Curriculum statement of intent
Our intent is to create meaningful and lasting learning experiences in order to develop the whole child. We recognise the individual needs of all pupils and their uniqueness: levels of deprivation, social and emotional development, backgrounds, current skills, disability, specific learning needs and personal faith. Our curriculum is designed to ultimately fulfil the academy vision of ‘Dream, Build, Grow’.
In ‘Dreaming’, our curriculum is aspirational both in terms of the knowledge and skills taught and in preparation for pupils to play a positive part in the societies they will find themselves in.
In ‘Building’, our curriculum is designed to provide the foundations of learning from an early age so that building blocks can be cemented and strengthened through deliberate repetition and links to past and current learning across the curriculum. We have devised a curriculum to ensure progression is secured and knowledge is retained.
In ‘Growing’, our enhanced curriculum goes well beyond the classroom, through a vast range of experiences and opportunities to learn. Our curriculum aims to help pupils to use new knowledge and cultural capital in all aspects of their life, both now and in the future, as active participants in society.
The curriculum at Priory is knowledge, vocabulary, skill and experience rich with clear progression in each of those areas. There is an ambitious breadth to our curriculum, with high expectations that content will be retained and built upon.
Learning is sequential. The curriculum is structured so that children master component learning before they attempt to produce composite outcomes. Lessons are sharply focussed on the very specific building blocks of learning.
School visits form an integral part of the learning and each class enjoys at least four quality external learning opportunities per year, one of which has an RE link. These visits are provided free of charge to parents/carers, which is an indication of the level of importance and benefit we feel they bring to the enhancement of the curriculum.