Curriculum Intent & Implementation

What are each Year group learning this term?

Take a look at our comprehensive Medium Terms Plans to gain a detailed understanding of what your child will be learning in each subject discipline within the curriculum.

Exceptional success requires exceptional circumstances.

Our mission: to be a school of excellence.

At Zaytouna Primary School, we provide pupils with a curriculum of excellence that is relevant for the 21st Century, and critically important to their successes now and in their future. Our curriculum develops a child’s mind, body and soul.

We have carefully constructed a curriculum that is ambitious and designed to give all learners, particularly the most disadvantaged, and those children with SEND, the cultural capital they need to succeed in life. Our curriculum considers the fact that our children, in 10 to 15 years, will be entering a workplace where the jobs have not been invented yet or even anticipated.

Our curriculum provides learners with an introduction to the essential knowledge, skills, work habits, and character traits that can be applied across all subject areas, and in all educational, career and social settings throughout their life. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.

We provide rich opportunities for the children to explore citizenship and real-life world issues, which at times they may have to grapple with to make sense of; this in turn helps them to develop skills such as collaboration and communication, and equips them with the necessary skills for life in the 21st Century.

Equally, the 21st century classroom has no walls – thanks to the internet, teachers with access to computers and tablets can immerse children in a world of fascinating videos, games, facts and creativity. Blended learning is far more than just a combination of print and digital materials. It personalizes the learning environment, allows for spontaneous learning opportunities, deeply engages children with relevant materials and facilitates flexible teaching.

Beginning in the primary classroom, blended learning provides children with the tools they need to become autonomous learners and prepare themselves for a lifelong education and a successful future.

Why do we do what we do? To inspire children to fall in love with learning.

How do we achieve excellence?

Our Curriculum is implemented with our Curriculum Intent at the heart of all we do at Zaytouna Primary.

Our curriculum is designed using a cross-curricular approach, as we know this enables our children to make connections across their learning, leading to deeper learning experiences. Through this approach, the learning is slowed down, covering less but in much greater depth. This allows pupils to gain the declarative knowledge to support the building of effective schemas and master the procedural knowledge through each sequence of learning. Our curriculum Enterprises are framed around key Global Themes:

  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Peace and conflict
  • Identity and diversity
  • Sustainable development
  • Health and wellbeing

 

Each curriculum subject discipline forms part of a Curriculum Excellence Team. These are as follows:

  • Language, Arts and Culture – Reading, writing, art and design, music, Arabic
  • People, Places and Politics – History, geography, religious education, QIS
  • STEM – Science, design technology, mathematics, computing
  • Health and Well-being – PE, RHE, Enrichment, PSHE

 

Our comprehensive whole school curriculum document maps out, for each subject discipline, the declarative and procedural knowledge that our children need to know and remember for each year of their primary career.

This whole school document is implemented through long term curriculum Enterprise maps, medium term plans and short term plans.

In summary, our implementation looks like this:

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