Grassington Primary’s curriculum is closely designed around our vision statement and has been developed to support the individual needs of our community. Our curriculum is designed to encourage children to discover, explore and create. Encompassed within our vision, is the need for children to be exposed to a range of topics and experiences that broadens their understanding and equips them with the skills our children need to be confident, resilient, life-long learners who reach their full potential.
‘It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.’
– Albert Einstein
We have a cross-curricular topic approach to learning, planning enlivening and relevant topics which immerse the children in a variety of ways. A curriculum that is literacy and language rich is a must for our school if we are to open doors for our children. We therefore place a high focus on developing children’s vocabulary, using quality texts to do this.
We have spent a considerable amount of time looking at our long term curriculum and ensuring that it meets the needs of our pupils and that it allows them to secure relevant knowledge, skills and understanding over time.
As a maintained primary school we have to ensure that we teach the statutory content of The National Curriculum. However, we have an additional six core aspects that are part of our curriculum that we believe are important for the children in our schools.
As a Church of England School, we strive to ensure that the children receive an enriching experience which reflects the person of Jesus Christ and the message the Church received for Him. We ensure that reflection time in our RE sessions allows children to explore big questions and moral dilemmas. These sessions enable children to know they are of immense worth and that they can make a valuable contribution to their school community and the wider world.
We look for opportunities to embrace our our local area, ensuring children to learn to understand and appreciate the wonders and beauty of nature. We want to spend time learning beyond the classroom; to explore and discover. Each school within the federation has access to their own allotment area, which children look after, producing fruits and vegetables that they will use in their food technology lessons. We also aim for children to spend time using the outdoor area to enhance the learning in their current topic – whether that is a trip down to the river or looking for bugs under stones!
Children have an opportunity to think and talk about learning every week in our weekly ‘Learnology’ sessions.
‘There appears to be a new notion that an appreciation of ‘how’ students learn is at least as important as ‘what’ they learn’. – Beere.
The sessions allow children to understand themselves as learners and to know about the process of learning. Children have opportunities to look at lifelong learning skills such as collaboration, empathy, resilience and many more…
Why it is important?
At the heart of Learnology is a fundamental belief that education is about preparing children for life beyond the walls of the classroom. It is about helping them to build up the mental, emotional, social and strategic resources so that they can enjoy challenges and cope well with uncertainty and complexity.
This is particularly relevant in a society that is full of change, risk, opportunity and complexity. Learnology is not a quick fix or a bolt on but should be seen as a way of refreshing our thinking about the culture in our schools.
We recognise the importance of preparing our children for life in modern Britain. We celebrate diversity through our inclusive community and forge strong links with contrasting communities beyond The Dales.
Promoting healthy living is a key feature within our school. Through our excellence in sports, lessons in food technology and promoting a growth mindset, we are helping our children to develop healthy bodies and minds. We have a cookery teacher that works across the federation providing practical workshops for children and parents.
Every week our children have access to a PE specialist teacher, Mr Baines, who teaches a PE. In addition, key stage 2 pupils swim every fortnight at Upper Wharfedale. We take part in many cluster sporting events.
In April 2019 our schools were the host schools for Compass Buzz – a mental health charity based in North Yorkshire who provide training for schools about supporting vulnerable children and families with mental health issues. We offer help and guidance to our children and families who may be in need of support.