Curriculum Aims at Backworth Park Primary School
At Backworth Park Primary School, teaching and learning ensures that children make rapid progress in all subject areas, gaining a solid understanding and application of all National Curriculum objectives.
Our curriculum is knowledge-led; it focuses on the development of pupils' long-term memory for fluency, which in turn, develops pupils' application of skills as pupils expand their substantive and disciplinary knowledge.
We aim to address a poverty of vocabulary and to instil a deep and curious understanding of language, through which children not only gain the ability to better understand the breadth of topics we teach them, but also the skills to read widely, make links between areas of learning, develop their own knowledge-bases and worldviews, and express their ideas clearly.
We believe that high-quality texts open the door to new worlds and ideas for children and we use these throughout the curriculum.
Our curriculum aims to inspire a lifelong love of learning through engaging themes and topics which stimulate and challenge children. We aim to encourage pupils to build links between their learning, their individual interests and talents and their aspirations for future careers.
Curriculum leaders are clear on the ‘invaluable knowledge’ that they want their pupils to know: these form the basis of long-term planning for progression and include the ‘big ideas’ in subjects.
Our core personal development values of Respect, Responsibility and Resilience aim to develop pupils’ character to engage fully in their learning.
Our EYFS provision aims to equip all pupils in our care with the rich language vocabulary, knowledge, skills, attitudes and experiences necessary to be school ready and achieve a good level of development.
Children experience all areas of learning through a play based and engaging curriculum linked to core texts. Direct teaching is used effectively to develop basic skills in reading, writing and maths and to ensure children are ready for the next stage of their education.
At Backworth Park Primary School, we believe that literacy and communication are key life skills and that it is our role, through the English curriculum, to help children develop the skills and knowledge that will enable them to communicate effectively and creatively with the world at large, through spoken and written language. Through a love of reading that is embedded within our school, we strive to help children to enjoy and appreciate literature and its rich variety.
Aims and Objectives:
As a school, we aim to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping children with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading both across the curriculum and at home. As a school, we aim to ensure that all pupils:
- read easily, fluently and with good understanding;
- develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information;
- acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language;
- appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage;
- write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences;
- use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas; and
- are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
English Overview and Policy
Our Reading provision aims to equip pupils with the skills and knowledge necessary to read fluently and confidently while developing a love of reading that allows pupils to draw on knowledge of the world around them.
Backworth Park Primary School uses Read, Write, Inc to deliver the teaching and learning of phonics. A systematic approach to targeted Phonic Phase teaching supports the children’s acquisition of core words and vocabulary and teaches them to blend and segment to read and spell words. Children in Key Stage Two use Accelerated Reader, which develops comprehension, as well as Reading Plus, which develops fluency in reading and other reading schemes such as PM Benchmarking to complement our reading programme.
Our Writing provision aims to equip pupils with the skills and knowledge necessary to become confident writers who can form, articulate and communicate their ideas effectively.
In Backworth Park Primary School we follow the statutory guidance from the National Primary Curriculum for Mathematics.
Our maths provision aims to create a culture of high achievement in maths which leads to confident children who master the key concepts of fluency of calculation, logical reasoning and problem solving. We use the Big Maths Programme to support learning and track progress.
Why have we chosen to use Big Maths?
Clear progression across year groups
Objectives are matched to the National Curriculum
Improve mental maths skills and wider maths skills across school
Common vocabulary and methods are taught throughout school
Insists on every child learning and making progress
Clearly defined end points
The School has a curriculum policy which sets out how maths is taught and assessed throughout the school. The whole school also follows a calculation methods policy for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division which sets out the small steps used to teach each skill. These are available below.
Assessment at Backworth Park Primary School
Assessment is an on-going process throughout a child's school life, combining both teacher assessment of a child's skills and test outcomes at appropriate key points. Assessment is a part of every day classroom activities, where learning intentions are shared with children within lessons.
In the Summer Term, Year 1 children are assessed on the Phonic Screening Check to determine whether they have met the expected standard.
Year 2 and Year 6 children sit externally-set written SAT tests in Reading, Mathematics and Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (GPaS). Writing and Science are teacher assessed. Year 2 tests are internally marked and Year 6 papers are sent away for external marking. Marks are converted into Scaled Scores, with 100 being the expected standard to attain.
At the end of Reception, children's development continues to be assessed against the Early Years Foundation Stage descriptors and outcomes across 17 areas of learning.
Children in Years 2 and 6 also sit the National Curriculum SAT Tests towards the end of the academic year. Please follow this link for further information.
Our Science curriculum ensures all children leave the school with a secure foundation of scientific knowledge and practical skills. This understanding will help to ensure all children have the ability to be successful in any potential future learning and employment in the scientific field.
Our computing curriculum recognises that pupils are living in a rapidly changing world, in which computing is playing an ever-increasing role. We aim, therefore, to equip children with the skills to adapt to new technology and to give them confidence to use Computing to further their learning and assist them in everyday life whilst staying safe.
Our DT curriculum prepares children to take part in the development of tomorrow’s rapidly changing world. Creative thinking encourages children to make positive changes to their quality of life by becoming autonomous and inventive problem-solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team. It enables them to identify needs and opportunities and to respond by developing ideas and eventually making products and systems.
Our geography provision aims to create excitement, inspire curiosity, and promote deep thinking about the world pupils live in.
Our history provision aims to create excitement, inspire curiosity, and promote deep thinking about the world past and present by exploring events and people who have changed the world.
Our art curriculum gives all pupils the opportunity to learn about a range of artists historical and modern and their lives, techniques and inspirations. Children use this as stimulus as they master the elements of art and develop skills in evaluating and appraising.
Our music curriculum we strive to cultivate a real enjoyment of music and aim to deliver high quality music teaching, supporting and encouraging all children to achieve their full potential. We believe that Music is a unique form of communication and is an integral part of our culture.
Our Religious Education has a crucial part to play in helping to recognise and appreciate the contribution religion, in its varied aspects. We provide a happy stimulating environment rooted in Christian values where all children are cared for and spiritually, morally, intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally and where all are valued as individuals. We believe that Religious Education provides an opportunity to celebrate and show awareness of differences within our school and the wider world.
Spanish (KS2 only)
Our we believe that the learning of a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils. It helps to develop the ability to communicate, including key skills of speaking and listening and extends pupils’ knowledge of how language works. It provides excitement, enjoyment and challenge which helps to create enthusiastic learners and to develop positive attitudes to language learning throughout life. Learning another language gives children a new perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others.
Backworth Park Primary School recognises the vital contribution of physical education to a child’s physical, cognitive, social and emotional development .We aim to provide a P.E. curriculum which aids children’s increasing self-confidence in their ability; planning a range of activities that aim to provide children with a broad base of movement knowledge, skills and understanding, which they can refine and expand throughout their school years. All children are encouraged to join clubs and extend their interest and involvement in sport and are taught to appreciate the importance of a healthy and fit body, and begin to understand those factors which affect health and fitness.
PSHE & RSE
At Backworth Park Primary School we believe that delivering high quality PSHE is vital in providing children with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes, values and skills they need in order to reach their potential as individuals and within the community. Children are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of our school and communities. In doing so, they learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning.
If you would like to find out more about the curriculum we teach at our school, please speak to a member of staff at school.