St Edburg's CE Primary School
The School’s Curriculum
“Do not be afraid, for I bring you Good News!” Luke 3:9
Dare to be Wise! School Motto
What we teach, how we teach it and why we teach in the way we do – this is the lifeblood of our school. Threaded through this is the fundamental belief that every child matters, every adult matters and that we are united by a common purpose of enabling each member of our community to flourish. We want to be a school where every member thrives – they do well, they love learning, they have passion and integrity for making the world a better place.
Our School Vision statement is taken from the message of the Angels to the Shepherds recorded in Luke’s gospel. Our curriculum must enable all pupils to contribute to the world and to know that they can make a difference to their own lives and the lives of others. In the current political and economic climate of 2021, our children face many uncertainties, fears and challenges. It can be argued that there is much to be afraid of including War, Poverty, Climate Change, Covid and fragile Mental health. Our curriculum must enable children to think deeply and to motivate them to work creatively to solve problems.
Our Curriculum has 3 key drivers:
We want our children to be aspirational learners who are motivated to learn and who love grappling with puzzles and problems!
We will do this by striving for excellence in all that we do. Each member of the school is committed to providing high quality learning activities and experiences so that children can achieve the best possible outcomes. Learning should be exciting! We want our school to be creative and innovative as well as responsive to the needs of the children. We ensure that children visit museums, exhibitions and art galleries and take opportunities to broaden their experiences in music. The Arts, in all its forms, enables children to be problem solvers, to be creative thinkers and to make sense of the world in a variety of ways. Rich texts are central to our school’s curriculum, enabling children to enjoy reading and benefit from a range of stories, poems and information that deepens their understanding of the world around them.
All children are valued and can make a contribution to the life of the school and the wider world.
Teaching and learning cannot be a ‘one size fits all’ approach but children are valued as individuals and learning programmes are adapted to ensure that all children can develop confidence and celebrate their achievements. Diversity and individual contributions are welcomed and valued. A child centred and nurturing approach builds confidence and self -esteem which are essential to learning. We promote ‘courageous advocacy’ because there aren’t simple answers to the World problems of War, Poverty and Climate change. Our children need to be able to consider, question and challenge and make a response that has impact. Children need to know about other Courageous advocates in all walks of life including Sports, Arts, Politics and Religion. Opportunities to engage in school forums for change enable children to have a voice and to take action.
We want children to be able to interact and engage with learning in different ways.
We are committed to helping children build confidence and compassion and to give them the tools to develop positive mind sets and good habits. Our school will ensure that every child is given learning time outside the classroom and that a love of nature and a responsibility to live sustainably is explored. As a church school we are committed to the development of the whole child. This includes exploring spirituality – what we might think, feel and reflect. Our school welcomes children from different faiths and no faiths – we consider this to be perfectly right and that this diversity widens opportunity for meaningful discussion about belief. We have strong connections with the church community and enjoy sharing worship together at church. We are developing ways of being more contemplative using prayer spaces and different ways of reflecting. We encourage all pupils to take a part in the life of the school and have a range of opportunities to support pupil leadership, initiative and responsibility. We want our children to be active and responsive learners.