Generated on 1 Dec 2020

Lenham Primary School

Curriculum statement

Intent

The curriculum at Lenham Primary is designed to provide a broad and balanced education that meets the needs of all children. It provides opportunities for children to develop as independent, confident and successful learners, with high aspirations, who know how to make a positive contribution to their community and the wider society. The curriculum ensures that academic success, creativity and problem solving, reliability, responsibility and resilience, as well as physical development, well-being and mental health are key elements that support the development of the whole child and promote a positive attitude to learning. The curriculum celebrates the diversity and utilises the skills, knowledge and cultural wealth of the community while supporting the children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, ensuring that children are well prepared for life in modern Britain.

We believe our curriculum supports and reflects the school's values: Take PRIDE; Be Proud

Big ideas

Humankind

Understanding what it means to be human and how human behaviour has shaped the world.

Processes

Understanding the many dynamic and physical processes that shape the world.

Creativity

Understanding the creative process and how everyday and exceptional creativity can shape the world.

Investigation

Understanding the importance of investigation and how this has led to significant change in the world.

Materials

Understanding the properties of all matter, living and non-living.

Nature

Understanding the complexities of the plant and animal species that inhabit the world.

Place

Understanding the visual, cultural, social, and environmental aspects of places around the world.

Comparison

Understanding how and why things are the same or different.

Significance

Understanding why significant people, places, events and inventions matter and how they have shaped the world.

Change

Understanding why and how things have changed over time.

General principles

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• develop and demonstrate their creativity
• experience the challenge and enjoyment of learning
• develop new skills through a variety of interesting contexts
• understand the purpose and value of their learning and see its relevance to their past, present and future
• explore the breadth and depth of the national curriculum

SMSC/FBV

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• Spiritual - Explore beliefs, experience and faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity and reflect on experiences
• Moral - Recognise right and wrong and respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues and offer reasoned views
• Social - Use a range of social skills to participate in the local community and beyond; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict
• Cultural - Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain’s parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity
• Democracy - Be part of a system where everyone plays an equal part
• Individual liberty - Be free to express views or ideas
• Tolerance and respect - To respect and tolerate the opinions or behaviour of others

Well-being

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• reflect and think mindfully about their learning
• learn in a peaceful and supportive environment
• develop self-esteem and confidence in their abilities
• follow their own interests and be themselves
• learn how to respect themselves and others
• work in a range of groups and settings
• recognise that people are good at different things
• build respectful friendships

Pupil voice

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• explore ways of becoming an active citizen
• express their opinions on a range of different topics and issues
• make a positive contribution to the school and local community
• make choices about things that are important to them

Pedagogy

Our curriculum will be taught through a pedagogy that:

• excites, promotes and sustains children’s interest
• enables and fosters children’s natural curiosity
• promotes problem solving, creativity and communication

Enrichment

We will enrich our curriculum by:

• providing on and off-site subject or topic related activities
• offering opportunities for children to learn outdoors
• welcoming parents and carers to take part in children’s learning and experiences