Our curriculum provides a broad range of experiences for our pupils:
At Owler Brook Primary School, careful analysis and discussion about our pupils backgrounds, life experiences and culture has helped us to design a curriculum with three key priorities underpinning every subject area.
We firmly believe that focussing on the following key priorities our children will be ready to successfully meet the challenges of the next stage or their education and their lives.
Our curriculum priorities are:
Aspirations – we aim to provide experiences which show children the wide range of possibilities available for their future
Equality – we aim to provide experiences to enable our children to reach their full potential without prejudice or discrimination
Global Citizenship – we aim to provide experiences which teach our children to be responsible citizens both locally and globally in the 21st century
We have designed and planned out curriculum to offer a range of experiences which contribute to every child receiving a full and rich curriculum. The range of experiences we offer support and champion our culture and ensure that our children benefit from the full range of academic, spiritual, moral, social and cultural activities. These activities enrich their lives and those of our whole school community and make them proud of their British values and diverse society to which they belong and play and active part.
We are proud that our curriculum gives our children the skills of resilience, reciprocity, reflection and resourcefulness and able to lead a happy and fulfilled life by encouraging them to aim high and work hard towards their goals and aspirations.
Our curriculum provides appropriate balance:
At Owler Brook Primary School, it is our underlying belief that every child should feel valued and experience the feeling of success in a wide range of curriculum areas. We believe that through the curriculum we can impact on what is ion children’s heads and how they feel about themselves so that they feel confident and prepared to tackle any challenge they may face.
We have designed organised and planned our curriculum to ensure every child receives and appropriate mix of academic and personal development which means that in practice our curriculum places equal importance on core and foundation subjects.
At Owler Brook Primary Shool, we place high priority in ensuring children’s physical and mental wellbeing are met. We understand that children will not be successful learners unless they are emotionally secure. Therefore we carefully design the curriculum and adopt a flexible approach to timetabling to ensure that we can meet and respond to any issues that may arise. Children’s physical and mental wellbeing are as valued and important as academic development.
We carefully monitor children’s progress with their personal development and our well planned and thoughtful approach to SMSC helps to ensure that every child is well cared for and supported.
Our balanced approach to the curriculum is not at the expense of high standards in core subject areas. High standards and enabling children to reach national expectations and above is of vital importance if they are to succeed in the next stage of their education.
Our full, rich and unique curriculum with its excellent range of experiences ensures that every pupil at our school makes excellent progress both academically and personally.
Our curriculum is organised for depth of learning:
At Owler Brook Primary School, our definition of progress is;
The widening and deepening of essential knowledge, skills, understanding and learning behaviours.
We design, organise and plan our curriculum to ensure our children are not merely covering content but achieving a depth to their learning which enables them to use their skills and understanding in all areas of the curriculum.
Our careful curriculum design and planning means that we build in many opportunities for repetition and practice opportunities for knowledge skills and understanding in every subject. This ensures that children are able to revisit previous learning which allows them to gradually develop a deeper understanding of the skills and processes within subjects at their own pace and in the best possible way for each individual child.
Our curriculum is meticulously designed and planned to move the nature of children’s thinking to a higher order, deep level of understanding rather than just acquiring new facts and knowledge.
Our curriculum journey:
Since the introduction of the New Primary National Curriculum 2014, we have worked tirelessly to design, create and develop a curriculum that meets the needs of our children. The SLT have worked in collaboration with middle leaders, teachers and support staff to secure improvements in provision. Practitioners at The Owler Brook Primary School are incredibly reflective and each year evaluate impact, review and improve the curriculum.
To find out more about the curriculum our school is following please follow this link to the National Curriculum website.