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- Confident Communicators
- Our World
- Broad Horizons
- Empowered Citizens
- The Past, The Present & Our Future
The teaching of English at Knights Primary is designed to grow motivated, fluent and confident communicators as well as to to instill in children a love of writing, reading, speaking which are attributes that will improve their quality of life. Our English curriculum broadens pupils’ horizons and introduces them to a wide range of topics, themes and issues using a range of high-quality texts. This develops pupils’ understanding of their world – past, present and future. Teaching provides the skills all pupils need to develop a secure knowledge in literacy which enables a clear pathway of progression through the primary curriculum. We aim to expose children to a rich and varied range of vocabulary so that they can decipher new words and use them when speaking formally or informally. Over time, children will build significant cultural capital, become critical thinkers and develop judgement. We believe that secure literacy skills are crucial to a high-quality education and through this insight we give our pupils the cultural capital they need to become empowered members of society.
Our aim at Knights Primary, is to ensure that all pupils are given the opportunity to develop their mathematical potential through a rich, engaging curriculum. We believe that every pupil can be a strong mathematician and that no child should be left behind. We aspire to develop lively, enquiring minds, encouraging pupils to use a range of methods to efficiently solve any problem. Our aim is to enable the pupils to become confident communicators who can articulate their understanding. We are certain that these skills will broaden their horizons and assist them to be successful in each phase of their education and beyond.
We want our children to ‘master’ their understanding of mathematics and be able to make links with different concepts to support their calculations. We teach our pupils to be able to build on their prior knowledge, which will enable them to solve problems in the present and to think confidently about mathematics in their future studies.
Alongside this, we strive to develop pupils’ mathematical language and their ability to select different mathematical approaches and strategies to solve problems and to be able to apply the necessary skills for computation and recording and to use them with understanding. Language forms a large part of this, and we aim to enhance their understanding and knowledge by ensuring exposure to rich and challenging vocabulary. Our pupils will therefore become empowered citizens in their communities, who can confidently use a range of skills to tackle any challenges they encounter.
Science has helped form the world that we live in today. We want our children to think about science not as a subject but as a way of life and to become passionate investigators and enquire about the world around them. Our aim is to make the children confident communicators, making connections and building knowledge about our community, local area and our planet.
We want our children to look to the past for inspiration, work at solving problems in the present and think boldly ahead to an exciting future full of possibilities. We will equip our children with the knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science. To develop our children into confident young scientists, we want them to understand that the small details help to form the big picture in science.
We aim to provide our children with scientific knowledge and experiences that can be transferred to all areas of their education. We want to develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them. Through science, we broaden horizons so children can see the possibilities of human discovery.
Our children will be empowered citizens of the world, confidently making decisions based on their deep knowledge and understanding of science whatever they encounter in their lives.
At Knights Primary, we aim to foster a life-long love of music by providing our pupils with a variety of musical experiences. Through our high-quality music curriculum and dedicated music room, we aim to produce creativity, confidence, and self-expression. Pupils learn to perform using their voices and pitched and unpitched instruments. They confidently communicate their ideas through improvisation and composition, creating melodic and rhythmic phrases both individually and as part of a group. By learning a range of instruments, pupils recognise and use a range of musical notation.
Pupils develop their listening and appraisal skills to express their own ideas about music and identify increasingly complex musical features. Pupils learn about different influential composers from the past and present from different traditions and musical genres.
At Knights Primary, our computing curriculum aims to equip pupils with the life-long skills that will enable them to embrace and utilise new technology in a socially responsible and safe way. Our curriculum equips pupils with computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. We recognise that technology is rapidly changing and we ensure pupils learn up-to-date skills using a range of programs and technologies. Technology helps broaden pupils’ horizons by opening them to a range of possibilities in a digital world. By becoming autonomous, digitally literate users of computing technologies, we aim to develop pupils who are analytical, creative, critical thinkers and problem solvers. Now more than ever, we understand that providing children with the digital thinking knowledge and skills is absolutely essential, in order for them to operate in an ever changing and advancing society.
Design & Food Technology
At Knights Primary, pupils develop their curiosity, creativity and problem solving skills through our inspiring Design Technology curriculum. Pupils learn how design technology impacts all aspects of our lives and develop their critical thinking as future designers. Pupils design, make and evaluate purposeful, functional products that help them perceive themselves as empowered citizens in coming up with creative solutions to challenges linked to the world they live in. Pupils work individually and collaboratively to create and evaluate, becoming confident communicators as they explore their ideas. We believe cooking is a life skill and opportunities to learn culinary skills are taught discretely and cross-curricular opportunities are also encouraged. Children link their knowledge of food technology with PE, science and RSHE and understand that nutrition is pivotal to wellbeing.
Art allows pupils to express themselves, develop their curiosity and become critical thinkers. At Knights Primary, we teach art and design as a discreet subject and encourage pupils to work creatively across all subject areas. We aim to expose our pupils to the works of the world’s best artists from past and present so they can discover their own creativity and fulfil their potential. Pupils are taught a wide range of skills and techniques which they master over time through experimentation and working creatively. Staff have ambition for all students, regardless of their starting point and provide a wide-ranging curriculum supported by a dedicated art space. Pupils learn to use art as a form of self-expression and to confidently communicate their ideas and interpretations of the world around them. Pupils are taught about a wide range of arts, crafts and trades in order to broaden their horizons and raise their aspirations.
At Knights Primary, we provide a high-quality physical education curriculum that inspires all pupils from Reception to Year 6 and allows them to excel in a range of physically demanding, enjoyable and competitive activities that help them to develop their health, physical fitness and mental wellbeing, preparing them for the future ahead. Our activities will help pupils build character and help embed values such as mutual respect, aspiration and achievement. We aim to ensure all children will develop their subject knowledge, skills and understanding, so they are able to communicate with increasing confidence, actively participate in their learning, achieve success in team and independent situations and fulfil their potential. We aim to establish a positive and rewarding experience of physical education for all pupils and ensure they can embed the attitudes, values and principles into their own lifestyles, helping to broaden their horizons and inform choices in their everyday life.
