At Upton Heath C of E Primary School, our curriculum is designed to provide our children with a connected learning experience that is both broad and balanced, and that prepares them for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. We believe that education should be engaging, inspiring, and tailored to the needs of each individual pupil.
Our curriculum is structured around the National Curriculum and underpinned by our Christian Vision and Values. We believe that education should foster a love of learning and a deep respect for others and the world around us. We place a strong emphasis on developing the key skills of communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity, and believe that these skills are best developed through connected learning experiences that we call Curriculum Quests. Each Curriculum Quest has one or two main subject drivers (e.g. history or science) alongside key English literacy objectives, with each Quest lasting between two and four weeks, enabling children to become immersed in their learning and make meaningful connections between different subjects, topics, and activities.
We also provide a range of opportunities for children to engage in practical activities, including outdoor learning, trips and visits, and hands on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) activities. We believe that these experiences not only provide children with valuable skills and knowledge but also help them to remember the learning more effectively.
At the end of each half term, classes take part in an ‘Exhibition’ of their learning. This is an opportunity for children to share what they have learnt with parents, peers and the wider community, giving them a genuine purpose for work that they produce as well as providing an opportunity to revisit their learning and further embed it into their long-term memory. Children are assessed on the key knowledge for each Curriculum Quest using online quizzes that are revisited throughout the year, further helping to ensure that learning is maintained.
We recognise that each child is unique, and we strive to provide a curriculum that meets the needs of all our pupils, regardless of their background or ability. We work closely with parents and carers to support the learning and development of each child providing a range of support and guidance to help them achieve their full potential.
In summary, our curriculum is designed to provide our children with a connected learning experience that engages and inspires them by creating meaningful links between exciting activities and key skills and knowledge. We believe that education is a partnership between the school, the pupils, and their families, and we are committed to providing a supportive and nurturing environment that enables our children to thrive and become, compassionate, confident and responsible citizens.