“Since we can't know what knowledge will be most needed in the future, it is senseless to try to teach it in advance. Instead, we should try to turn out people who love learning so much and learn so well that they will be able to learn whatever needs to be learned.”
John Holt (‘Why Children Fail’ 1964)
At Bredenbury Primary School we aim to develop pupils who are successful, confident and responsible and as a result of the curriculum offered the children will, at a level appropriate to their age and ability, be able to be:
Successful – by acquiring skills to be:
- Creative thinkers
- Problem solvers
- Good question askers and learn by their mistakes
- Good collaborators
- Good communicators
- Secure in their knowledge from the world and how it is shaped
- Motivated to learn.
Confident – by having a secure:
- Sense of identity
- Good relationships with all members of their community
- Emotional awareness
- Knowledge of right and wrong
- Understanding of organizational skills
- Awareness of a healthy lifestyle
- Understanding of risk awareness
- Understanding of how to develop their strengths, talents and ambitions
- Confidence and willingness to try new things
Responsible – by developing their ability to be:
- Well prepared for life and work
- Able to respect others and understand their own and others’ cultures and traditions
- Able to understand what it means to be British and will appreciate diversity
- Able to challenge injustice
- Recognising how to sustain and improve the environment
- Able to try to change things for the better
Our new curriculum has a positive impact on everyone involved – pupils, staff and the wider community. Everyone is planning and working together and there’s a great sense of sharing and empathy, a real community spirit.
The curriculum is all the planned activities which we organise in order to promote learning and personal growth and development. It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also the curriculum guarantees we as a school provide to develop the independence and responsibility of all of our pupils. We ensure that all children have a broad, balanced and relevant education which provides continuity and progression and takes individual differences into account. We aim to teach our pupils how to grow into positive, responsible people, who can work and co-operate with others while developing knowledge and skills, so that they achieve their full potential.
We believe that learning should be an enjoyable, lifelong process through which everyone can achieve their potential and exceed their expectations. We will challenge and support our pupils to do their very best, by providing an extensive range of learning experiences beyond the statutory requirement.
Our curriculum is the means by which we achieve our objectives of educating children in the knowledge, skills and understanding that they need in order to lead fulfilling lives. Our school curriculum is underpinned by our principle value of providing high quality educational experiences that are focused on continued improvement in whole school standards and the development of independent and responsible learners.
These are the core values of our school, upon which we have based our curriculum:
- We value the way in which all children are unique, and our curriculum promotes respect for the views of each individual children, as well as for people of all cultures.
- We organise our curriculum so that we promote co-operation and understanding between all members of our community.
- We respect each child in our school for who they are, and we treat them with fairness and honesty. We aim to enable each person to be successful and provide equal opportunities for all children in our school.
- We value our environment, and we aim, through our curriculum, to teach respect for our country and the world, and how we should care for it for future generations, as well as our own.