Curriculum Overview

“Learning is defined as an alteration in long-term memory. If nothing has been altered in long-term memory, nothing has been learned.” (Kirschner, Sweller and Clarke, 2006) 
 
At Shawley Community Primary, we aim to foster a lifelong love of learning, through adopting a highly practical and cross-curricular approach to learning. Our integrated curriculum aims to deliver a twenty-first century education; one that will equip our children with the skills required to be independent, responsible citizens and to THRIVE in all aspects of their lives. At Shawley we always aim to know more, remember more and do more in all areas of the curriculum. 
 
Every child is recognised as an individual with their own unique learning journey.  We celebrate and welcome the many differences within our school community. We constantly provide enhancement opportunities to engage learning and believe that school should be a happy, investigative and inspiring time in every child’s life where there are no limits to curiosity. From our belief we are able to ensure that our pupils have a real thirst for learning, which is nurtured and embedded by the time they leave our school at the end of Year 6. At Shawley, we have a strong relationship with our local secondary school to ensure a smooth transition and that our pupils are well prepared for the next stage of their education and adulthood.
 
At Shawley, we believe that our curriculum should offer children not only the National Curriculum but life skills and experiences beyond this. We have spent time considering the needs of our children and, when planning learning opportunities, deciding on the approaches that will ensure our children have the best chance at succeeding in life and developing the cultural capital needed to THRIVE.
 
At Shawley, children’s outcomes and experiences are enriched and enhanced through the use of technology across the curriculum.  We believe that our digital skills curriculum should be embedded as part of everyday teaching and learning, rather than taught stand alone as it is something that is constantly changing and evolving. This can be seen through our children being more engaged in their learning and independently selecting the appropriate resources their individually need to help them succeed. Click here to find out more about how technology enhances learning at Shawley. 
 
The curriculum is planned so that there is clear progression in each subject in terms of knowledge and skills as the children move through the phases of the school. Children revisit and build upon previously taught learning and connections between old and new learning are made as well as between individual subjects. 
 
We use the online Cornerstones, Curriculum Maestro platform to support our curriculum planning. Click here to find out more.
 

Further information about the National Curriculum can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-primary-curriculum