What is our intention?
At Applegarth Primary School, we aim to provide an exciting and engaging curriculum that ignites a love of learning and teaches a broad and balanced range of knowledge and skills. Through our carefully designed curriculum, we aim to create a learning environment where happy, enthusiastic and reflective children can develop and grow into confident learners regardless of their backgrounds or needs. At Applegarth, we are passionate about fostering a love reading for every child; it is for this reason we use high-quality literature as one of our key curriculum drivers. Selecting literature which is rich in language enables our children to develop a good vocabulary so that they can express themselves articulately and communicate with confidence. Vocabulary (beyond books e.g. tier 2 and 3 words/language-rich environments). Our curriculum is designed to ensure all children are provided a wide range of memorable experiences to spark their curiosity, enjoyment and interest whilst building on previous learning and prior knowledge.
Our curriculum and the local context
Our school is fortunate to be centrally located in the market town of Northallerton. This provides our children with first-hand experiences, which are at their fingers tips, by making purposeful links with local churches, hospitals, libraries, police and fire services, care homes, the town council, supermarkets, the county records office, the high street and businesses. Northallerton is surrounded by agriculture and farmland; we celebrate this fact by inviting local farmers into the school to talk about their important work. As a DfE accredited Heritage School, our local history is threaded throughout our curriculum. One of our favourite weeks in the Applegarth school calendar is Heritage Week where we dedicate a week to the study of the geography and history of local events, buildings and people. Being a North Yorkshire school, we take advantage of our beautiful surroundings from the coasts, to rivers and woodlands: we have intentionally selected projects for our curriculum, including Enchanted Woodlands in KS1 and Flow in KS2, to teach our children an appreciation of their locality and how to care for it.
Our curriculum and becoming local, national and global citizens
To ensure our children are afforded the opportunity to become model local, national and global citizens, our curriculum has been designed to teach our children to make positive choices, to celebrate diversity and to respect themselves and others. Having a literature-rich curriculum, we are able to open up the world to our learners. Our curriculum provokes enquiry into global issues; it encourages our pupils to express their opinions, develop empathy, respect and tolerance whilst teaching them that they can have an impact on their world and be drivers of change. As well as exploring beliefs and faiths in our learning, we invite positive role models into our school from all backgrounds and cultures to talk about their customs and beliefs. In addition this, we study significant individuals from across the world and history who have achieved incredible feats. At Applegarth, we are ambitious in wanting our children to be little people with big dreams.
Our curriculum and wellbeing and happy minds
Promoting healthy, active lifestyles is central to our curriculum: we want our learners to be physically fit and emotionally fit. We are incredibly proud of the fact that a higher proportion of our children lead an active lifestyle compared with similar aged children across North Yorkshire (for example, 94% of our KS2 children do a least 5 hours of physical activity per week compared to 58% of their peers in North Yorkshire, GUNY survey 2018). A range of opportunities for sporting and enrichment are on offer for our children including competitive sports, yoga, judo, triathlons, cycling, gardening, performing arts and outdoor learning residentials (Carlton Lodge and Robin Wood). Our amazing wildlife area and gardening area are additional resources used to enhance lessons across the curriculum and take learning outside. Our Forest School approach develops children’s physical abilities and problem solving skills as well as supporting them to be resilient and mentally healthy.
Imaginative Learning Projects
Here are our curriculum maps for Autumn 2