The Intent behind our curriculum
Our curriculum is designed to help our children to ‘be the best they can be’. It teaches them to embrace the challenges life offers and to learn how to succeed, making positive choices about their lives and making contribution to the world they live in. It is broad and balanced, and focuses on personal development as well as academic achievement.
The Pennine Trust aims to innovate, include and inspire and this underpins our curriculum design. At the end of their primary school experience we want children to be prepared to move on to their next phase as confident, excited learners who embrace challenge and are more than capable of using any setbacks they experience as opportunities to learn, be it academically, personally or socially.
For our children to be able to learn effectively they need to have an understanding of the historical and contemporary culture of the United Kingdom. We aim to support their development of ‘cultural capital’ through their vocabulary, the choice of books they read, the curriculum topics taught and the experiences we give them. This will ensure that they are able to access, and build on, learning as they move from one phase of education to the next and have a real love of learning.
We promote equal opportunities for all of our pupils throughout our practice in line with the Equality Act 2010.
Learning in the classroom.
We have adopted a mastery approach to teaching using small steps progression with opportunities to deepen understanding. Our children are challenged to learn from misconceptions and mistakes as well as through success.
The curriculum is linked to the programmes of study in the 2014 National Curriculum and is taught as individual subjects. Topics within subjects are designed to be relevant to our children and to help them develop an understanding of the world they live in at a local, national and global level. We have worked to make sure that the learning in subjects builds across both a year and across a key stage. The skills and knowledge taught are designed to build progressively over time to deepen children’s understanding and love of subjects and to improve academic achievement. We believe this model will build children as independent lifelong learners.
Lord Street offers a wide range of opportunities beyond the classroom. These change regularly but include afters school clubs like the choir, our drama clubs and a range of sports clubs as well as dance. We even have a model making club in KS2. Children take part in the Shakespeare for Schools project and perform at the Burnley Mechanics as well as the SINGINGIN BLACKBURN. A range of different sports are offered including the summer term sailing! We have an active school council and children who take on responsibilities across school. We also take part in community engagement projects as well as fundraising for local, national and global charities. These are designed to enhance pupils’ learning experiences, form personal connections between pupils, their peers and their community, and teach skills essential for life after school.
The curriculum provides equal opportunities for all. PSHE, in line with DfE statutory guidance for Relationships, Sex and Health Education, underpins the ethos behind our curriculum. We believe that this benefits our pupils in the following ways:
- Learning how to lead safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
- Understanding failure as part of the journey to success
- Being rewarded for academic and personal successes
- Being supported with their next stages in education and feeling prepared for life after school
- Becoming responsible individuals who contribute to community living and the environment
- Achieving to the best of their ability
- Acquiring a wealth of knowledge and experience
- Becoming critical thinkers
- Finding a sense of belonging to the school and its community
- Learning how to cooperate with their peers and respect one another inside and outside the classroom.