Goldsworth Primary School Curriculum
Whilst we follow the national curriculum, our curriculum is unique because it is shaped by and for our children. Children have the opportunity to plan with teachers at the beginning of topics and design collaborative ‘learning journeys’. Our pupils’ engagement in learning is high because lessons are stimulating and interesting, allowing for pupils to learn independently, collaboratively and as part of a whole class.
Teachers plan the curriculum around the needs of our children and have the freedom to adapt the curriculum in response to the children’s interests. Individual teachers too bring their own interests and these may shape certain aspects of the curriculum, for example, a teacher who has spent some years living in Japan will inspire the children more about this country than another. In order to ensure continuity and progression across subjects, each curriculum area has a subject leader and the whole curriculum is monitored and improved by our assistant head responsible for the curriculum.
In Early Years, we follow the EYFS curriculum and from Key Stage 1, we follow the national curriculum and teach the ‘core’ subjects of English, Maths, Science, Physical Education (P.E.) and Computing. Our ‘foundation’ subjects are: Art, Design Technology, Geography, History, Music, Modern Foreign Languages (MFL), Religious Education, Personal Social Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE). In each curriculum area there is an emphasis placed on skills and, across all curriculum areas, the ‘toolkit for learning’ builds learning skills by encouraging: resourcefulness, resilience, reciprocity and reflectiveness.
Values are integral to our curriculum. What know is that values must be at the heart of the way forward because these will shape the kinds of people our children turn out to be. We know that their values and learning skills will be the key as to whether they can make the best of their learning in the future. Our school values, which we agreed upon together at our school development planning day with parents, governors and pupils, underpin all learning at school as they form our attitudes towards learning and each other.
In addition to the well planned and comprehensive curriculum delivered by our outstanding teaching staff, our TAs and specialist teachers deliver the following learning experiences: Forest Schools, tennis coaching, specialist sports coaching, trumpet and clarinet lessons and gardening. All children have swimming lessons twice a year in our newly improved swimming pool. All children in the juniors have the opportunity to access a residential trip once a year.