Our Creative Curriculum
At Puriton Primary School we are very aware that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant disruption and will have had a range of different impacts on children. We will provide a safe, calm and caring welcome back – keeping children’s well-being at the centre of everything we do, supporting them settle back into school routines and re-establish effective learning attitudes and behaviours.
Our high expectations will remain for every child so that they achieve at their appropriate level but we will have an additional focus on our vulnerable groups so that measures can be identified quickly to close any gaps with peers.
Our Creative Curriculum approach will be of particular significance in re-engaging children with their learning at school. The curriculum will remain broad, creative and ambitious, covering all subjects and creating time for any missed content.
We believe that education is about preparing our children for the ever-changing modern world and equipping them with the skills they are going to need to face the challenges ahead. For our children, it starts when they are young – where their appetite and zest for learning is unrivalled.
Drawing upon the local area wherever possible, we provide a creative and flexible curriculum that’s truly fit for the 21st century – an education that really engages and motivates children; that awakes in them a real love for learning that will carry through the rest of their lives; an education that instils respect for oneself and for others in community and the wider world, irrespective of faith, traditions or cultures.
We value academic success very highly and provide rich and stimulating learning opportunities within a Creative Curriculum, which challenges and stretches all learners. Where possible, children’s knowledge, skills and understanding are developed through a wide variety of exciting themes or topics that have been carefully chosen to tap into their interests, yet also provide meaningful Learning Experiences within which they can apply their learning in a purposeful way.
We recognise that learning is most effective when it is based on first-hand experiences, fuelled by questions and achieved through problem solving and collaboration. Our Critical Skills approach provides opportunities for children to develop all of these. Children frequently work in pairs or in small groups to tackle meaningful problems, often presented as “Challenges”. They acquire and practice key skills such as communication, team work and decision making – the skills needed throughout life – as well as learning, consolidating and applying knowledge.
We put children at the centre of their own learning and place great importance on nurturing our Core Values of independence, compassion, honesty, responsibility, confidence and resilience.
We also foster a real Community Spirit in order to nurture the wide range of talents that we all have as unique individuals and we value recognising and celebrating personal achievements.
Across the school, we are rigorous in our approach; we believe in the uniqueness and potential of each child and have high aspirations for and expectations of all staff and children.
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Click on the links to see the curriculum offer in each subject:
ART & DESIGN
DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY
|Curriculum Overview for EYFS||Qualities & Values Curriculum Overview|
Our school curriculum draws many elements from the National Primary Curriculum (NPC), although objectives are adapted within our creative approach. Contact the school if you require more detail about a specific aspect of the curriculum or click here if you would like more information on the NPC.
CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS AND/OR A DISABILITY
The curriculum in our school is designed to provide access and opportunity for all children who attend the school. If we think it necessary to adapt the curriculum to meet the needs of individual children, then we do so only after the parents of the child have been consulted. Intervention groups and individual precision teaching is delivered where appropriate. Refer to SEN policy
At Puriton Primary School, we believe that each child has individual and unique needs. However, some children require more support than others do. If these children are to achieve their full potential, we must recognise this and plan accordingly. We acknowledge that a significant proportion of children will have special educational needs at some time in their school career. Some of these children may require help throughout their time in school, whilst others may need extra support for a short period to help overcome more short term needs. For children with Special Educational Needs and/ or a disability, in addition to the whole school aims, we strive:
- To enable every child to experience success
- To promote individual confidence and a positive attitude
- To ensure that all children, whatever their special educational needs or disability , receive appropriate educational provision through a broad and balanced curriculum that is relevant and differentiated, that demonstrates coherence and progression in learning. Our school is committed in making reasonable adjustments to meet children’s individual needs
- To give children with special educational needs equal opportunities to take part in all aspects of a school's provision, to involve parents, carers and children themselves in planning and supporting at all stages of the child's development
- To ensure that responsibility held by all staff and Governors for SEND is implemented and maintained.
Click here for further information on SEND.
Learners at Puriton Primary School develop detailed knowledge and skills across the curriculum and, as a result, achieve well. Information on outcomes are published on the school website at the end of each year. Results from national tests confirm that that the school consistently meets or exceeds national expectations and our pupils are ready for the next stage of their education.
Rigorous triangulated monitoring is undertaken throughout the year to gauge the impact of the curriculum design and delivery. Senior Leaders and Subject Leaders monitor individual subjects: reviewing learning, evaluating pupil voice, providing individual feedback to move practice forward, celebrating positives and highlighting areas of development that through coaching and continued professional development are developed and strengthened.
The impact of the curriculum is reviewed at the end of terms 1, 2, 4 and 6 and progress is measured against end of year outcomes for individual pupils and for the year group.
Enjoyment of our creative curriculum promotes achievement, confidence and good behaviour. Children feel safe to try new things. They are able to work collaboratively with their peers and independently as inquisitive learners who are motivated to excel and who have a thirst for learning. Our pupils will have a strong desire to embrace challenge and to be resilient learners.
Our curriculum enables our pupils to become good citizens and demonstrate an appreciation for each other, the school community and the world. Our pupils are respectful and show tolerance and acceptance to those from different faiths and backgrounds.
The impact of curriculum is measured through:
- Pupil achievement data.
- Attendance rates.
- Extra Curriculum registers.
- Pupil questionnaires.
- Pupil Voice.
- Parent questionnaires
- Lesson observations.
- Curriculum Reviews.