Our aim at Farsley Springbank Primary School is to enable every pupil to become a successful learner, confident individual and responsible citizen through a stimulating education which nurtures and develops them, celebrates their achievements and challenges them to aim high and be the best they can be in all that they do.
Children are motivated and inspired to become successful learners through a curriculum which is based on learning challenges, planned in response to the needs and interests of the children. With the right balance of challenge and support, children are actively involved in a range of memorable learning experiences which promote creativity, independence and enjoyment. We have a strong commitment to the development of basic skills through integrating literacy and numeracy skills throughout the curriculum. We aim to provide a range of opportunities which give every child the chance to shine and hopefully develop interests which they will continue to pursue beyond school.
At Farsley Springbank, we committed to the continual improvement in our approach to curriculum design.
The school’s ‘Learning Challenges’ for pupils, link subjects in highly creative and stimulating ways. Activities develop pupils’ curiosity, involve them in planning and improve their achievement.
Ofsted May 2013
Innovative organisation and planning enhances pupils’ learning in all subjects. Pupils’ work shows they are able to apply their mathematical and literacy skills in practical ways in many subjects.
Ofsted May 2013
At Farsley Springbank Primary school, we follow a 'topic based' approach to our curriculum through our Learning Challenge Curriculum. This means wherever possible we group our subjects around the Learning Challenge topic.
The Learning Challenge curriculum is an enquiry based approach built around questionning, which helps 'hook' the children into their learning. By using a questionning approach, it develops curiosity and incoorporates challenge for all children. Children are involved in the planning and emphasis is placed on the learning experiences being motivating, engaging and relevant for all the children.
Each year group has a new Learning Challenge each half term. It starts with a Prime Learning Challenge 'a big question' designed to hook the children into the learning experience. The Prime Learning Challenge may be based around different subject areas such as History, Geography, Science or around Enterprise work. Through these Learning Challenges, opportunities are built in for children to apply other key skills in literacy, maths, ICT and skills in learning together.
Whilst some of our curriculum is delivered through a Learning Challenge approach, some subjects are taught separately as they don't naturally 'fit' into the topic. Subjects such as Religious Education, PSHE and Maths are usually taught separately although links are made when appropriate.