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Curriculum Intent Statement

The Knowledge Rich Curriculum

At Glusburn we deliver a broad and balanced curriculum where knowledge building is at the heart. In all curriculum areas, lessons are sequentially planned so that knowledge is acquired first and later applied to skills. Our long term plans ensure mastery of subjects where progression is built on and deepened year on year and children successfully ‘learn the curriculum’.  

Delivery and Assessment to Develop Memory

In the classroom we foster and nurture a child’s semantic memory through use of repetition and revisits, STEM sentences and focused lessons where the memory is not over loaded. Our learning culture is built on assessment for learning and the belief in the vital importance of questioning when providing feedback. We plan in regular ‘low stake’ assessments and use ‘interleaved practice’ in order to strengthen memory by revisiting at gradually increasing intervals. To further raise the profile of education and to support the capacity of working memory, we are creating a distraction free learning environment.

Creativity and Inclusion

Although ‘knowing more’ is our key driving factor, creativity also permeates our curriculum. Teachers plan opportunities in all subjects for pupils to think in different ways; find different solutions; make links and connections between subjects and information and imaginatively use and apply knowledge. This is achieved by teachers presenting concepts and key knowledge in a variety of ways. This approach meets the needs of all groups of children in school, including disadvantaged and SEND and allows us to effectively close individual learning gaps faced by these children.

Teaching Pedagogy

Dialogic talk is a vital ingredient to our curriculum, stemming from our ‘Talk for Learning’ approach. Our delivery of English focusses on the oral retelling of various text types to embed these texts structures fully in the memory before developing writing throughout school. Similarly, in foundation subjects, talk plays a central role in our children developing their learning and confidence. This helps to embed their core communication skills, subsequently developing articulate citizens. Additionally, in maths, collaborative learning and talk partners are used successfully to encourage talk when problem solving.

Creating Global Citizens through Cultural Capital

Our children leave Glusburn as independent and resilient learners full of curiosity and wonder. We hold reading at the centre of our curriculum and aim to encourage wider, more avid and life-long readers. To do this, we choose texts which explore many social, emotional and cultural issues thus developing the cultural capital of our children. We nurture the intrinsic links between pupils, parents and school, striving to help our children become respectful and kind citizens on a local and global scale with a central focus on the UNICEF Rights of the Child.



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