Intent

At Simonside Primary School, we are passionate about creating a curriculum with our children’s interests at the heart and where every child can achieve.  Our curriculum is designed to be exciting, creative, engaging and challenging for all of our children. We consistently seek ways to ensure all children are actively involved in their learning and provide a range of learning opportunities that inspire life-long, inquisitive learners.

Our aim is for our children to leave Year 6 with everything they need to be successful as they continue their learning journey into secondary school and beyond.

At Simonside Primary School, we have 6 curriculum drivers, which are based on the needs and background of our children, and the values we hold; they underpin and shape the curriculum we design for our children.  Our drivers encourage our children to be:

  • Respectful
  • Motivated
  • Independent
  • Confident
  • Resilient
  • A Team Player

Project Based Learning is at the heart of our curriculum; it is our intention to provide children with a range of real-life experiences, coupled with real-life audiences, to enable them to see the true value of their learning.  We want our curriculum to excite and engage our pupils to overcome the deprived backgrounds many of them come from.

Implementation

Our curriculum has been designed to create a balance between the National Curriculum statutory requirements and a range of experiences which allow our pupils the opportunities to broaden their life experiences, using the local and wider environment . Our curriculum provides our pupils with experiences and opportunities which best meet their learning and developmental needs. Through clear planning, our curriculum provides memorable experiences and is rich in opportunities from which the children can learn and develop transferrable skills.
The acquisition of knowledge and the development of skills is carefully planned to create a purposeful and exciting learning journey for every child, ensuring that milestones are met at stages throughout their primary education.
Our vibrant and rich curriculum is designed so that the subject specific skills are scaffolded within a cross-curricular theme or context each term. In order to ensure that progression and balance is maintained, the programmes of study are then developed into medium term plans which clearly highlight the learning objectives, assessment opportunities, differentiated
tasks as well as links to other subjects. Teachers plan and tailor units of work and lessons to address the specific needs of individual children, so they progress in all areas regardless of their starting point.

Impact

Enjoyment of the curriculum promotes achievement, confidence and good behaviour.  Children feel safe to try new things.  High quality visits and visitors to the school enhance the curriculum and provide opportunities for writing for a purpose.

Children have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents and carers and other learners, through school-based and external exhibitions, performances, competitions and events involving other schools.  Developing their independence and motivation as learners and their sense of responsibility as future citizens is at the heart of all of our teaching and learning.