Blackthorn Primary School’s Learning Journey
Every child’s learning journey through the school, from Nursery to Year 6, is important to us.
Our curriculum builds on previous learning, enriches the children’s understanding of the world and aims to enabling every individual to be a successful learner for life.
Click on the document below to see how our curriculum scaffolds personal, social and cultural developemnt and learning over time along with enrichment opportunities.
Our educational excellence starts here…
In collaboration with Northampton Primary Academy Trust, we are developing our wider curriculum to be the best it can be for the children at Blackthorn. Our aims and principles for the whole curriclum are deeply rooted in the aims and values of the trust. Please use the tabs in this section of the website to explore curriculum areas in more detail.
Northampton Primary Academy Trust Curriculum - Aims and Principles
A broad, rich and rigorous curriculum is at the heart of Northampton Primary Academy Trust’s vision to achieve educational excellence; creating opportunities and enriching lives. It forms an essential part of the trust’s mission to develop a multi-academy trust of highly effective and sustainable schools. The trust’s aspiration and ambition is for every child to achieve highly, for every school to be a great school and every individual to continually improve. We see access to a well-sequenced and well-planned curriculum, taught by highly skilled, knowledgeable teachers, as the route to educational excellence and an entitlement of every child in NPAT schools. In the trust, a broad, rich and rigorous curriculum is seen as the driver of school improvement, not a casualty of it.
What is the curriculum?
NPAT schools subscribe to a broad and comprehensive definition of ‘curriculum’ as ‘all the learning which is planned and guided by the school’ (Kerr quoted in Kelly 1983). This requires planning and decision making to be intentional across all areas of school life. NPAT schools recognise the following recent definition of curriculum by Ofsted. “The curriculum is a framework for setting out the aims of a programme of education, including the knowledge and skills to be gained at each stage (intent); for translating that framework over time into a structure and narrative, within an institutional context (implementation) and for evaluating what knowledge and skills pupils have gained against expectations (impact/achievement).”(Ofsted 2019)
The Importance of Knowledge
Our curriculum has a clear focus on the acquisition of knowledge content. It is constructed as a narrative over time with clearly planned vertical, horizontal and diagonal links that, over time, will develop the children’s wider understanding of the world. It is based on National Curriculum content. The curriculum is rooted in research about Cognitive Science; its sequencing, coherence and intentional development of pupils’ schema. High quality professional learning opportunities for teachers to develop appropriate subject knowledge will augment the implemented curriculum materials. ‘The vast, accumulated wealth of human knowledge, and what we choose to pass on to the next generation through teaching in our schools (the curriculum),must be at the heart of education. ’Amanda Spielman (HMCI)
Values within the curriculum
Blackthorn Primary School shares NPAT’s values of aspiration, collaboration, integrity, community and a genuine commitment to sport and the arts. These values, alongside our school values (determination, responsibility, respect, aspiration honesty and pride), permeate school life and are a central part of the planned and enacted curriculum.
Throughout the curriculum, children meet and learn about the 'British values' of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance both explicitly and implicitly.