Whole School Curriculum
Mrs Stinchon and Mrs Clarke are our Whole School Curriculum Leaders
At Trawden Forest Primary School, we have designed a curriculum which is built upon our mission statement, ‘Every child matters; every moment counts’. Our unique curriculum provides our children with the best educational start in life as well as considering the needs of a 21st Century child. Our curriculum is ambitious in providing our children with the knowledge, skills and learning behaviours required to become successful life-long learners as well as enabling them to articulate their learning; demonstrating quality thinking and making meaningful links between knowledge and skills.
At the heart of our school are a set of core values. These underpin our curriculum and the ethos of the school. At Trawden, we place great importance on a curriculum which develops the whole child. Through our core values, we foster an environment where the emotional, physical, academic, social, moral, spiritual and cultural development of each child is considered. We firmly believe that everyone is entitled to an ambitious curriculum and our curriculum design is accessible for all, including children with SEND and disadvantaged backgrounds.
Implementation describes the way in which we deliver our intent consistently each day. To do this we have carefully designed our knowledge and skills based curriculum. This is designed to enable learners to acquire relevant subject knowledge which underpins the application of skills. Skills are carefully and progressively mapped across each key stage and subject area.
Knowledge is consolidated and built upon to support retention and recall and is clearly outlined within our Knowledge Organisers. This ensures that by the time children leave our school they have learned, and are able to recall and apply the key information that we feel is important in order for them to be successful in their futures.
Skills in the Foundation Subjects
Knowledge is taught through skills and enquiry. This approach means that our tailored curriculum builds on knowledge and skills that the children already have ensuring that by the end of their Trawden journey they have a deep subject specific knowledge and can use the skills they have acquired in each subject effectively. Our curriculum is structured to provide for deeper understanding and prepares our children for subject specific learning in Secondary School.
Knowledge Enriched Curriculum
Planning takes on the form of structured blocks and theses are delivered over a period of time. Planning is led by prior knowledge and builds on acquired skills. Subject leaders are integral to the planning process and understand the pathway that their subjects take. Progression of knowledge and skills is carefully mapped across Key Stages.
The government have placed great emphasis on schools developing Cultural capital. Cultural capital is the essential knowledge that children need to prepare them for their future success. It is about giving children the best possible start to their early education.
At Trawden, we see Cultural capital as the accumulation of knowledge, attitudes, habits, language and possessions that enables individuals to demonstrate their cultural competence and social status. Our school plays a crucial role in developing this through immersing children in outdoor learning as well as providing a wide range of immersive experiences that have British Values at their core. Embedding cultural capital into our curriculum is a way of closing the gap between children from differing socio-economic backgrounds by ensuring that children from all backgrounds have the same opportunities in society to achieve their full potential.
Our enhanced curriculum aims to run alongside and compliments the National Curriculum, but aims to broaden the horizons of our children and links to our school's value. The opportunities offered aims to provide our children with unique experiences outside of the National Curriculum.
We broaden horizons by developing global learners, which underpins all of our values, by planning for opportunities to be aware of the wider world and its current issues and to understand and respect cultural diversity and differences with an understanding of how the world works and encourage participation in the community at a range of levels, from the local to the global. We teach our children to make the world a more sustainable place and to take responsibility for their actions. We do this by providing learning linked to both or school values and British Values.
Pupils leave Trawden Forest Primary School with a secure understanding of the academic content; with the understanding of how to be socially, morally, spiritually and culturally responsible and aware; how to make positive contributions to the local community and how to endeavour to be the best that they can be. We aim for all of our children to leave Trawden as respectful, skilful, ambitious learners with a thirst for life and all it has to offer.