At Horsforth Featherbank Primary School we have worked together using the new framework for the National Curriculum in England to plan a curriculum that is enquiry and skills based, developing and expanding the core knowledge that is set out in the 2014 national curriculum. It reflects the needs and interests of our children and is often inspired by those needs and interests. It is, by its nature, an evolving and flexible curriculum, that provides a progressive development of skills and knowledge, and seeks to build on the prior knowledge and learning of the pupils at our school. All pupils should be excited by the learning opportunities the curriculum provides, and be enabled to make good progress in an inclusive, nurturing and stimulating environment. We seek to develop opportunities for pupils to become independent, take risks and be curious about the world they live in so that they will all become happy, successful and confident learners.
Featherbank Primary School’s curriculum is inspiring
Through a variety of approaches, which include theme days, educational visits, practical and real life experiences and outdoor learning, in our school and the local environment, teachers plan activities that engage and stimulate children’s learning whilst enriching the curriculum content in a creative, stimulating way.
Featherbank Primary School’s curriculum is empowering
Children are taught to be effective, independent learners who develop growth mind sets. This enables them to develop the resilience needed to be intrigued by their mistakes and enjoy challenge, whilst fostering a life-long love of learning.
Featherbank Primary School’s curriculum is child-centred
Where possible (and particularly in Early Years) teachers plan learning experiences that reflect the children’s own experiences and interests. Children are encouraged to take ownership of their learning and work proactively to drive their critical thinking skills. We encourage children to be curious about every aspect of the curriculum, and use questioning to deepen their understanding.
Featherbank Primary School’s curriculum is challenging
At Featherbank, we believe that every child can learn and so we use appropriate challenge to enable every child to grow and progress in a language-rich environment. Children develop positive attitudes towards learning and are always eager to succeed and become the best learners that they can be.
Featherbank Primary School’s curriculum is inclusive
Featherbank Primary School is a highly inclusive mainstream school that caters for a diverse range of backgrounds, needs and abilities. In order to achieve our vision: “Every child safe, every child happy, every child growing”, we have worked hard to design a curriculum that meets the needs of all our pupils, regardless of any barriers to learning they may have.
Featherbank Primary School’s curriculum is nurturing
Our PHSE curriculum allows children to explore issues and feelings in a safe environment. They learn how to keep themselves healthy (physically and emotionally), safe (in the real world and the digital world) and understand how to respect the views and beliefs of others. Our dedicated staff team provide strong pastoral support for all children and this provision is further strengthened by the introduction of our new Learning Mentor.
Featherbank Primary School’s curriculum is community-inspired
Here at Featherbank, we have a secure understanding of the need to work in close partnership with the children’s families and the local community in order to enhance our curriculum further. We aim to ensure that children develop a sound understanding of themselves and their place in the world around them, and we aspire to prepare them to be active citizens in adulthood.
Featherbank Primary School’s curriculum is fun
Above all, we want our children to enjoy school and make the most of every opportunity given to them. We love nothing better than seeing happy, smiling faces and know that our very best learning comes from enjoying what we do. We know that our fun, engaging and interactive learning activities make Featherbank a place where everyone grows together and creates happy memories.
Throughout our curriculum we teach skills, knowledge and creativity. Children are given first hand learning experiences through a thematic curriculum.
Statutory expectations across Early Years Foundation Stage – Prime and specific area
Statutory expectations across Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 – National Curriculum subjects
Additional subjects – RE (Religious Eduction), PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education), RSE (Relationships & Sex Education), e-safety
We have worked hard to enhance our curriculum with as many trips and visitors as possible. We believe that children learn best through experience and an enhanced curriculum is a quality curriculum. Examples of our enhancement are listed below.
Impact – How do we know we are achieving our aims?
We evaluate the impact of our curriuculum on children through the following accountability measures: