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Together We Can Achieve Anything

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Carlton Primary Academy

Together We Can Achieve Anything

Our Enquiry Curriculum

 

‘Our place in time’

 

The lessons I learn now, from the people in the past, will inspire me to be someone extraordinary in the future

 

A leader, an astronaut, a civil rights activist, an explorer, a mathematician, an architect, an artist, a politician, a teacher, a doctor, a scientist, a conservationist, a CEO.

At Carlton Primary Academy, we are committed to providing a curriculum that provides our children with knowledge and skills across all primary subjects, with the aim of ensuring pupils are ready for the next stage of their lives.

Our curriculum is underpinned by our values of:

  • Community
  • Respect
  • Excellence
  • Pride

 

Core Learning

Core learning is integral to the expectation of excellence that runs throughout our curriculum, ensuring that we demonstrate high standards to the children, and that they have high expectations of themselves. There is an emphasis on reading and writing throughout our curriculum, with maths being taught discretely, making cross-curricular links where appropriate. We ensure the effectiveness and demonstrate impact of our core learning through rigorous assessment in our cyclical benchmarking model. Each Enquiry will be led by a Guiding Question, underpinned by spaced questions, which are used to give children the opportunity to use critical thinking skills while designing their end-product to answer the question. Anchor texts are used to engage children in their learning across the curriculum, giving all children access to high quality texts to promote a love of reading. We do this by ensuring that core learning is embedded throughout our curriculum, providing pupils with opportunities to practise and refine the skills they have been taught across a range of contexts. The skills, knowledge and conceptual understanding taught in each Enquiry, build over time and are supportive of each other.  The progression of this Core Learning is systematically planned across the school from EYFS to Year 6 to ensure that children can make the links across year groups and subjects.  To assist with this, staff and children use enquiry-specific Knowledge Organisers to outline the content expectations and vocabulary progression.  The use of iterative assessment ensures knowledge retention over time, culminating in children being able to make links and draw on knowledge to articulate what they have learnt.

 

Life Skills

Children at Carlton, leave school with the skills to support them with lifelong learning to ensure they can access wider opportunities in their future lives. Our goal is for them to be employable members of the community, who will make valuable contributions to society.  Our children will be challenged, in an environment where they feel safe, and where any mistakes are viewed as part of their learning journey to build resilience and grit. As part of our curriculum, we work with LifeWise to develop well-being, resilience and an awareness of mental health within our pupils. Our children are taught to work in teams, where each team member is valued and has a role to play in order to achieve a collective goal. This enables them to develop excellent communication skills and provides our children with opportunities to explain and discuss their ideas, allowing them to become reflective and considerate learners.  Our curriculum is designed to motivate and inspire our pupils through the use of guided and spaced questions, to develop a thirst for learning, and an intrinsic desire to achieve their goals. This in turn develops focused learners with self-direction, which will enable them to achieve their full potential across the curriculum.

Teamwork          Perspectives       Communication               Environmental preservation                Making connections                      Democracy         Public Speaking     Map reading     Empathy/Critical thinking           Finance/Budgeting         Leadership

 

Service beyond ourselves

Our curriculum encompasses fieldwork with the expectation that our children will work within, and be, active members of the community. This is embraced and encouraged by members of our governing body, who work with our staff to plan community projects. Our End Products are designed to work with, and support the wider community, including fund raising and working with local projects and businesses. In doing this, we are creating future global citizens, who will be equipped for the challenges and opportunities of life, in a fast-changing and interdependent world.

 

Members of Parliament/Councillors and the power and responsibility they have            

Equality and Diversity/Activism/Standing up for minority groups            

Raising Money for Local, national and International Charities.   

Conservation of habitats in the local and wider community       

Entrepreneurship and the importance of fiscal responsibility

Helping others in need – Veterans and the Salvation Army

Raising awareness of environmental causes

Pride in our local community

Cycle A

 

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Guiding Question

What makes leaders great?

 

Who do we respect?

 

Can one person make a big difference?

 

What makes us proud?

Why are our communities significant?

 

What does our community look like?

How are we designed to survive?

 

 

Where can we see excellence?

How does the unknown inspire us?

 

What makes a great team?

 

 

Cycle B

 

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Guiding Question

Why do civilisations rise and fall?

 

Who do we respect?

 

What is the impact of conflict?

 

What makes us proud?

How has our landscape changed?

 

What does our community look like?

How do humans affect the natural world?

 

Where can we see excellence?

Is all change needed?

 

Can we save the world?

Can one person make a big difference?

What makes leaders great?

How has our landscape changed?

Geography 

At Carlton Primary Academy we believe that Geography helps to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world. The geography curriculum is part of a two-year cycle, underpinned by Guiding Questions. The questions used enable children develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the world, as well as their place in it. The geography curriculum at Carlton begins with children looking at where they live in Barnsley and then develops with children exploring the UK, within Europe and the wider world. Fieldwork supports each guiding question, to give children first-hand experiences to inspire our pupils to have a curiosity and fascination about the world.

Life Skills & Service Beyond Ourselves

Children at Carlton, leave school with the skills to support them with lifelong learning to ensure that can access wider opportunities in their future lives. In geography our children will be challenged to make connections and think about perspective in relation to different geographical concepts. They will develop an awareness of environmental issues and work as individuals or as part of the community to share this understanding. Children will have the opportunity to take part in community and fund raising events. 

History

At Carlton Primary Academy, we have a high quality history curriculum which should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about Britain’s past, and that of the wider world. We do this through our Guiding Questions across the whole school, which are broken down into spaced questions for each phase. These questions link to our reading and writing through the use of anchor texts and end produce pieces.  Through these questions children develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the history of the world, and how previous events and people have impacted how we live today. The history curriculum at Carlton begins with children looking at the history within the community in Barnsley and then develops with children exploring elements of history within the UK, Europe and the wider world.. By giving children the opportunity to explore history beyond ourselves, we hope to broaden children’s understanding of the world and how the past shapes everyone’s lives today.

Life Skills & Service Beyond Ourselves

Children at Carlton, leave school with the skills to support them with lifelong learning to ensure that can access wider opportunities in their future lives. Our goal is for them to be employable members of the community, who will make valuable contributions to society. In history our children will be challenged to make connections from different aspects of the past and think about perspective of how this impacts us today. Children will develop an awareness of how people were affected by the past and how this is similar or different to our experiences today. By taking part in events within the community children will be able to compare their learning with the experiences of others and how history affects people and communities in different ways. By relating this to life skills, children will leave Carlton with the tools to apply their critical thinking to understand how theirs and other people’s choices impact the future of their community and the world around them.

PE

At Carlton Primary Academy, the PE curriculum develops the enjoyment of physical activity and strives to improve the importance of health and well-being amongst our pupils. Our intention is to give children the opportunities to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding and apply these in competitive situations, with the vision this provides them with lifelong learning skills: Communicating; Focus and Self-Control; Critical Thinking; Resilience.

 

We strive to ensure that all our pupils receive a well-rounded learning experience when participating in different sporting activities, learning the importance of health and wellbeing and equipping them with the necessary values and tools to achieve in our academy and beyond. Our pupils record their achievements and evaluate their performances which encourages them to be reflective learners, and builds on their core learning throughout PE lessons. It is our intention to engage pupils in the possibilities of sport to develop a passion for being active, healthy and the confidence to try new things and build resilience and determination with all they do.

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