The curriculum is all the planned activities that we organise in order to promote learning and personal growth and development. It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum 2014, but also the additional and extra-curricular activities that the school organises in order to enrich the experience of the children. We believe that children need to be engaged and enjoy their learning, so our curriculum is practical and as active as possible. Children need to become lifelong learners, and enjoy the wonders and mysteries of being a child.
Our Curriculum is not just about Knowledge or skills, but about discovery, of our world, the fascinating things that make it an amazing place. We want children to become good citizens, to become active members of the society in which they live. We aim to develop a deep sense of morality and responsibility. Children will learn this from the way they are treated and expected to behave. We aim to teach children how to grow into positive, responsible people, who can work and co-operate with others while developing knowledge and skills, so that they achieve their true potential and be the best they can. This includes learning how to keep themselves and others safe, how to spot signs of grooming and bullying, and how to deal with these, should they happen.
Our school curriculum is underpinned by the values that we hold dear at our school. The curriculum is the means by which the school achieves its objective of educating children in the knowledge, skills and understanding that they need in order to lead fulfilling lives. At the Heart of our Curriculum lie our Aims – encompassed in our quote ‘Building Foundations Together to Build a Brighter Future’. Through what and how we teach, through our relationships with the children and each other, we show children how to be considerate, respecting difference, to make informed judgements and be tolerant and understanding of all around them.
We value the way in which all children are unique, and our curriculum promotes respect for the views of each individual child, as well as for people of all cultures, beliefs and orientation. We value the spiritual and moral development of each person, as well as their intellectual and physical growth.
We value the importance of each person in our community. We organise our curriculum so that we promote co-operation and understanding between all members of our community.
Education influences and reflects the values of society, and the kind of society we want to be. It is important therefore, to recognise a set of common values and purposes that underpin the curriculum at Buxton Primary School and enable the school to achieve its aims.
We believe children learn better when they are excited and actively engaged; what excites children best is excellent teaching, which will challenge them and demonstrate what they are capable of achieving. When there is joy in what they are doing, they learn to love learning. The curriculum at Buxton reflects this.
We believe it is our job to bring out the best in people by providing an enjoyable, excitable learning environment. No child should be labelled as a failure and every child has something to offer. Every child should see their potential and believe they can achieve and meet their goals, and know that hard work and persistence is part of this.
Our goal in delivering the curriculum is to combine excellence in teaching with enjoyment of learning.
Please see our planning documents in conjunction with this statement – this details how the National Curriculum is organised and enhanced through the Key Stages and year groups. As a teaching team we have given much time and thought to our curriculum, how it is organised, how it is taught; explicitly and implicitly. Our Curriculum defines our priorities, our relationships, our aspirations – so our School!