The National Curriculum is a set of subjects and standards used by primary schools to ensure children learn the same things. It covers what subjects are taught and the standards children should reach in each subject. This is a statutory document that all schools must follow. Schools have the autonomy to decide on how this content is delivered and what approach to take to ensure that our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of our children and community.
At Felsted Primary School our curriculum links closely to our core values, vision and school ethos. We have designed an ambitious, broad and balanced curriculum which develops the whole child. Our curriculum is designed to be accessible for all, including children with SEND and children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Implementation describes the way in which we deliver our intent consistently each day. To do this we have carefully designed our knowledge engaged curriculum. This is designed to enable learners to acquire relevant subject knowledge which underpins the application of skills. Skills are carefully and progressively mapped across each key stage and subject area.
Knowledge is consolidated and built upon to support retention and recall and is clearly outlined. This ensures that by the time children leave our school they have learned, and are able to recall and apply the key information that we feel is important in order for them to be successful in the future.
Our enhanced curriculum runs alongside and compliments the National Curriculum, but aims to broaden the horizons of our children and links to our school values. The opportunities offered aims to provide our children with unique experiences outside of the National Curriculum.
We broaden horizons by developing global learners, which underpins all of our values. We plan opportunities to develop awareness of the wider world and its current issues and to understand and respect cultural diversity and differences with an understanding of how the world works. We encourage participation in the community at a range of levels, from the local to the global. We teach our children to make the world a more sustainable place and to take responsibility for their actions. We do this by providing learning linked to:
- International or Cultural understanding
- Respect for others and our differences
- Community participation (local and global)
- Sustainability and environmental issues
- Challenging stereotypes
The government have placed great emphasis on schools developing Cultural capital. Cultural capital is the essential knowledge that children need to prepare them for their future success. It is about giving children the best possible start to their early education.
We see Cultural capital as the accumulation of knowledge, attitudes, habits, language and possessions that enables individuals to demonstrate their cultural competence and social status. Our school plays a crucial role in developing this through immersing children in dance and music, visiting theatres, galleries and historic sites and by introducing them to literature and art.
Embedding cultural capital into our curriculum is a way of closing the gap between children from differing socio-economic backgrounds by ensuring that children from all backgrounds have the same opportunities in society to achieve their full potential.
Pupils leave Felsted Primary School with a secure understanding of the academic content; with the understanding of how to be socially, morally, spiritually and culturally responsible and aware; how to make positive contributions to the local community and how to endeavour to be the best that they can be. We aim for all of our children to leave Felsted respectful, skilful, ambitious and with a thirst for life and all it has to offer.