Curriculum Rationale

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Egglescliffe CE Primary School Curriculum Rationale

We encourage all learners to be the best they can be based on Matthew 5.16 , ‘Let your light shine.’

At Egglescliffe CE Primary School, we have designed an aspirational curriculum with pupils’ learning at the centre. We recognise that a curriculum has to be broad, balanced, inspiring and challenging in order to offer pupils opportunities to grow as unique individuals as well as learners. We endeavour to enrich our curriculum with experiential learning and deepening understanding opportunities which we believe is fundamentally important. As an inclusive Christian family learning and growing together, our school values the input of its pupils, parents and the local community with regards to the planning and delivery of the curriculum. We believe that investing in our pupils holistically creates opportunities for them to shine as individuals – ‘Let your light shine’.

We aim to ensure pupils enjoy learning and feel prepared for life after school. We also intend to offer our pupils new and exciting experiences through extra-curricular activities that are designed to build resilience, confidence and self-esteem. Our curriculum will be delivered in accordance with the Equality Act 2010, through a variety of methods, including those outlined below.

Classroom-based learning: Accessing different learning resources and equipment to broaden pupils’ knowledge, and making cross-curricular links where possible within lessons, so that pupils can draw upon knowledge from different subjects and understand how each topic plays a part in everyday life. Classroom teaching also includes one-to-one and small group tuition for pupils who require additional support. Topics are enriched with further opportunities to deepen understanding and give wider world experience. 

Egglescliffe CE Primary enables everyone to be:

  • Successful learners, who enjoy learning, make excellent progress and achieve to the best of their ability.
  • Confident individuals who feel safe, are happy, healthy, enjoy a challenge and are resilient when facing difficulty.
  • Responsible citizens who care for one another and their environment and make positive contributions to the community and the wider world.
  • Be the change you want to see.

Our bespoke curriculum aims to:

  • Enable all pupils to understand that they are all successful learners.
  • Enable pupils to understand the skills and attributes needed to be a successful learner.
  • Enable pupils to develop their own personal interests and develop a positive attitude towards learning, so that they enjoy coming to school, and acquire a solid basis for lifelong learning.
  • Teach pupils the basic skills of literacy, numeracy, ICT and science.
  • Enable pupils to be creative through art, dance, music, drama and design and technology.
  • Enable pupils to be healthy individuals and appreciate the importance of a healthy active lifestyle.
  • Teach pupils about their developing world, including how their environment and society have changed over time.
  • Help pupils understand the fundamental British values, and enable them to be positive citizens in society who can make a difference.
  • Fulfil all the requirements of the national curriculum and the locally agreed syllabus for RE.
  • Teach pupils to have an awareness of their own spiritual development, and to understand right from wrong.
  • Help pupils understand the importance of truth and fairness, so that they grow up committed to equal opportunities for all.
  • Enable pupils to have respect for themselves and high self-esteem, and to be able to live and work co-operatively with others.
  • Enable pupils to be passionate about what they believe in and to develop their own thoughts on different topics including the Rights of the Child. 
  • Enable pupils to develop their intellect including their emotional development, ask questions and take appropriate risks.
  • Enable pupils to experience playing a musical instrument. 
  • Teach pupils about the importance of forming healthy relationships with friends, family and peers.

Through the aims outlined above, pupils will 

  • Learning how to lead safe, healthy and fulfilling lives. 
  • Understanding that failure is part of the road to success. 
  • Being rewarded for academic successes.
  • Being supported with their next stages in education and feeling prepared for life after school.
  • Becoming responsible individuals who contribute to community living and the environment.
  • Achieving to the best of their ability. 
  • Acquiring a wealth of knowledge and experience.  
  • Becoming critical thinkers. 
  • Finding a sense of belonging to the school and its community.
  • Learning how to cooperate with their peers and respect one another inside and outside the classroom. 

Should you require further information regarding our School Curriculum, please contact…

Mrs E. Robertson

Head Teacher

Mrs H. McCarthy 

KS2 Co-Ordinator

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