Curriculum Intention

 Overview:

  • Build on pupils’ prior experience
  • Make links with the wider world
  • Challenge assumed ideas and opinions
  • Empathise with other communities

 

The curriculum at Langton Green Primary School is designed to build and expand on our pupils’ prior experience and knowledge of the world. We value each child’s contributions to the school community and support them to form connections and links between their own experiences, skills and knowledge and those developed in school, and the wider world as a whole.

 

However, the school also recognises its role as a safe place for challenging and exploring ideas and opinions. We teach our pupils to question the world around them and to rigorously challenge the opinions that they hold. Through doing this, we also ensure that our children learn to empathise with other communities, including those of different nationality, faith, race, wealth or lifestyle. We believe that every pupil at Langton Green Primary School should aspire to be an independent, resilient and active citizen of the world.

 “No-one is too small to make a difference.” Greta Thunberg

 

Curriculum Principles:

We work towards our curriculum intentions by valuing three core principles while leading, planning, teaching or assessing our curriculum:

Inspiration:

We value a high standard of knowledge in each of the subjects of our curriculum, from staff and pupils.

We expect staff and pupils to think creatively about the content of our curriculum and build links between bodies of knowledge wherever possible.

We believe that the Langton Green curriculum should be relevant to the world outside of our school. We regularly ask staff and pupils to consider why we have selected these particular skills and bodies of knowledge.

Challenge:

We hold ambitious and aspirational expectations of our staff and pupils, and we value growth mind-set attitudes in the quest to reach those aspirations.

We ensure that the school is a place where pupils and staff can feel secure enough to challenge and question ideas and opinions. We appreciate the power of evaluation and explanation.

We strongly believe that it is our duty to provide access to “the best that has been thought and said” (National Curriculum, September 2013, p.6) for our pupils.

Balance:

We provide our pupils with access to “a full range of subjects” (Ofsted EIF, May 2019, p.9) in a curriculum that is clear and consistent, but still maintains scope for individuality and creativity.

Our expectations of pupils and staff are equally clear, consistent and fairly judged.

We consider the impact of decisions that we make on pupil and staff well-being. We work supportively with members of the school community who find our expectations challenging.