Our Curriculum Offer
At Braithwaite CE Primary School, we believe in the concept of lifelong learning and the idea that both adults and children learn new things every day. We maintain that learning should be a rewarding and enjoyable experience for everyone; it should be fun and challenging. As a group of leaders and educators, we know what we are offering and why. We have carefully mapped out the key concepts, knowledge and skills that we expect the children to acquire at each stage of their learning, from EYFS to Year 6, in each subject in its own right. This careful sequencing allows the children’s initial, shallow understanding of a concept to be built upon and deepened, year on year, thereby ensuring we are Learning Together, Growing Together. This knowledge acquisition is ambitious and wide-ranging: we believe that it is our moral purpose as educators to ensure that every child has access to this rich knowledge of the world around them, both past and present, so that they can apply it in their futures.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development, as well as the promotion of British Values (Democracy, Rule of Law, Respect and Tolerance, Individual Liberty), are woven through our curriculum as well as being a focus of Collective Worship and wider school activities and experiences. With our Christian Values embedded throughout all aspects of school life, the curriculum ensures that physical development, well-being and mental health are key elements that support the development of the whole child and promote a positive attitude to learning. We have high expectations of all children, including those with SEND, and seek to identify barriers to learning, through careful assessment, and then to remove these barriers so that all children can access a broad and balanced curriculum.
Our approach to our curriculum and pedagogy is research-led which gives us confidence that our curriculum offer and implementation is effective.
‘The purpose of curriculum is to build up the content of long-term memory so that when students are asked to think, they are able to think in more powerful ways.’ (D. William, 2018)
‘A student with deep knowledge not only knows more but can see the links between what they know and how new learning connects to prior learning. In other words, they do not just understand part of something; they understand the whole.’ (D. Willingham, 2018)