As a Trust, we believe that learning is like overlapping waves: A gradual ebbing and flowing of the frequencies of alternative ways of thinking, with new approaches being added and old ones being eliminated as well. New rules / strategies / theories and ways of thinking wash through our minds like waves sometimes obliterating what was there before, sometimes pushing suddenly forward in great surges.
At Charlestown Primary School we plan a curriculum that is based on first-hand experience, which excites the pupils and engages them in learning. The curriculum includes all the planned activities that we organise in order to promote learning, personal growth and development. It includes not only the formal curriculum but also the range of extra-curricular activities that the school organises in order to enrich the experience of the children. It also includes what the children learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave. We aim to teach children how to grow into positive, responsible citizens, who value and can work and co-operate with others while developing knowledge and skills, so that they achieve their true potential. This statement is directed towards all members of the school community to ensure that all are aware of the fundamental principles underpinning the work of our school.
The uniqueness of every child is valued. Our curriculum is designed to promote respect for the views of each individual child and for people of all cultures and races. We value the spiritual and moral development of each person, as well as their intellectual and physical growth.
The main principles on which we base our curriculum are:
The school curriculum is designed to achieve the two broad aims of the National Curriculum:
These two aims reinforce each other. The personal development of pupils spiritually, morally, socially and culturally plays a significant part in the ability to learn and achieve. Development in both areas is essential to raising standards of attainment for all pupils.
Statement of Content
The school will provide a broad, balanced, relevant and coherent curriculum.