At Easington Colliery Primary we are passionate about making sure the curriculum that we provide is appropriate to meet the needs of our pupils and is in keeping with our local community’s strengths and developments. When planning the lessons and experiences that pupils will encounter, we ensure that they are purposeful, experiential and constantly enhance the pupils’ personal development. In addition, we teach units that enhance the local community and address the difficulties the community faces/ has faced, as well as celebrating all of the successes of Easington Colliery.
Our class-based curriculum units have key themes that run through every unit in every year group. In history, the theme of leadership and legacy is carefully thought about, before we begin planning and teaching each and every unit. Whether it is a focus on leadership decision during the Great Fire of London (y2), the hunter gatherer and their power and control over the family dynamic (y3), or a comparative study of whether the Anglo Saxons were better or worse leaders than the Vikings, due to them simply settling instead of invading (y4 & 5), the theme continues across the year groups, to ensure that we are making permanent changes to long term memory by linking thinking and teaching sticky knowledge, that pupils will remember, as they build upon it. The other part of our history theme – legacy – is based around the fact that our teachers liken what they teach to how we live today. Who invented the days of the week and how does that affect our lives? When Henry VIII broke from Rome, did he intentionally affect religion and beliefs for so many years to come? When Easington Colliery Pit closed, and Margaret Thatcher made the decisions she made, did she realise that it would still affect the way a village functions and behaves, in 2020?
Outside of the classroom our pupils are given a wide range of opportunities to develop their social skills, team work, physical endurance and performance and much more. We offer every year group a forest schools programme and residential, selected year groups enjoy cookery teaching, we have a wide range of after school clubs and teams, as well as music tuition, climbing, kayaking, skiing and gardening. We believe that pupils excel when they are challenged, and we also understand that our school has a key part to play in social justice and balancing cultural capital. Therefore, we aim to ensure that our pupils are exposed to as many different experiences as possible, while in our care, to set them up for a brilliant future, standing side by side with the best of the best from around the country.
At Easington Colliery Primary School, we aim to provide a curriculum that inspires every pupil. We are committed to ensuring that all pupils can access and enjoy their learning. Following a consultation of governors, staff, parents and of course pupils, we have a clear idea of what we all want from our curriculum, for our children.
Our curriculum should…
– be meaningful and relevant
– build upon prior learning
– enhance a pride in the local community
– encourage a thirst of knowledge about the world beyond
– be knowledge rich and experiential
– make pupils ‘ready’ for LIFE!
|We want…||Parents||Pupils||Staff (&govs)|
|pupils to be…||Happy, Safe, Respectful||Happy, Safe, Motivated||Happy, Safe, Engaged|
|pupils to gain…||Independence, Resilience, Social skills||Resilience, Confidence, Independence||Independence, Resilience, Social skills|
|pupils to improve their…||Life skills, Team work, Health & well being||Life skills, Residentials, Educational visits and Sport and PE||Life skills, Team work, Health & well being|
At Easington Colliery Primary we are passionate about making sure the curriculum that we provide is appropriate to meet the needs of our pupils and is in keeping with our local community’s strengths and developments. When planning the lessons and experiences that pupils will encounter, we keep the following 4 key aspects in mind.
In order to provide the best possible experience for our learners, we need to know the views of everyone involved in the life of the school. We surveyed governors, staff, parents and of course pupils, to find out what was most important to everyone and what we (as a shared community) want from our school, for our pupils. The results of these surveys shaped our curriculum intent, which is at the heart of what we do and what we provide.
NC Statutory Guidelines
The national curriculum sets out the programmes of study and attainment targets for all subjects. All local-authority-maintained schools in England must teach these programmes of study.
Personal development can be defined as the improvement of awareness and identity, the development of talents and potential, building human capital and facilitating employability, as well as enhancing quality of life and contributing to the realisation of dreams and aspirations. At Easington Colliery Primary School, we strive to ensure that the learning experiences are purposeful and well-planned, and have a positive impact upon the personal development of our pupils.
‘Sticky knowledge’ is learned knowledge that will stay forever. We are committed to ensuring pupils receive meaningful learning, that is well-planned to ensure that everything we are exposing our pupils to is either promoting enquiry/ deep level thinking; preparing them for learning they are going to encounter later, or building upon something that has been learned already. For example, our History & Geography curriculum are shaped around common themes, to promote learning which provides a deep understanding of a place or time, with purposeful links to those places and periods studied before, as well as those yet to be studied in their primary school career. By doing this, we’re making alterations in pupils’ long term memory, and increasing their rich knowledge of the world for life!
Schools have been asked to explain how they promote British values. So what are ‘British’ values? There are certain values that have been attributed to being British, by the government and some institutions,. you can find out more about British Values on our website.
Phonics and Reading
Find out about our approach to Phonics, Reading and Reading Schemes.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
At Easington Colliery Primary School, we believe that inclusive education means providing all pupils with appropriate education and support alongside their peers. The Curriculum is all the planned activities that the school organises in order to promote learning, personal growth and development. Further information can be found in the SEN Information Report
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.
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