledge about the history of Britain and how it has influenced and been influenced by the wider world; know and understand about significant and influential ancient civilisations and empires; changes in living memory and beyond living memory; learn about the lives of significant people of the past; understand the methods of historical enquiry and be able to ask and answer questions. We want children to enjoy and love learning about history by gaining these knowledge and skills, not just through experiences in the classroom, but also with the use of fieldwork and educational visits.
In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in history, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. History is taught as part of our Cornerstones topics, on a two-year rolling program, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum. Through History, we want to enable all children to gain ‘real-life’ experiences. For example, using the local area of Thornton to look at how buildings and life has changed in Key Stage 1, to comparing the similarities and differences in environments and communities in Lower Key Stage 2, through to looking at an in depth study of the locality in Upper Key Stage 2.
The promotion of a language-rich History curriculum is also essential to the successful acquisition of knowledge and understanding in history. On occasions, children may well be asked to research historical aspects of their learning independently. This allows the children to have ownership over their curriculum and lead their own learning in history.
The impact and measure of this is to ensure that children at Keelham are equipped with historical skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world.
As Historians, we want the children to have thoroughly enjoyed learning about history, therefore encouraging them to undertake new life experiences now and in the future. Ultimately, children will know more, remember more and understand more about History.