Sharp Lane Curriculum
“Aspiration, Belief, Commitment and Discovery”
Our curriculum has landed – Let the journey commence! We are going on a journey to many real or imaginary places where our children will become different types of learners such as Scientist, Historians and Artists to learn knowledge and develop skills whilst exploring and discovering themes within each journey they are on.
At Sharp Lane we are on a journey where we want everyone to ASPIRE to be the best they can be. When children leave school we want them to have confidence and BELIEVE that they can achieve anything they want through hard work and COMMITMENT. Using knowledge and skills they have learnt, we want all children to be independent, lifelong learners and have the confidence to explore and DISCOVER.
At Sharp Lane Primary School, we have worked collaboratively to design our curriculum rationale which is underpinned by our Aims, Values and Vision for our school community and the children within it.
- To ensure that our teaching and learning enables children to flourish in an environment which is friendly, welcoming, well-organised and caring.
- To ensure that all children are able to maximise their learning potential to explore a rich and varied curriculum full of opportunities to explore and develop knowledge, understanding and skills which are transferable across all areas of learning.
- To provide, for every child, a broad, balanced, relevant and challenging learning experience which matches their needs and develops a wide range of skills and knowledge.
- To ensure that our children leave us having acquired academic, social and life skills ready for the next stage in their lives as responsible citizens.
- To build a good working relationship with parents, our local community and other agencies involved in our school.
What are we trying to achieve?
At Sharp Lane, we have designed a curriculum that is not only fun, creative and interesting, but also unique to us. We ensure that our curriculum:
- develops self-confidence, self-motivation and independence, co-operation, collaboration and teamwork.
- Provides exciting but safe and secure spaces, indoor and outdoor, where children can explore, discover and experiment.
- is stimulating and challenging, for every pupil, enabling them to reach their full potential across all areas of learning.
- celebrates the achievements of every child.
- Involves working in partnership with others to meet the needs of all the children and their families.
- Covers all aspects of British life and culture; celebrating differences, diversity, core values and preparing children for life in Modern Britain.
- raises aspirations and a commitment to lifelong learning.
- Develops children who respect all adults in school and their peers.
- explores a wide range of experiences and opportunities.
- Creates happy children who are ready to leave us in year 6 to head out into our ever-changing world, able to make informed choices about their future
- will impact positively on our children’s mental and physical health throughout their time with us.
At Sharp Lane, we have 6 unique Characteristics of Learning and Being which are essential attributes for our children to enable them to fully understand themselves as learners and take charge of their own learning and decision making.
Another key attribute of our school is our ethos. Sharp Lane is a caring, kind and inclusive school where all children and staff members feel safe. Everyone achieves this by following our Sharp Lane Rules at all times:
Pupil Development Centre
Another key part of our caring ethos is our Pupil Development Centre (PDC). Our fantastic pastoral team provide support for pupils and their families, linking with outside agencies where needed to ensure for the safety, mental health and well-being of our children. The PDC lead various interventions to further support those children in need.
How do we organise learning?
The provision we offer is guided by the requirements of the National Curriculum and the requirements of the Local Authority. Our provision takes into account every aspect of a child’s development. The curriculum gives all of our children the opportunity to achieve the highest possible standards of numeracy and literacy which is integrated across all areas of our curriculum. To enable our children to develop socially, morally, physically, emotionally and spiritually, we provide stimulating learning environments in which children are encouraged to learn through their own experiences and apply their knowledge independently. Within this framework of both a broad and balanced curriculum, our planning and progression documents ensure that our curriculum suits the needs of all pupils in school where lessons are practical in real-life contexts where possible to provoke curiosity we want our children to have in order to fully engage in our exciting journey curriculum. The individual needs of each child are met through well planned and varied learning activities, including visits, workshops and specialist tuition.
Teaching for breadth of learning
At Sharp Lane primary school, we carefully design, plan and implement our curriculum to provide balance and breadth across areas of learning to allow for children to develop both academically, personally and socially. It is part of our underlying belief that every child should feel valued and experience feeling success in a wide range of curriculum areas as responsible and resourceful pupils who reflect on their learning, building resilience and taking risk whilst understanding that we learn from our mistakes. In addition to this we want to ensure that our children build and develop and maintain good relationships.
Furthermore, we place high priority on ensuring children’s physical and mental wellbeing are met. We understand that children will not be successful learners unless they are emotionally secure, therefore we work closely with our PDC (Pupil Development Centre) which allows us to adopt a flexible approach so that we can meet and respond to the needs of our pupils.
Our balanced curriculum is not at the expense of high standards in core subjects. Our cross curricular approach to learning ensures that high standards and expectations of our children’s work and outcomes are consistent across all areas of their learning.
Our full, rich and varied curriculum, with its excellent range of experiences, ensures that every pupil at Sharp Lane Primary School makes excellent progress both academically and personally. It is unique to our school and allows our children to flourish.
Beyond the Classroom
We are fully committed to providing the children with a wide and rich range of learning experiences beyond the classroom.
We build opportunities for children to visit museums, galleries, theatres, parks, places of worship and historical landmarks. Not only do our children regularly explore our local area, visiting places such as Middle Park and Woods, we also take full advantage of the wealth of museums and historic buildings in Leeds and the surrounding areas. We expect that all children will participate in all educational visits as it links and enhances their classroom learning.
Specialist Visitors and Projects
Artists, musicians, authors, sports coaches and theatre groups frequently visit Sharp Lane Primary School to work with children, providing specialist support in developing new skills.
We feel it is important that children experience a residential as part of their learning experience to help in their personal and social development. Children get the opportunity to experience a residential within school or an external residential in Years 3, 4, and 6. Parents pay a contribution towards the cost of these.
Teaching for depth of learning
At Sharp Lane Primary school, our progressive curriculum has been carefully designed, organised and planned to ensure that our children are not merely covering the statutory content of the National Curriculum but achieving a depth of learning through the widening and deepening of essentials skills, understanding and concepts thus allowing these to be used across all areas of the curriculum. Within our curriculum, we build in many opportunities for repetition and practise to ensure that children are able to revisit previous learning, which allows them to gradually develop and build upon this to ensure for depth. Our intent is to ensure that our children develop the knowledge and understanding needed in what we must cover statutory from the National Curriculum as a starting point, but to also take their learning deeper to ensure it has ‘stickability’.
Teaching for knowledge, understanding and skills
Our subjects are taught discreetly under our Umbrella Topic (Journey) so that our children are aware of the many subjects within our curriculum and the skills within these (both subject specific and transferable), alongside knowledge and understanding. We plan very carefully to always ensure there are purposeful links to interweave subjects where it naturally fits. This ensures that planning and learning is sequenced appropriately to help support understanding and for progression and to allow children to be able to obtain knowledge whilst applying the skills necessary and vice versa.