Our aim is to provide an excellent education for all our students; Imagine, believe and achieve the ‘best lesson, best day, best year, best future’ is rooted in a desire to bring out the best in all students and prepare them for success in life. Our curriculum is designed to provide all our students with the core knowledge that is the foundation of this success. We aim to maximise their cognitive development, to develop the whole person and the talents of the individual so that Springdale First School children have high aspirations and believe that they can achieve their dreams.
The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school.
At the heart of our curriculum lies a respect for the subjects we teach and for the insight that each provides into the world around us. We teach children how to think, how to criticise, how to be active rather than passive recipients of information; but each of these concepts are taught within the context of the rich knowledge and skills each subject provides.
Our curriculum is taught through the passing of time and as our children travel on the learning journey through our school, our children will travel through periods of time. Within each block of time, children will be able to build on previous concepts, knowledge and skills to enable to learn about significant people, key influences, and gain a coherent understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Each subject will recall and retrieve key knowledge and skills, based on prior learning from the previous time period, building the foundations for future curiosity and enquiry. Children will be able to transfer key skills taught across many subjects, enabling them to further strengthen their understanding in all areas of the curriculum.
Pupils have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents and carers and other learners through school-based and external exhibitions, performances, competitions and events involving other schools. Developing their independence and motivation as learners and their sense of responsibility as future citizens is at the heart of all our teaching and learning.