Curriculum Intention

Gayton Primary School
Curriculum Intention 

 Motto:Positive Minds, Positive Futures’

During their time at Gayton Primary, our pupils will experience a curriculum that: 
 
  • Is designed to provide a broad and balanced education that meets the needs of all pupils and gives them the skills, memorable knowledge and understanding to prepare them for their future lives. 
  • Ensures that academic success if underpinned through the three key drivers of our curriculum: the environment, personal development and democracy. 
  • Enables progression to become embedded within a creative curriculum which excites and motivates children encouraging them to reflect and utilise their prior learning whilst making connections to future learning.
  • Promotes physical development, well-being and mental health which are the key elements that support the development of the whole child and promote a positive attitude to learning.
  • Ensures full potential is reached and is accessible for all abilitiies, regardless of starting points or backgrounds. 
  • Celebrates the diversity and utilises the skills, knowledge and cultural wealth of the community while supporting the pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. 
  • Encourages children to be confident and take risks in their learning. 
  • Is underpinned by our commitment to a values- based education, which permeates our work with the children as well as our relationships within our school community and our relationships with visitors. 
Curriculum drivers: 
These 3 drivers are going to be central to our newly designed curriculum and will be continually referenced. 
 
Environment: 

Location. Location. Location! We are so fortunate that our school is in such an amazing part of the country. Our immediate locality offers a wealth of geographical and historical opportunities. We don’t have to look very far to find one peninsula, two rivers, two cities and even another country.  Such an incredible area demands to be explored and it is our intention that our children will leave school with a thorough understanding of where they live.

We want our children to understand and appreciate  the immediate environment of the school (Heswall) and then expand their learning to develop a broader knowledge of our near neighbours (Liverpool, Chester and Deeside) and look at the impact of these places on the community today. We aim to further develop children’s locational knowledge of the UK, Europe and other continents. We want our children to make a direct, positive impact on the environment and to be aware of how  the actions of others may affect the environment both nationally and globally.

Personal development

Every year we welcome a new cohort to our school.  The seven years they are with us seem to race by and all too soon, we have to say farewell to the children we have nurtured throughout their time at Gayton. The future will place many demands on our pupils and we aim to help them prepare for life beyond primary school by developing a sense of self and purpose whilst recognising the importance of the community around them, society as a whole, and their role within it.

Relationships lie at the heart of all human experiences and interaction. It is therefore vitally important that all children are helped to learn the social skills needed to interact successfully with other people. They need opportunities and encouragement to look at the world from the perspective of others and to develop empathy. Successful learning can be a social experience where individuals learn from more experienced others (both adults and children).  Children who have the skills to interact well with others can tap into a huge resource to support their learning.

Good mental health is fundamental to be able to thrive in life and our motto ‘Positive Minds, Positive Futures’ recognises the need for our pupils to understand the importance of emotional well-being.  Quite simply, good mental health helps us to cope with life’s ups and down.

Democracy:

“So, what do you think?”

Discussion is something our children love to participate in. They know we value their opinions and they love to tell us (and their classmates) what they think.   But we want to develop that further and encourage our pupils to make informed, considered opinions.

In a healthy democratic society, everyone can have a say. One fundamental principle of democracy in our school is that it allows children to participate in decisions that affect their lives whilst recognising there will be times when not everyone will agree. We want our children to take part in the decisions that affect the way our school community is run.To this end, we have a proactive school council and enthusiastic Eco team.

We aim to develop our children’s understanding of global citizenship and to appreciate our place in the world whilst encouraging our pupils to have a sense of personal and social responsibility (a direct link to their personal development).   Mutual respect and tolerance involves acknowledging our similarities and celebrating our differences and therefore our pupils should acquire an understanding of how democratic procedures have shaped and have continued to shape history.