Curriculum Intent Statement
At Hackbridge Primary School our purpose is to provide a caring learning environment with high standards and expectations, where children grow into responsible, resilient, independent learners. Our school ethos is embedded in our values: Kindness, Inspiration, Nurture and Determination.
Our curriculum is designed to teach the children the skills and knowledge that they need to achieve at primary school and prepare them for their later education at secondary school.
Teachers work to enable pupils to achieve, regardless of learning needs, disability, religion, gender, culture or social background. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, as well mental health and well-being, are prioritised to ensure children have concern for others and an appreciation of diversity.
We are committed to working with our families and the wider local community to ensure that multi-cultural, multi faith and the ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom is understood and valued. We promote the importance of identifying and combating discrimination and to understand that we all have the freedom to choose and hold different faiths and beliefs.
Our curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the children in our school. In order to fulfil the curriculum to the best of our ability we use the Cornerstones curriculum to deliver learning in interesting and engaging ways.
Getting the children excited about new learning is the first step of any new programme of study. Activities are planned which set the scene and provide the context for future learning. The children are asked questions which spark their curiosity and which they work to answer by the end of the topic.
Throughout the unit of learning, the children explore themes, concepts and subjects in greater depth. They are given the opportunity to gain new skills and knowledge through a range of challenging activities and lessons, thus enabling them to make progress and develop their confidence across a range of subjects.
Finally, in the ‘express’ stage, children reflect on their learning through talk and opportunities for shared evaluation. Children are given the opportunity to explain their learning in different ways and identify next steps. Parents and carers play a shared role at this stage, often being invited into the school to share the children’s learning. The children are confident and able to articulate and reflect on their learning positively.
We use ongoing, rigorous monitoring throughout the year to gauge the impact of our curriculum design. Progress and attainment are measured through the analysis of children’s application of skills across the curriculum.
Outcomes of pupil interviews, book scans and learning walks evidence that children become resilient learners who are able to talk about their learning and next steps. As they learn and grow during their time in our school, they develop their aspirations for their own future, supported by the experiences, activities and opportunities that they are presented with.
Children leave Hackbridge ready for the next chapter of their education. They leave with fond memories and proud achievements together with the confidence and skills needed to be lifelong learners.
Date written: September 2020