Our curriculum is driven by the need to prepare our children to be resilient, independent, lifelong learners. At Somerby Primary School, we offer a rich and exciting curriculum which is ambitious for all learners. Our curriculum is designed to help develop knowledge, skills and understanding of each subject progressively as they move through the school. We cover, not only the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum but also give our children wider opportunities to help enrich their learning experience and prepare them to be educated citizens of the future. Our curriculum is underpinned by our values, where we provide learning experiences to promote curiosity, creativity, courage and aspiration. The love of reading and developing a rich and varied vocabulary underpins every aspect of our curriculum intent.
A Big Question is carefully designed for each curriculum topic to help bring learning to life and gain pupils’ interest in that topic. At the beginning of the topic, the question will be used to assess prior knowledge so teachers can build on their learning. During the topic, children explore the subject with the end question in mind. By the end of the topic, the aim is for children to be able to articulate their answer of the big question, agreeing or disagreeing (debate) where appropriate by contributing the knowledge they have learnt. As we have mixed classes, we work on a two-year cycle for our topics. For the 2021/2022 academic year Somerby Primary School is following Cycle A. Please click here to see our Big Questions.
We have designed our curriculum to ensure children can build upon existing knowledge and skills within each subject and make links with their learning in other subject areas. We ensure regular recaps of subject content and give all children an opportunity to deepen their understanding where possible. We teach children various strategies to improve their long-term memory and therefore improve their fluency. Each subject leader has linked learning to our local community to bring the subject to life and make it more relevant to their lives. Parents, subject specific visitors and local businesses as well as carefully planned trips, including residential trips are used to broaden the children’s experiences and inspire children’s curiosity of the world around them. We work collaboratively with local primary schools and secondary schools to give our children a wide range of other experiences such as sport and the arts.
At the heart of our curriculum is the use of books and rich vocabulary. Teaching children to read opens a world of possibilities for them and opens their minds to the diverse world we live in.
Our curriculum places our pupils at the centre of learning and allows them to make connections in their knowledge, skills and understanding that are vital across all subjects. At Somerby Primary School we strive to ensure that our children’s attainment in core and foundation subjects is in line with or exceeds age-related expectations. We aspire for our children to be fully prepared for their next stage of education; ready to become resilient, independent, life-long learners. Our learning is underpinned by our values, where we teach children to be respectful and kind, self-regulated and resourceful, inclusive and understanding, creative and inquisitive, courageous and proud and aspirational and motivated. We want our children to have the character traits, knowledge and skills to make a positive impact on the world.
For more information about the topics we teach in each year group, please click on the following links: