At Silkstone Primary School our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of our children and our local community. We aim to inspire our children with a love for learning and for life. Our curriculum is planned to enable children to build a strong and broad foundation of knowledge and skills to support their transition to high school and beyond. We want them to be critical thinkers, to question and to care as they develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to thrive in our complex world.
Our curriculum is underpinned by three key drivers
Culture and diversity – an understanding of the world that we live in
Social responsibility – to be active citizens
Health – to be physically and mentally healthy
As a maintained school we follow the National Curriculum. The EYFS curriculum is planned around the areas of learning in early years and works towards the requirements of the Early Learning Goals, whilst also recognising the demands of the National Curriculum 2014 as part of the transition from EYFS into KS1. We follow the Barnsley locally agreed syllabus for religious education.
High quality teaching enables children to acquire and develop their knowledge and skills through an engaging and stimulating curriculum. There is a cohesive, progressive sequence of learning across all subject areas, building on previous knowledge and skills. When appropriate, we use cross curricular themes to develop depth in understanding. The curriculum is planned to enable children to develop both an understanding of the place they live and a global dimension. Children are supported to take ownership of their learning and develop positive learning behaviours with an ability to work collaboratively and the confidence to tackle learning challenges. Equality of access to all aspects of the curriculum is proactively planned for all pupils. The work of pupils with identified additional needs is guided by provision maps.
Our curriculum is enriched through a wide variety of educational visits including to Chester Zoo, Cresswell Crags, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Cleethorpes. Further enrichment is provided through sports coaches and visitors to school e.g. the BBC Philharmonic and Yorkshire Cricket. Children have the opportunity to learn to play a number of instruments including the ukulele and keyboards. Children have the opportunity to participate in a number of sporting clubs and competitions and there is a range of afterschool clubs to widen their experience. Focus weeks are held throughout the year that are linked to our key drivers or national events e.g. BBC Ten Pieces, Black History, Science week. Weaving through our curriculum is the school commitment to wellbeing. We want all children to feel valued and cared for, to develop compassion and kindness for others and have a sense of social responsibility.
The impact of our curriculum is that children leave Silkstone Primary School as confident, caring individuals with a solid understanding of themselves and the world around them, well equipped for the next stage of their education.