Curiosity – harnessing children’s natural inquisitiveness and love for exploration through an immersive curriculum will create active learners who never stop wanting to learn more.
Hope – building positive mental health, resilience and setting aspirational goals to make a positive impact on the world they live.
Opportunity – creating experiences and wonderful memories developing confident people who bravely seek out their own opportunities to forge their future.
Trust – investing in positive relationships to become respectful, compassionate people ready and prepared to live and make a difference to our world.
Encouraging curiosity in our school community will enable the pupils to take control of their learning and allow teachers the flexibility to be effective facilitators. It also strongly opens the way for deep and meaningful questioning, exploration, and evaluation. Hope will ensure that we aspire to challenge and aim high but also supports a positive mental health. We will ensure that the curriculum provides opportunity for experiences, practice, application, and fun. Through trust we give teachers autonomy to develop their own practice and share this practice with others, by giving trust to our pupils we allow them to become more independent and self-sufficient learners as well as giving them the skills and experience they need to be responsible citizens.
Our curriculum statement and map, which contains information on the school curriculum for each academic year in each subject, can be viewed here:
At Priory School, we understand that learning and development come hand in hand. We adapt our teaching and the environment to provide meaningful learning opportunities for all pupils appropriate to their developmental stage. We have developed a teaching and learning approach that progresses with the child. We do not expect our 5-year-olds to learn in the same way as our 11-year-olds. We believe all children flourish when they are happy, safe and are in the centre of their own learning. We value the importance of play in a child’s development. Whatever their age, opportunity for play and social interactions are key to a child’s overall sense of wellbeing and achievement. We ensure our pupils have opportunities to learn through active and immersive experiences to make links and consolidate learning.
Our teaching is underpinned by our values: curiosity, hope, opportunity, and trust. At Priory School, we foster a culture of courageous teaching and learning and inspire curiosity by making learning fun and purposeful. In our school there is a culture of trust because our staff build strong positive relationships with our pupils and each other. It is through these connections our pupils learn how to manage feelings and behaviour in a safe and trusting environment. Together we celebrate the diversity of our community through school events. The curriculum is under constant evaluation using the following questions to support our monitoring and review:
- Are the units of work engaging and interesting to the pupils?
- Have we under or overestimated their abilities skills or knowledge?
- Are the resources age appropriate and accessible to all?
- Are we giving pupils the opportunity to work in greater depth?
- Are pupils producing good quality work?
- Are we building resilience and independence?
- Are we ensuring that pupils learn in sufficient depth to embed skills and knowledge in their long term memory?
- Are we enabling pupils to articulate their learning through high quality classroom talk?
- Be positive about Maths at home – Don’t say things like ‘I always hated Maths’ or ‘I never understood Maths’ because that might make your child start to think that themselves.
- Find Maths in everyday life –Help your child to understand how important Maths is by including them in Maths at home for example working out the change you should get and reading timetables.
- Praise your child –Even if your child is struggling to get the answer right, encourage them to keep trying and they will improve.
- If you struggle with Maths yourself –Read through the Priory Calculation Policy and see how your child is being taught at school.
Please click the pictures below for links to our in school and homework Maths platforms, Mathletics and Rock Star Times Tables.
https://login.mathletics.com/ – Mathletics
https://ttrockstars.com/ – Times Table Rock Stars
http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks1numeracy.html – KS1 suitable activities
http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2numeracy.html – KS2 suitable activities
https://mathsframe.co.uk/ – Primary Games for KS1
http://primarygamesarena.com/Years/Key-Stage-2 Primary Games for KS2