“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel” – Socrates
The Creative Curriculum at Goodmayes Primary School
Our curriculum is derived from the National Curriculum and enriched to reflect the values that we hold at Goodmayes Primary School. We have designed our curriculum to balance the statutory requirements of the National requirements and the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework within a broad, engaging and exciting curriculum that meets the needs and interests of our pupils.
Goodmayes Primary School curriculum is inclusive, meeting the needs of our diverse community and supporting all pupils to achieve the highest standards and a love of learning.
Through the experiences provided we aim to equip children with the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to live successfully in an ever changing world. Preparing future citizens requires a focus on values, citizenship and an understanding of how our society works and the important part each person plays in this. The ‘big ideas’ that overarch the themes make meaningful links between areas of knowledge across the curriculum and major issues with a local, national and international dimension.
Each year group has planned exciting topics to stimulate a creative and fun approach to learning. Before choosing our topics we talked to the children about what interests them, what they enjoy learning about and how they think they learn best. Each Topic was then carefully chosen for its ability to provide exciting learning opportunities which would capture the imaginations of the pupils and ignite their interest in learning.
Each Topic begins with a Stunning Start, an event or activity that ‘opens–up’ the learning to inspire and engage the children. Topics end with a Fabulous Finish, the learning around that theme is brought to a conclusion with an event that celebrates children’s achievements and learning. This may be an exhibition of work, a performance or a themed day.
Our teaching is child-centred, our pupils are central to all our planning. All classes use a mixture of teaching styles and techniques for quality learning and teaching, independent and collaborative group work are encouraged in all year groups.
Click to view the National Curriculum for Primary Schools
Click to view the Early years foundation stage statutory framework (EYFS)
It is our duty to ensure that children have an absolutely solid, concrete understanding of subject knowledge and skills as well as being emotionally resilient for secondary school. The new curriculum 2014 has raised the standards that pupils are expected to achieve and is more challenging in content for each year group. However it also has meant that learning is at a steadier and deeper pace, ensuring that no child is left behind, as well as providing deeper and richer experiences for children who are above the national expectation for their age.
We focus on all children achieving what is expected of their age group. Children need to be able to understand a concept, apply it in a range of situations to really understand it. Simply going beyond their age group does not guarantee they understand something.
To achieve mastery learning this means working towards:
Teach less, learn more: less teacher talk and more evidencing learning and progress
No child left behind: all children are enabled to keep up every day
Space and time: to experience and apply, with all children entitled to additional support to ensure they do not fall behind or to go deeper
Understanding real life: applications wherever possible to make learning relevant and not abstract; nothing should be taught without a purpose