Breadth and Balance in our Curriculum Design

All pupils at Fellside Community Primary School have access to a broad, balanced and curriculum which is relevant to 21st century life and which encourages children to become lifelong learners. Differentiated to meet individual needs, we seek to ensure that all children are ‘secondary ready’ when they leave our school at the end of Year 6. Equipping our children with the skills and knowledge to innovate and meet future challenges underpins much of what we do. Enriching the curriculum with first hand experiences, pertinent educational visits and expert visitors further brings learning to life for Fellside children.

Through the development of our curriculum, we seek

  • To create a lively stimulating school where every individual is encouraged to maximise their opportunities for intellectual, moral, spiritual, physical, aesthetic and social development.
  • To support pupils in order to achieve high academic and personal standards.
  • To help pupils to develop lively, enquiring minds with the ability to question and argue rationally and to apply themselves successfully to tasks, problem solving activities and physical skills.
  • To help pupils to understand the world in which they live and to develop the ability to contribute as a member of a co-operative group and to recognise their responsibility within a community.
  • To help pupils to acquire knowledge and skills relevant to adult life, at home, at work, at leisure and as consumers and as citizens in order to achieve maximum potential.
  • To encourage the pupil to acquire values, attitudes and concepts which enable the individual to adapt to life in Britain and in a fast changing wider world.
  • To encourage a respect for all and an understanding of various religions and cultures present in our modern society.

Our curriculum is designed, organised and planned to ensure every child receives an appropriate mix of academic and personal development which means that in practice it places equal importance on core (reading, writing, maths) and foundation subjects (e.g. history, geography, art etc.)  We also place a high priority on ensuring the physical and mental well-being of children is met, understanding that they will not be successful learners unless they are emotionally secure.  We provide for this through our well-planned approach to social, moral, cultural and spiritual (SMSC) development. Our balanced approach to the curriculum is not, however, at the expense of high standards in core subject areas.  Enabling children to reach national expectations and above is of vital importance to us if they are to succeed at the next stage of their education and go on to achieve their aspirations

The statutory orders of the National Curriculum are taught in Years 1 to 6. The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is taught to children in Nursery and Reception. A Modern Foreign Language (French) is taught in Key Stage 2.

Curriculum Depth

At Fellside we seek to ensure the crucial deepening of essential knowledge, skills and understanding through our curriculum design.  We plan and organise our curriculum to ensure that children are not merely covering curriculum content, but are achieving a depth to their learning which enables them to apply their skills and understanding across a range of contexts and subjects.  We build in opportunities for repetition of learning, allowing children to gradually develop a deeper understanding of skills and processes within subjects.  Furthermore, our curriculum is planned to move children’s thinking to a deep level of understanding rather than just acquiring new facts and knowledge.


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