Heathrow Primary School, Harmondsworth Lane, Sipson, West Drayton, Middlesex, UB7 0JQ
At Heathrow Primary School we have designed our curriculum with pupils’ learning at the centre. We recognise that a curriculum has to be broad, balanced and offer pupils opportunities to grow as individuals as well as learners.
Through a combination of learning techniques, we aim to ensure pupils enjoy learning and feel prepared for life after school. We recognise that pupils should be challenged in their schooling; learning from failures and celebrating successes. The curriculum is designed to: recognise children’s prior learning, provide first-hand learning experiences, allow the children to develop interpersonal skills, build resilience and become creative, critical thinkers.
It is our belief that children learn best when they have a clear purpose for learning and when lessons are engaging. As a result we have a themed approach to learning. Each term, children are introduced to a new ‘theme’ that encompasses a wide range of skills, subject areas and cross-curricular activities. This approach to learning enables children to fully immerse themselves into a topic that instantly captures their imagination and attention, whilst having the opportunity to draw upon skills from a variety of curriculum areas. Using a cross-curricular approach allows our children to make connections across their learning, leading to deeper learning experiences so that the learning is purposeful and meaningful, and they can apply their reading, writing and mathematical skills across the whole of the curriculum. Our approach is designed to allow pupils to master the skills through each sequence of learning.
Our broad and balanced curriculum is designed to:
Leaders across the school ensure that all subjects are explored in depth through different themes at different points throughout the academic year and through the key stages. Subject leaders work with teachers to ensure that the themes and chosen high quality texts facilitate the quality provision of their subject, and suggest ways to develop the learning journey through the application of skills.
The themes and texts that our curriculum is based upon allow for depth in learning to be maintained in all year groups. Through careful planning we ensure that learning and skills can be planned for and explored in appropriate depth. Enrichment provision is carefully mapped alongside to ensure this adds to the depth of learning.
Progression of skills and curriculum drivers are carefully written by teachers and subject leaders to ensure that progression in skills are mapped across the whole school. This is then monitored, alongside planning and children’s books to ensure that teachers are providing the appropriate level of challenge and progression across the curriculum.
We prepare pupils positively for life in modern Britain and promote the importance and significance of British Values. The social, moral and cultural development of our pupils are woven through the curriculum to give pupils the knowledge and skills to become citizens making a positive contribution to society today.
Miss S Bishop – SMSC/PSHE Lead
Miss M Jenkin – French Lead
Mrs G Phaure – Science Lead
Miss S Vancuylenberg – RE Lead
Miss A-M Tilly – Phonics Lead
Miss S Chowdhury – Computing Lead
Mr M McDowell – Art & DT Lead
Miss K Nayager – Literacy Lead
Miss C Merrett – Humanities Lead
Miss V Moody – Maths Lead
Miss A Powell – Music Lead
Mr D Trueman - PE Lead