At King Street Primary School, we are committed to developing and nurturing well-read, insightful, knowledgeable, inquisitive, imaginative, thoughtful and enthusiastic learners through the provision of a curriculum which is innovative, relevant, challenging, and carefully planned and sequenced. From Early Years to Year 6, our curriculum is organised to challenge all of our children and to ensure that learning is revisited and retained over time. Individual lessons cumulatively build towards children building their substantive and disciplinary knowledge to learn more, remember and apply learning, and develop competency and fluency across all curriculum areas.
All school leaders (including subject leaders) work together closely to build a cohesive yet broad and balanced curriculum offer from Early Years to Year 6, which builds upon prior learning and provides children with the knowledge and skills needed for children to take full advantage of opportunities, responsibilities and experiences in later life (including in future employment). Curriculum overviews for each subject area are regularly reviewed to ensure that the full National Curriculum is taught to a high standard, and curriculum planning breaks this down into chunks of sequential learning building towards clearly defined endpoints. All subjects allow time and space for retrieval practice and interleaving of subject areas, to best allow children to recall and apply what they have learned through their time with us. Our curriculum is carefully considered to best meet the needs of our children and their local context, and curriculum reviews always consider this evolving environment.
The acquisition of language skills is of the utmost importance to us here at King Street and opportunities for talk, discussion and debate are central to lessons. Confidence in basic language skills enables children to communicate creatively and imaginatively, preparing them for their future journey through education and beyond. Through the development of these skills, children are equipped with the knowledge and cultural capital to ensure opportunities for a bright future.
Teachers are supported to enhance their own professional development; no single teaching approach is given precedence, instead allowing all staff to employ a range of approaches and strategies to most effectively deliver the curriculum and foster a lifelong love of learning in all our children. Continuing professional development focuses on upskilling our staff, in terms of specific subject knowledge, developments within the professional field, and broader pedagogical theory and practice.
Learning gems underpin our approach to teaching and learning, and these are central to our ethos.