Curriculum Overview - Sept 2021-22

Intent

At Platt Bridge Community School, we aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that meets the needs of all the children within our community. We aim to motivate and inspire our children through a curriculum that engages and challenges all learners.

Our Curriculum is designed with the intent to:

  • Promote the holistic development of our children whilst removing barriers and unlock opportunities to address any disadvantage and develop educated citizens.
  • Create life-enhancing experiences which raise aspirations of our children, families and community and equip them with the cultural capital that they need to succeed.
  • Through a progression of skills and knowledge, we aim to prepare our children to take advantage of the responsibilities and experiences of life in modern Britain.

 

Implementation

At Platt Bridge Community School, we implement an inclusive, broad and balanced curriculum that meets the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum. Our curriculum is well planned and provides opportunities for cross curricular links, cultural capital opportunities and designated WOW moments.

Each term, all year groups have a focused ‘theme’ which has been planned to support pupil’s long-term memory and ability to link new ideas to previously taught skills and knowledge. Children are immersed in a diet of vocabulary which is high-level and subject specific to further enhance their understanding of their topic as well as providing them with a breadth of language. Each theme has a list of high-quality, focused reading texts which link with each foundation subject to further enhance subject knowledge.

Within the wider curriculum, teachers ensure that there are opportunities planned for children to further develop their literacy skills, through cross curricular writing, ensuring standards are consistent across the curriculum.

For each focused theme, teachers plan an exciting stimulus that is used as an initial WOW moment; this aims to hook and engage the children in the new learning as well as helping to assess pupils’ prior experiences. It also encourages discussion with the children and deepens their knowledge.

Our curriculum is delivered through quality-first teaching providing timely feedback to ensure a rapid pace of learning and progress We provide a rich and varied learning environment which is rooted in the most up to date research alongside stringent assessment, moderation and monitoring that allows all pupils to develop their skills and abilities to their full potential.

Throughout this process, we are constantly re-evaluating our position in our curriculum journey, alongside the latest research and amending our objectives to match the needs of the children.

 

Impact

Our curriculum ensures that children are provided with opportunities to build on prior experiences and make connections in their learning through the progression of knowledge and skills.

Through the breadth and depth of our curriculum, children are confident and resilient and well equipped for the future.

Our curriculum enables children to become enthusiastic learners with high aspirations and ambitions.