Curriculum

Curriculum and Aims (for resources linked to specific subjects, please follow the links under the 'Curriculum' tab)

 

Curriculum Intent

Boynton Primary School believes that early childhood is the foundation on which children build the rest of their lives. We have high expectations for all of our children and pride ourselves on the curriculum that we offer. We believe that our curriculum should be Broad and Balanced and that children should have equality of opportunity across the curriculum. At its core, The National Curriculum forms the building blocks of the expectations for each subject. We have also set out very clear expectations for the knowledge and skills expectations in each subject that are to be strived for in each year group. In addition, we have adapted the curriculum to suit the needs of our community and wherever possible, engage the community in being an active part of supporting learning and the development of the school. This has been particularly relevant in our desire to build on reading and experiential learning.

Our children are not 'numbers' and have many different interests and skills; this is a message that has been brought to life through our ‘Investor in Pupils’ award. Opportunities to bring the curriculum to life and expose the children to meaningful learning in a practical context are built in and constantly reviewed. We foster the development of learning behaviours and exposure to experiences that build character. In turn, we aim to develop pupils, who are resilient, creative, supportive and tolerant, who understand how to be a respectful member of a community. As part of our aim to reflect on the needs of our community, we have also agreed as a school, six values that we would like our children to develop whilst they are at our school. These are:

  • Morals
  • Individual Liberty
  • Understanding of Faiths and Cultures
  • Mutual Respect
  • Aspiration
  • Healthy and Safe

We believe that every child should be a confident reader and that a solid foundation in reading enables all children to access every aspect of the curriculum. We want our children to be exposed to a challenging reading curriculum that threads through everything they do. With a rich literary heritage, it is essential that we ensure our children see and use quality examples of reading and see that an ability to read is a right, not a privilege.  Opportunities to use the rich vocabulary that they have learnt in a practical context ensure that our children are confident, articulate speakers.

In summary, our aims are to:

  1. Provide all children with every opportunity to develop their abilities to the full within a caring and supportive community.
  2. Help pupils to acquire the skills of reflection, questioning, persistence and resilience in order to develop lively, enquiring, imaginative and creative minds.
  3. Help pupils to take responsibility for their learning, developing their own self-discipline and positive attitudes, values and beliefs.
  4. Equip pupils with a range of skills which will prepare them for, and inspire them in, life-long learning.
  5. Provide pupils with a Broad and Balanced curriculum that develops their skills and knowledge in all areas of their learning.
  6. Help pupils improve their physical abilities and to understand the importance of a healthy life style.
  7. Develop their understanding of values that we see as specific to the school's needs in order to enhance their understanding of the world, their ability to empathise with and support others to become good citizens.
  8. Foster integrity and respect for others, understanding the interdependence of society and the importance of co-operation and harmonious existence.

INVESTORS IN PUPILS

 

At Boynton, we have always prided ourselves on our reputation as a nurturing village school. We take as many opportunities as possible to challenge our children and helping them to grow in to respectable, caring people, who support each other in their learning is of the upmost importance to us.

This year, we have chosen to follow the ‘Investors in Pupils’ scheme. This is a whole-school approach but is led by the School Council. There are six main areas that we focus on:

  • Behaviour
  • Attendance
  • Learning
  • Induction
  • Classroom Management
  • School Management

In a nutshell, we are encouraging our children to think beyond their own ‘bubble’ and see how we can all work together and take responsibility not only for our own actions but by challenging others and setting examples to them. Already the School Council have set themselves up as an efficient management team with roles such as: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Website Manager. They have ensured that each class has a vision for their own learning and regularly review their roles and responsibilities. They have all produced ‘induction’ materials that welcome new children and visitors and even got the chance to negotiate with the new Head of Education at East Riding Council, in order to put their case forward for securing funds that will help us to develop the school.

They are finding out about staff roles and how the school is managed including how finances/budgets work. They will meet our governors and even interview parents with different careers to understand their roles and how they work to support their teams.

We have also agreed as a school, six values that we would like our children to develop whilst they are at our school. These are:

  • Morals
  • Individual Liberty
  • Understanding of Faiths and Cultures
  • Mutual Respect
  • Aspiration
  • Healthy and Safe

 

Each term, we are focusing on one value and enlisting the help of the community. The church is an excellent source of support for our school and regularly helps with this. We also ensure we have a day off timetable each term, to learn as much as we can as a whole school, about the value we have chosen.

 

It is amazing to see how the children respond to the challenge and how they encourage each other to do their best. I’ve always believed that children are far more capable than we given them credit for. We can’t wait to see how our children develop.