Statement of Curriculum Intent

Our vision, 'We are a small family with big, caring hearts, striving to be the best that we can be, treating each other with respect and, knowing God is always with us on our learning journey,' is integral to our statement of curriculum intent as we seek to develop each individual to their potential through a range of interwoven learning opportunities.

Although we are a small family, we appreciate the need to ensure our pupils experience working with larger and more diverse groups of people; shared concerts and other arts events, residential experiences and celebrating special events in the life of Britain are all integral parts of our learning experiences as we seek to develop British values. The curriculum celebrates the diversity and utilises the skills, knowledge and cultural wealth of the community while supporting the children's spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, ensuring that children are well-prepared for life in modern Britain. Our pupils will have quality opportunities to explore situations of injustice and inequality and will develop the confidence to stand up, speak out and challenge prejudicial behaviour and language.

Everyone in our community is recognised as a unique and special individual. We have a wholly inclusive approach, celebrate differences within our school and the wider community and ensure all are welcomed and treated with dignity and respect. To this end we have developed links with local schools and nurseries, churches and a dementia care group. In the wider community we have made links with schools in contrasting environments, faiths and cultures. Through the embedding of a Forest Schools approach, we root our learning experiences within and about our local environment, developing a love and respect for our natural world and a responsibility for its conservation and preservation for future generations. Pupils will develop the confidence and skills to enable them to express their own views and disagree with others, seek forgiveness and reconciliation. We use Learning Powers to promote positive attitudes to learning and build the skills needed to develop resilience, reflectiveness and responsibility for future learning and success.

At Braithwaite C of E Primary School our curriculum is designed to build a strong foundation of skills, knowledge, concepts and values which enable our children to become inquisitive, confident and independent lifelong learners. 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.