At Offham Primary School our curriculum is fully underpinned by our five school values. These values, developed in collaboration with pupils, parents, staff members and wider stakeholders, define the qualities we aspire for all pupils at Offham Primary school to demonstrate. We strongly believe that, by embedding these values into everything our pupils learn, experience and aspire to become, we are fully equipping them to be well-rounded individuals who will lead our society forward.
Therefore, our intent at Offham Primary School is to design and deliver a curriculum which enables our pupils to develop key skills for their futures;
Learning how to collaborate and work as part of an effective team,
Learning to be resilient, understanding the purpose of trial and error and the positive ways in which we can learn from our mistakes,
understanding that they will be responsible for finding solutions to the problems and damage caused by past generations,
Developing a strong sense of respect for themselves promoting and developing their own wellbeing and celebrating their individuality
Learning to celebrate the diversity and differences in the world around them, being compassionate and considerate of the views and strengths and needs of others.
In order to ensure that children are enabled, supported and encouraged to develop these key skills, the whole staff and wider stakeholder team at Offham have worked together systematically to design a cohesive, progressive and exciting curriculum for delivery.
All curriculum areas are given equal importance and weighting at Offham, this is because we acknowledge that the best societies and organisations value and make use of a wide and varied range of personal attributes and abilities. We work hard to celebrate and recognise the strengths, and also the progress of all, valuing personal development and encouraging our pupils to challenge themselves. Therefore, each term our curriculum subjects are taught cross curricularly within a ‘context for learning’.
Our ‘contexts for learning’ are overarching topics, carefully selected to appeal to the children’s interests, provide values linked concepts and lessons and, in many cases enable our pupils to base their modern day understanding within a historical, geographical or social context. Our ‘contexts for learning’ are planned carefully to ensure an immersive, inspiring and engaging medium, linked to high quality texts and providing hands on experiential opportunities.
In order to encourage a greater depth of collaboration, both for pupils and staff members, ‘contexts for learning’ are delivered to two year groups each term, on a two year rolling programme. Progression and development of pupil’s skills and correct pitching of expectation is essential, however, in our desire to ensure every pupil is supported in reaching their full potential. Therefore, our ‘contexts for learning’ are underpinned by comprehensive skills progressions for each individual subject area.
These skills progressions, more information about the 'contexts for learning' and about specific schemes and initiatives used at Offham can be found by clicking the below subject specific links: