At Chesterfield Primary School, we follow the 2014 National Curriculum.
We view the curriculum as the totality of every planned/unplanned experience and interaction that pupils encounter within our school. It informs every aspect of our practice and culture from academic content to the personal development of characteristics and virtues.
Our Curriculum aims to improve the life chances of all children by ensuring each child becomes:
A successful learner, who enjoys learning, makes good progress and achieves well.
A confident individual, able to live a safe, healthy and fulfilling life.
A responsible citizen, able to make a positive contribution to society.
There is high academic ambition for all pupils, rooted in our solid consensus of the knowledge and skills pupils need in order to take advantage of opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. We have carefully studied evidence of research when developing and building our curriculum and consequently leaders are confident about the knowledge and skills pupils need in order to take advantage of opportunities, responsibilities and experiences in later life, which is embedded into our curriculum.
Our curriculum is planned and sequenced so that new knowledge and skills build on what has been taught before and towards clearly defined end points, informing what pupils need to know and be able to do to reach those points. Through carefully planned connections, children return to the same concepts over and over to gradually build understanding of them and develop their long-term memory. We have created comprehensive long-term and medium-term plans and through our monitoring and evaluating cycle we see the impact the curriculum is having on pupils.
Our curriculum reflects our school’s local context by addressing typical gaps in pupils’ knowledge and skills and is designed to give all pupils, particularly disadvantaged pupils and SEND pupils the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. We have developed three curriculum drivers that shape our curriculum, bring about the aims and values of our school, and respond to the particular needs of our community.
Intention 1: Develop emotional intelligence
The development of children’s emotional intelligence, or their awareness of their feelings and ability to control them, is a key driver of our school curriculum. We believe that growing up in an emotionally literate atmosphere means that children will develop their self-confidence, boost self-esteem, encourage social and emotional development and ensure all children are ready to learn now and in the future.
Intention 2: Develop aspirations and possibilities for all
We promote ambition, high aspirations and foster children’s capacity to see the possibilities within the world today. We aim to give our children a range of rich experiences that help them to aim high, take personal pride in achievements and to ultimately help every child find strengths and interests.
Intention 3: Develop oracy skills to communicate confidently and effectively
We want our children to develop the knowledge and skills needed to express themselves fluently and confidently in a range of situations. We will work to broaden vocabulary and plan for talk in all areas of learning.