SS Philip and James’ C of E VA Primary School is committed to providing a broad and balanced curriculum tailored to the individual needs of each pupil.
The central aims of our curriculum are to work in collaboration with families and the local community to provide opportunities for all pupils to learn and to achieve; and to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and prepare all pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.
Through a well-planned and organised curriculum, pupils are helped to:
- Gain an enjoyment of learning that will last a lifetime
- Develop essential English and Maths skills
- Develop the attitudes and skills to become independent learners
- Foster their creativity
- Develop enquiring minds
- Develop personal values, qualities and attitudes and be respectful of other people and their views and opinions
- Work co-operatively with others
The National Curriculum provides schools with a framework of what to teach so that children across schools acquire the same basic knowledge and understanding in a range of subjects.
The National Curriculum is just one element in the education of every child. There is time and space in the school day and in each week, term and year to range beyond the National Curriculum specifications. The National Curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting ans stimulating lessons to promote the development of children’s knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum.
Pupils of compulsory school age in community and foundation schools, including special schools, and in voluntary aided and voluntary controlled schools, must follow the National Curriculum. It is organised on the basis of four key stages and twelve subjects, classified in legal terms as ‘core’ and ‘other foundation’ subjects.
The curriculum at SS Philip and James’ C of E VA Primary School is centred around topic-based learning. Our curriculum develops children’s social and emotional skills and prepares them for life in 21st century Britain through teaching them about core values.
Key elements of the curriculum are:
- A ‘WOW’ day (eg. trip, visitor, workshop, activity) to engage all children with each new topic
- Opportunities for children to have an input into their learning
- The chance to compose, make, do, build, investigate, explore, collaborate and apply numeracy, reading and writing skills across the curriculum
- Opportunities for the application of skills, knowledge and understanding in real-life contexts
- The sharing and celebration of achievements (eg. assembly, play, display, museum) with classmates, parents/carers and the wider school community
Over the course of the year children across the school will also take part in a range of trips linked to their curriculum work and benefit from visitors coming into school. In addition, we hold theme days and weeks to enrich the curriculum such as CX Week, World Book Day or Science Week.
Each of our classes has its own curriculum overview and topic map, accessible from the respective class page: