At Great Binfields Primary School, our curriculum is rooted in our mission statement: 'learning together' makes learning fun, 'achieving forever' where our school values of respect, aspire, honesty, cooperation, creativity and resilience all play a huge part in ensuring our children grow into successful citizens.
We have planned our curriculum with the intention of promoting learning and the personal development for all children. Our curriculum is knowledge rich, enquiry skills based and provides opportunities for children to develop as resilient, collaborative and confident learners, with high aspirations, who know how to make a positive contribution to their community and wider society. We want our children to produce exceptional outcomes whilst developing their curiosity and creativity. We want to produce collaborators, innovators, leaders and more than anything else, young people who understand what it means to be human.
The curriculum has been designed to ensure that academic success, as well as physical development, well-being and mental wellness are key elements that support the development of the whole child and promote a positive attitude to learning. It provides meaningful opportunities to promote children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and prepare children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
We strive for our curriculum to be innovative and inspiring – the kind of curriculum that challenges, excites and goes beyond what is expected because our GBP children deserve that!
We are committed to providing a personalised curriculum with the individual child at the heart of everything we do. Learning is carefully sequenced so that new knowledge and skills build on what has been taught and understood before. It recognises that children will be at different stages of their learning journey and ensures that curriculum planning is tailored to individual needs.
In addition to the curriculum taught in school and on the school grounds, our curriculum is enriched and enhanced by Forest Schools and our extra-curricular provision. We offer a variety of different clubs and activities, which encompasses the sports, arts, music, science and computing. Provision is varied across the year, taking into account the interests and needs of our children and suggestions from parents.
The curriculum taught during the day is enriched by our strong focus on values-led learning, enquiry skills and outdoor learning. It is also enriched by the many visits, both day and residential and the many visitors specially invited to widen our staff expertise, motivate and inspire our children to learn and achieve. Special curriculum days and themed weeks provide the final enhancements to the way we deliver the national curriculum to meet the needs of our children.
At Great Binfields we seek to ensure the crucial deepening of essential knowledge, skills and understanding through our curriculum design. We plan and organise our curriculum to ensure that children are not merely covering curriculum content but are achieving a depth to their learning which enables them to apply their skills and understanding across a range of contexts and subjects. Our school has developed progression documents, derived from the outcomes, skills and knowledge we expect children to gain through our personalised knowledge and enquiry/reasoning skills based curriculum. Teachers use these documents to strategically plan and assess children’s learning throughout the academic year against age related expectations. Parents continue to receive termly reports about the achievement and progress made by their child against the end of stage expectations of the National Curriculum.
We take great pride to ensure that our children are motivated, nurtured, supported and challenged in all aspects of their learning journey. This is seen through our school values, life and enquiry skills, residential and non-residential school trips, community involvement, participation in local and national competitions and the delivery of exciting lessons that take place in and outside of the classroom. We ensure that children develop a love and awe for nature and the outdoors by using our school grounds and resources as well as feeling inspired by the interactive learning environment provided for them within the school building.
The needs and opportunities of experiences for every child is at the root of the Great Binfields Primary School and this is why children leave our school fully prepared to branch out and continue their journey of learning.
It is through our long term plans and first quality teaching that we see our children grow from little acorns to great oaks.
Our well-planned and organised curriculum will: