Curriculum Intent & Overview
At Falcons Primary School, we aim to teach children how to grow into positive, compassionate, resilient people, who can work and co-operate with others whilst developing knowledge and skills. Thus, they can achieve their true potential and be happy and fulfilled in themselves: in other words, to ‘be the best they can be’.
We believe that Sikh values are relevant to all our pupils and, when taught in a child-centred way, can help them to become responsible citizens, upholding British Values in the wider world.
At Falcons, our curriculum is driven by the need for our children to develop as lifelong learners. We offer a diverse curriculum which is ambitious for all learners, while developing the essential knowledge, skills and understanding which are the building blocks for later life. Our curriculum encompasses not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but goes beyond these to ensure that our children are exposed to the richest and most varied opportunities that we can provide. It is designed to give all our pupils:
- the knowledge and skills that prepare them for the next stage of their education (KS1, KS2 or secondary school).
- a ‘go-for-it’ attitude towards learning so that all children enjoy coming to school and embrace new challenges and possibilities, pushing their own boundaries.
- a wide range of experiences, including the arts, sports and science, that broaden their horizons beyond their immediate circumstances.
- self-belief in their own uniqueness and ambition for their future.
- the confidence to appreciate and explore their own faith, spirituality and culture as well as respecting and valuing diversity.
- an understanding of the importance of British Values.
- the ability to question and learn from the past, live confidently and honestly in the present and the belief that they can influence the future.
- experience of success and resilience to learn from their mistakes.
- motivation and knowledge to live a healthy lifestyle, both physically and mentally.
- a sense of wonder towards nature, knowledge of the world around them and the curiosity to question and explore it.
- the necessary tools to keep themselves safe in both the real and online worlds.
- the skills to develop positive, healthy relationships and to treat others with kindness.
Children are expected to work hard and demonstrate positive learning behaviours, to maximise their individual learning potential and to contribute to the school and wider community. We have high expectations of attendance, academic achievement and pupil behaviour. We are committed to working in partnership with parents as we believe that when home and school work closely together we get the best outcomes for our pupils. Our pupils have access to a wide range of opportunities which promote personal safety and a strong sense of self, with all children being actively involved in whole school decision making through the Pupil Learning Council and many positions of responsibility. Our curriculum recognises the importance of pupils’ spiritual, physical and mental well-being in shaping their long term life-style choices. We believe that one of our key tasks is to teach our children to speak clearly and articulately and to read and write effectively. We want pupils to develop a love of reading during their time at Falcons and be exposed to a range literature. In order to raise aspirations and equip children with a real belief that they can achieve anything if they are prepared to work hard, it is important that we prioritise experiential learning within our curriculum. Visitors are invited into school, educational visits are carefully chosen to deepen understanding and we make the most of our outdoor learning environment to enhance hands-on learning experiences.
Children have access to a wide range of extra-curricular activities in both sport, music and the creative and performing arts. Continuing Professional Development for all staff is a priority to ensure they have the necessary skills and knowledge to deliver the highest standards across the entire curriculum.
Subject Leaders will be developed to have the necessary expertise to play a pivotal role in both the design and delivery of their subject area; ensuring a clear progression of both skills and knowledge across all year groups, underpinned by a robust assessment system. They can confidently articulate how learning is planned and developed in each year group, to ensure a real depth of learning right across the school.
- Our pupils will demonstrate confidence, independence, resilience and an enjoyment of learning.
- Form meaningful relationships based upon mutual respect and trust, recognising and celebrating difference, not only within the school community, but in the wider world as well.
- Have access to a wide and varied curriculum, allowing each of them to excel as individuals and be the best they can be.
- Achieve at least the expected standard across the curriculum by the end of Key Stage Two.
- Are well prepared to access the challenges of the secondary school curriculum.
- Our children will have aspirations for the future and know that these can be realised with hard work and determination.
- Grow up being able to make a positive contribution to the world in which they live.