At Epworth Primary Academy we view the word curriculum in the widest possible terms. “All that is experienced in school, whether planned or unplanned”. For us at Epworth it encompasses wider concepts such as ethos and values, which we believe are crucial for our children to develop into life-long, inquisitive learners who will go on to positively contribute to society in the future, with good mental health and an awareness of people around them.
The nature of our academy curriculum stems from our aims and values and is embedded in what all our academy stakeholders believe is right for our children. It has been planned to allow our pupils' journey through the academy to culminate in them being Respectful, Kind and Generous, Honest Learners. This is encompassed in the Epworth primary mindset EXPECT EXCELLENCE: Strive, Believe and Achieve.
In this way we help to develop pupils who are well rounded, inquisitive young people aspiring to great things and who treat people from all backgrounds with kindness and respect.
With this in mind our curriculum has been constructed in such a way that it recognises that we need to teach about diversity and equality for all, alongside the more formal learning. This is at the heart of our curriculum through RSE, PSHCE, RE, Books and exposure to a diverse range of people who have excelled in their fields. We have built in to our curriculum wider experiences and offers such as: Live performances, trips to cities, parks and woods, riding a bike, ‘Focus weeks’, engagement with WE Day, visits to the Houses of Parliament as well as providing the children with an ‘Epworth Offer’ to ensure that everyone has as many positive childhood experiences as possible. Our curriculum embraces breadth and balance and we are proud to see and celebrate our pupils excel not only in the core subjects but in all areas.
The more formal curriculum is structured so that every child, regardless of their journey through our school will experience all aspects of the national curriculum and build on prior learning. These skills and knowledge taught through individual subjects, linked where appropriate, allow children to make links to prior knowledge but also link their learning back to where they live locally. Local studies build on this knowledge giving the children a picture of where they fit into the world. Real books are a priority in school to enhance the curriculum and encourage the children’s imagination and love of language. This commitment to ensuring that all pupils experience a breadth of education which is linked to our Mind-Set of Strive, Believe and Achieve. Learning goes fast and slow as necessary and is revisited where required to build on prior learning.