We are committed to delivering an exciting and inspiring curriculum. We have updated our schemes of work to reflect the content and challenge of the new curriculum and teachers have received training in the key areas of curriculum change in order for us to provide an outstanding curriculum for all our pupils.
Our curriculum is taught with the consideration of the needs of all learners. We strive to engage our children through an exciting curriculum which inspires children to develop a passion for learning, adds spark and energy to their lessons and encourages inquisitiveness, confidence and a strong sense of self worth in our pupils.
We place a high emphasis on basic skills and as a result our children achieve well. We aim to produce well-rounded children who can play a positive part as tomorrow’s citizens. We actively promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for others, such as those with different faiths and beliefs.
During the year we have theme weeks, such as Arts Week and Science Week, which allow children to develop their skills in a more focused way. There are also educational trips that reinforce learning taking place in the classroom. We have visits from a range of experts in their field -for example, musicians, historians and artists.
In line with most schools, we work from and develop the National Curriculum to meet our children’s needs. In doing this we try to:
- Provide REAL EXPERIENCES – We believe that children learn by doing, so we take them on lots of educational visits, invite speakers into school, bring in artefacts and interesting objects, use our environment to spark learning.
- Encourage CHILDREN TO TAKE A LEAD- We discuss with children what they want to find out about a topic and once the basics have been covered we ensure that there is time for children to direct how the learning will flow. This isn’t to say that any of the rigour of the learning is lost, quite the opposite – if the children are really wanting to discover more about a topic then the quality is of work produced is often exceptional.
- Develop PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS – We want children to be able to think creatively and question. We believe problem solving is key to their future success and the ability to tackle problems in a range of ways will help them succeed.
- Develop LINKS WITH THE COMMUNITY – Pakeman is an exciting place to come to school and learn; we want children to be aware that they are a central part of our community and have a role to play in that community. They are also part of a bigger national and international community. We have links with the local churches, mosques, with other contrasting communities in the UK and in the wider world.
If you have any questions about what your child is learning at school do not hesitate to arrange a time to discuss it further with your child’s teacher.