Intent

Stanborough Primary School & Nursery provides a positive learning community delivered through partnership which believes in the uniqueness of each child. We aim to nurture the spiritual, cultural and emotional well-being of each individual within a caring and safe environment. We are committed to a process of continual improvement promoting aspiration, confidence and enjoyment.

Big Ideas

Humankind

Understanding what it means to be human and how human behaviour has shaped the world.

Nature

Understanding the complexities of the plant and animal species that inhabit the world.

Processes

Understanding the many dynamic and physical processes that shape the world.

Place

Understanding the visual, cultural, social, and environmental aspects of places around the world.

Creativity

Understanding the creative process and how everyday and exceptional creativity can shape the world.

Comparison

Understanding how and why things are the same or different.

Investigation

Understanding the importance of investigation and how this has led to significant change in the world.

Significance

Understanding why significant people, places, events and inventions matter and how they have shaped the world.

Materials

Understanding the properties of all matter, living and non-living.

Change

Understanding why and how things have changed over time.

Mission Statement

Our curriculum is broad, balanced, flexible, exciting, relevant, inclusive and well planned. We ensure it enables pupils to make a significant contribution to their school, their community and the wider world.

General Principles

Our curriculum will give the children the opportunity to:

  • develop and demonstrate their creativity
  • develop new skills through a variety of interesting contexts
  • experience the challenge and enjoyment of learning
  • learn within a coherent and progressive framework
  • see clear links between different aspects of their learning
  • explore the breadth and depth of the national curriculum

SMSC/FBV

Our curriculum will give the children the opportunity to:

  • Spiritual – Explore beliefs, experience and faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity and reflect on experiences
  • Moral – Recognise right and wrong and respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues and offer reasoned views
  • Rule of law – Learn that all people and institutions are subject to and accountable for their actions and behaviour
  • Tolerance and respect – To respect and tolerate the opinions or behaviour of others
  • Individual liberty – Be free to express views or ideas
  • Social – Use a range of social skills to participate in the local community and beyond; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict
  • Democracy – Be part of a system where everyone plays an equal part
  • Cultural – Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain’s parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity

Well-being

Our curriculum will give the children the opportunity to:

  • follow their own interests and be themselves
  • learn how to respect themselves and others
  • develop self-esteem and confidence in their abilities
  • reflect and think mindfully about their learning
  • work in a range of groups and settings
  • recognise that people are good at different things
  • learn in a peaceful and supportive environment

Pupil Voice

Our curriculum will give the children the opportunity to:

  • make a positive contribution to the school and local community
  • explore ways of becoming an active citizen
  • express their opinions on a range of different topics and issues
  • contribute to planning their own learning
  • take part in democratic activities across the curriculum
  • make choices about things that are important to them
  • say what they like and dislike about their learning
  • take part in age-appropriate discussions

Pedagogy

Our curriculum will be taught through a pedagogy that:

  • enables and fosters children’s natural curiosity
  • excites, promotes and sustains children’s interest
  • promotes innovation and entrepreneurialism
  • enables children to reflect on and evaluate their learning
  • promotes problem solving, creativity and communication

Enrichment

We will enrich our curriculum by:

  • holding specialist curriculum days or weeks
  • offering opportunities for children to learn outdoors
  • developing partnerships with external providers that extend children’s opportunities for learning
  • welcoming parents and carers to take part in children’s learning and experiences
  • providing on and off-site subject or topic related activities

Music

Music is said to be good for the soul, which is something we firmly adhere to by allowing pupils to take part in a range of activities including choir, instrumental groups and various music-based clubs. Performing, whether alone or in a group, brings joy and builds self-confidence. It also creates an immense sense of achievement and well-being.

Children acquire the foundation of their musical education through lessons held weekly. We actively promote individual instrumental lessons and our proximity to the Stanborough School of Music means pupils benefit from tuition by a number of their highly skilled musicians.

Enrichment

Happy, well-rounded individuals with social and personal skills to step confidently into life’s journey are what we aspire to produce. We deliver this through a programme of extra-curricular clubs, trips, projects, fundraisers and workshops just as wide-ranging and stimulating as the work we do during the school day.

Drama

Drama is a fun way to learn about life, how to make your voice heard and express yourself physically and emotionally. Our young performers share their talents in a variety of events throughout the year, including special events at Harvest, Christmas and at the end of the academic year. A specialist teacher teaches children from Nursery to Year 6 drama weekly. The lessons promote speech, communication and presentation skills, alongside teamwork and critical thinking. Children develop listening and concentration skills as they share ideas.