Goldsworth Primary School Curriculum
Whilst we follow the national curriculum, it is unique because it is inspired by and reflects our vision to be ‘GOLD’.
The rationale for the curriculum at Goldsworth is inspired by and reflects our vision to be ‘GOLD’. We believe it helps children to grow together socially, emotionally and spiritually as individuals as well as one community. It provides many and varied opportunities for all children, no matter their need or interest or preferences. Music, sport, arts, humanities and science are all encouraged and explored and we always provide opportunities for different styles of learning.
We create learners for life by ensuring that our curriculum is relevant and purposeful and prepares children for the next stages of their lives and beyond. Special weeks, such as ‘Enterprise Week’, teach children skills they can apply to tasks beyond school. Our curriculum is highly aspirational and challenges all children to ‘Dare to Dream’. We want them to be challenged to imagine possibilities beyond their own experience.
Our whole curriculum is bound together by both the school values and British values on which we place so much emphasis and which make us a positive, successful community of learners. Above all, our curriculum is designed to help every single child to ‘Be the Best they Can Be’ in all areas of their lives. The graphic shows how all these elements fit together to form the Goldsworth curriculum vision.
Teachers plan the curriculum around the needs of our children and have the freedom to adapt the curriculum in response to the children’s interests. Individual teachers can bring their own interests into the curriculum and these may shape certain aspects of the curriculum, for example, a teacher who has spent some years living in Japan will inspire the children more about this country than another. In order to ensure continuity and progression across subjects, each curriculum area has a Curriculum Innovation team and the whole curriculum is monitored and improved by our Assistant Head responsible for the curriculum.
In Early Years, we follow the EYFS curriculum and from Key Stage 1, we follow the national curriculum and teach the ‘core’ subjects of English, Maths, Science, Physical Education (P.E.) and Computing. Our ‘foundation’ subjects are: Art, Design Technology, Geography, History, Music, Modern Foreign Languages (MFL), Religious Education, Personal Social Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE).
Values are integral to our curriculum. What know is that values must be at the heart of the way forward because these will shape the kinds of people our children turn out to be. We know that their values and learning skills will be the key as to whether they can make the best of their learning in the future. Our school values, which we agreed upon together at our school development planning day with parents, governors and pupils, underpin all learning at school as they form our attitudes towards learning and each other.
In addition to the well planned and comprehensive curriculum delivered by our outstanding teaching staff, our TAs and specialist teachers deliver the following learning experiences: Forest Schools, tennis coaching, specialist sports coaching, trumpet and clarinet lessons and gardening. All children have swimming lessons twice a year in our newly improved swimming pool. All children in the juniors have the opportunity to access a residential trip once a year.