At Knights Primary, Religious Education helps expand pupils’ knowledge about faiths and religions so that they can further understand the local and wider world around them and become increasingly confident when communicating their own ideas and beliefs. Pupils will learn core concepts in religion and beliefs, exploring the ways they have shaped our lives and our behaviour over time and continue to do at present. Through our curriculum, pupils will develop their understanding of faiths, moral issues and diversity within our society and develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religions. Pupils will have the opportunity to examine religious traditions as well as non-religious world views, broadening their horizons by understanding how their own beliefs and world views will help shape the future. The taught curriculum works alongside fundamental British values, providing pupils with a platform to discuss and confidently communicate their rights and responsibilities as empowered citizens and reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences.
Our intention is that when children leave Knights Primary, they will do so with the knowledge, understanding and emotions to lead confident, healthy, and independent lives. We want children to broaden their horizons, have a belief in themselves and reach their true potential through hard work and perseverance. In an ever–changing world, it is important that they are aware, to an appropriate level, of several factors which will affect their world and that they learn how to deal with these.
PSHE prepares children for the modern-day world and this is developed through our curriculum which is mainly underpinned by one of our drivers ‘empowered citizens’. Relationships and Sex Education enables our children to learn how to be safe, and to understand and develop healthy relationships, both now and into adulthood. Woven through the heart of our PSHE teaching, is a commitment to our values of, aspiration and achievement, personal responsibility, self-discipline, and mutual respect. Through engagement in a range of PSHE topics and activities, pupils are empowered to know themselves, make informed choices and confidently communicate their needs so they fulfilled and fruitful lives.
Humanities: Geography & History
By inspiring curiosity and fascination in the world around us, we will create enthusiastic geographers. Pupils will investigate the local and global backdrops to their lives, developing tools of discovery and location which they’ll use in their old age, gaining cultural capital and becoming empowered citizens of our world. Through the study of geography, we develop a strong sense of place and scale, allowing pupils to become globally aware and understand how places change over time. By engaging pupils with a deeper learning of geographical concepts, they are encouraged to be independent with their enquiries and go on to apply their knowledge and skills as they grow and broaden their horizons. Through understanding of human processes, physical geography, and their interconnected nature; pupils are encouraged to participate actively in their community; contribute to solving environmental issues and communicating confidently with others about real world issues. This study of geographical issues supports the emotional and ethical development of students, while also allowing them to solve problems and show creativity and resourcefulness.
History fires pupils’ curiosity to ask questions and know more about Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Pupils will develop a chronological framework of British history as they move through Knights Primary, and this will enable them to make sense of the new knowledge they acquire. This will also allow them to understand the process of change, how we got to the ‘here and now’ and to understand what came before. This will empower our pupils to have a solid understanding of the past, the present and our future. We want pupils to realise that history can impact judgement and decision making and by understanding the past we can make the world a better place in the future. History’s unique concepts help pupils to be confident communicators by constructing arguments - supporting them to become analytical citizens who can question human motivation and society with skill and confidence.
Modern Foreign Languages
We live in a multicultural, interconnected world so learning a language enables our children to be active participants in our communities both at home and further afield. We strive to ensure children at Knights Primary are empowered citizens speaking to people in other languages with confidence.
We want children to gain enjoyment, pride and a sense of achievement; explore and apply strategies to improve their learning and explore their own cultural identities and those of others.
MFL plays an important role in underpinning children's capabilities in oracy, which is critical to becoming confident communicators. Our aim is to create enthusiastic learners and develop positive attitudes to language learning throughout life.
Learning a language builds up self-esteem, shapes children's ideas about the world they live in and gives them a new perspective on their own language. It leads to an awareness that language has a structure, and that this structure differs from one language to another.
Our children will go into the world feeling confident, empowered citizens acquired through the ability to speak an additional language with deep knowledge and understanding of that language.
Through our MFL teaching, we broaden children’s horizons and make them aware of themselves as global citizens. Learning the history of a language, applying that knowledge to practice and speak a language with peers and looking forward to applying that understanding in their travels in the future is what we strive to achieve.
At Knights Primary, we believe that our youngest learners deserve the best possible start to their education. We provide an exciting and engaging environment that motivates our children to be active in their learning, building resilience, perseverance and critical thinking. Children are encouraged to play, explore and thrive by building secure and safe relationships with their teachers, friends and wider school community. Developing confident communicators is at the heart of our work. Our rich learning environments encourage children to develop curiosity in the world around them. Our ambitious curriculum broadens children’s horizons by providing opportunities to engage in a range of experiences linked to a broad variety of topics. We believe that by giving our children strong foundations in early years, they will develop on to become global citizens and have a positive impact on the world around them.
At Knights Primary, we recognise that the ability to read fluently is the prerequisite of our curriculum. Our aim is to ensure pupils become confident and enthusiastic readers, writers and communicators. Through daily, systematic and consistent high-quality synthetic phonics teaching, children learn to segment words to support their spelling ability and blend sounds to read words. The ability to read broadens pupils’ horizons by opening up a world of text. We teach our children to develop a strong phonic awareness and effective blending and decoding skills, and have chosen to use a synthetic phonics programme called Read, Write, Inc which is a method of learning centred on letter sounds and phonics, blending sounds together to read and spell words and applying these skills across the curriculum. Using Read Write, children learn to read fluently so they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. The ability to read and write independently is not only the key to accessing the rest of the curriculum, but undeniably raises self-esteem and increases life chances.