Aveley Primary School

Curriculum statement

Intent

Our curriculum is based on a topic approach, sequenced and mapped coherently. It is enriched, relevant, engaging and innovative to inspire every child in their learning.

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 and space

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.

Mission statement

All members of Aveley Primary School ensure that our children achieve to the best of their ability. We will offer them good foundations so that they are ready for their next challenges in life. We foster enthusiasm through fun and interactive learning experiences with good and outstanding teaching.

General principles

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• see clear links between different aspects of our children's learning
• understand the purpose and value of their learning and see its relevance to their past, present and future
• experience the challenge and enjoyment of learning
• develop and demonstrate our children's creativity
• develop new skills through a variety of interesting contexts
• develop a rich and deep subject knowledge
• learn within a coherent and progressive framework
• explore the breadth and depth of the national curriculum
• have fun whilst learning

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
• Rule of law - Learn that all people and institutions are subject to and accountable for their actions and behaviour

Purpose

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is at the heart of what education is about and helps pupils grow and develop as people within our society.

Well-being

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• develop self-esteem and confidence in our children's abilities
• learn in a safe, peaceful and supportive environment
• learn how to respect themselves and others
• follow their own interests and be themselves
• reflect and think mindfully about their learning (and everything)
• recognise that people are good at different things
• work in a range of groups and settings (in class and across school)
• build respectful relationships

Purpose

Children are taught the values, behaviours and attitudes that will serve them well in life.

Pupil voice

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• make a positive contribution to the school and local community
• explore ways of becoming an active citizen
• say what they like and dislike about their learning
• take part in age-appropriate discussions
• make choices about things that are important to them
• contribute to planning their own learning
• take part in democratic activities across the curriculum
• express their opinions on a range of different topics and issues

Purpose

Children have a right to express an opinion and to be included in decisions that involve and affect them (Rights of the Child, UN Convention). Opportunities to contribute via pupil voice supports school to identify future priorities and make more informed decisions on wellbeing, learning experiences and the quality of teaching.

Pedagogy

Our curriculum will be taught through a pedagogy that:

• excites, promotes and sustains our interests
• promotes problem solving, creativity and communication
• enables and fosters children’s natural curiosity
• offers all children a memorable experience at the start of every topic (The HOOK)
• promotes innovation and entrepreneurialism
• enables children to reflect on and evaluate their learning

Enrichment

We will enrich our curriculum by:

• providing on and off-site subject or topic related activities
• developing partnerships with external providers that extend children’s opportunities for learning
• offering opportunities for children to learn outdoors
• holding specialist curriculum days or weeks
• welcoming parents and carers to take part in children’s learning and experiences
• using quality resources in and out of the classroom

Purpose

Our curriculum supports us to create a rich, diverse learning environment in which children are able to explore a broad range of interests relevant to themselves, our community and beyond.