NUTGROVE METHODIST

PRIMARY SCHOOL

My Best, Always, Everywhere

Love

Hope

Respect

OUR CURRICULUM

Mission Statement

Nutgrove Methodist Primary School strives to provide a caring environment in which every individual can achieve his or her full potential, without limits.

This is encompassed by our Bible verse For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11.

To achieve this, we wish to create a happy, secure and purposeful culture throughout the school, which is conducive to learning and high standards, and is based on our Christian values, love, hope and respect.

Our School’s motto and vision is ‘My Best, Always, Everywhere’ which is interwoven within our curriculum intent and design.

Our Curriculum

At Nutgrove Methodist Primary School we aim to provide a bespoke, unique, inclusive and exciting curriculum that recognises our school context in St Helens and ensure our pupils both achieve and aspire highly.

The Nutgrove Curriculum is a ‘knowledge-enabled’ curriculum, using Development Matters and the National Curriculum as a basis and enhanced by carefully selected pedagogical research. Our approach to the curriculum is ‘holistic’ and ensures that our children are presented with the best opportunities in life. Through our curriculum offer, we set high expectations for each, and every child and we are relentless in our commitment to overcoming barriers and to developing children who are self-motivated in their pursuit of learning. We want children to leave school as ‘well rounded and responsible’ individuals

We have developed three curriculum drivers that shape our curriculum, bring about the aims and values of our school, and to respond to the particular needs of our community:

Culture – helping children develop a wider and deeper knowledge of the locality, society and the world around them, promoting a sense of awe and wonder.

Global Citizenship – Everyone no matter where they live are part of a global community.

Diversity – which helps children recognise differences are positive and that individual characteristics make people unique and everyone should love and be loved without limits.

 The breadth of our curriculum is designed with three goals in mind:

  1. An important emphasis on English and Mathematics; however, we also maintain a broad and balanced approach and use a wide variety of rich experiences to help us to deliver our offer (including visits, visitors and specialist teachers).
  2. Our ‘knowledge-engaged’ approach to subject disciplines, provides opportunities to build upon both knowledge and skills and focussed upon progressively developing pupils’ knowledge, skills and vocabulary; attributes which our pupils can then take on through every step of their academic journey.
  3. To provide a coherent, structured and progressive curriculum that leads to sustained mastery for all and a greater depth of understanding for those who are capable.

Our curriculum sets out:

  • A clear curriculum map of the breadth of topics to be covered for each year group.
  • The key concepts that will be taught through each subject area.
  • Progression within the skills identified.

Mastery

To provide sustained mastery, children are provided with deeper learning opportunities that promote enquiry, questioning and problem-solving skills, building upon previously acquired concepts and skills. To develop understanding, pupils make connections between new knowledge with existing knowledge. Learning is assessed over time to ensure it is embedded within long-term memory.

We aim to promote Feedback, which allows pupils time to engage, reflect and review – including peer and self-evaluation so that they can improve their own learning.

Our classrooms are a busy and constructive place of learning with working walls that display the pupils’ current learning and work in progress. Some displays and ‘Floor books’ provide visual links to previous learning experiences.