Our Cowick Curriculum Intent
The intention of our curriculum is to provide our children with the knowledge, skills and opportunities they need to lead successful lives. Our vision is to create learners for life who can take advantage of all opportunities presented to them in life. Our Cowick Curriculum is carefully designed to provide the pupils of our school with a broad, balanced and enriching curriculum underpinned by our values of Hope, Peace and Love.
We have carefully planned to retain the core function of the National Curriculum through topics which support a sequence and logical progression of learning. Individual subjects are linked through common themes. This creative way of learning provides children with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and understanding, which is built on over time. The high standards expected and attained are reflected in the high quality work children produce which capture the essence of our curriculum. Our Cowick Curriculum builds knowledge and skills which are progressive over the year and through the years, allowing all children to embed their learning and demonstrate what they know and remember.
Fundamental British Values (FBV) and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) understanding are integral to our curriculum.
We enhance and enrich our curriculum with educational visits, visitors, real life experiences and outdoor education wherever as we can. Community involvement is very important to us and we endeavour to invite as many families and visitors as we can to join us on our learning journey.
Our children are given the opportunity to develop as well-rounded individuals where diversity and all children’s talents are nurtured and celebrated.
Children will leave Cowick Primary School as inquisitive learners with high aspirations. They know how to be good citizens within their community and the wider world.
Above all, we endeavour for our children to grow with a love and sense of responsibility for themselves and those around them. We want children to be able to appreciate and celebrate their individuality and abilities, and those of others, recognising that together they can truly shine as one.
Hope: Children at Cowick will be aspirational learners, unafraid to challenge themselves and make mistakes so that learning can take place. Our children will be full of ambition as they learn to be resilient and independent. They will have opportunities to develop their character and build their own set of personal values. Children at Cowick will be hopeful for their futures and have aspirations to lead successful lives.
Love: Children will be curious about themselves, their families, their local area, their world. Our children will develop a love for learning which they will take with them through life. Their memories will grow as they retain their learning, apply their skills and develop links in their knowledge. They will have opportunities to develop their vocabulary and deepen their knowledge about the topics they study.
Peace: Our children will learn to be kind to others, to show compassion and to celebrate diversity. They will learn to cultivate and nurture their own mental health and well-being and as a result of this, should be well-equipped to support others. They will learn to appreciate and celebrate the rich cultural tapestry of our world. Children will leave Cowick valuing and respecting our differences and be well prepared for life in modern Britain. Our children will learn to discuss and explore the wider global aspects such as ending wars, working for peace and peacekeeping; talking not fighting.
They will understand the importance of sustainability and protecting the planet for their future and the active role that they must play in this.
Our children will also learn how Christians become at peace with God – including forgiveness.
Our Two Year Long Term Plan
Our school is organised into 4 mixed age classes Earth (EYFS & Reception), Air (Year 1 & 2), Water (Year 3 & 4) and Fire (Year 5 & 6). In order to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum and to avoid repetition within each class, we teach using a 2 year cycle.