The curriculum is all the planned activities that are organised in order to promote learning and personal growth and development. It includes not only the formal requirements of the Early Learning Goals and the National Curriculum, but also the range of extra-curricular activiies organised in order to enrich the experience of the children. It also includes the ‘hidden curriculum’, or what the children learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave. The school’s approach is reflected in the school aims.
The school curriculum and school aims are underpinned by the shared values of the school community and the wider community, as stated in the National Curriculum and Early Learning Goals. At Panshanger, we value:
- the way in which all children are unique, and our curriculum promotes respect for the views of each individual child, as well as for people of all cultures. We value the spiritual and moral development of each person, as well as their intellectual and physical growth.
- the importance of each person in our community. We organise our curriculum so that we promote co-operation and understanding between all members of our community.
- the rights enjoyed by each person in our society. We respect each child in our school for who they are, and we treat them with fairness and honesty. We aim to enable each person to be successful, and we provide equal opportunities for all the children in our school.
- our environment, and we aim, through our curriculum, to teach respect for our world, and how we should care for it for future generations, as well as our own.
Aims and Objectives
Our aims will be achieved by:-
- enabling all children to learn and develop their skills to the best of their ability;
- promoting a positive attitude towards learning, so that children enjoy coming to school, and acquire a solid basis for lifelong learning;
- teaching children the basic skills of literacy, numeracy and information technology (IT);
- enabling children to be creative and to develop their own thinking;
- teaching children about their developing world, including how their environment and society have changed over time;
- helping children to understand Britain’s cultural heritage;
- enabling children to be positive citizens in society;
- fulfilling all the requirements of the Early Learning Goals, the National Curriculum and the Locally Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education;
- developing children’s awareness of their own spiritual development, and an understanding of right and wrong;
- helping children to understand the importance of truth and fairness, so that they grow up committed to equal opportunities for all;
- enabling children to have respect for themselves and high self-esteem and to be able to live and work co-operatively with others.