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Our drivers are areas that we value as a school; they give focus to learning opportunities and are embedded throughout teaching and learning, developing the child as a whole.

Drawing on the knowledge and experience of our staff, with consideration of our aims and values, and by carefully analysing the needs of the children of Willingdon Primary, the following Curriculum Drivers have been developed:

     Environment      |      Community     |     Communication     |     Opportunity

 Wherever possible, throughout the curriculum, links will be made to these important developmental aspects giving our curriculum focus and context.


What do we mean by environment?


We aim to create rich, creative learning environments in the classroom and school. We believe that a stimulating environment, linked to current themes, sets the climate for and supports learning, and that an exciting classroom promoting thinking and communication enhances and celebrates achievement.

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As teachers, we consider how we can use the immediate school environment and local environment to enhance and support the learning in the classroom. Throughout the curriculum, we consider our impact on the environment, what we can do to take care of it and how we can fully appreciate the environment in which we live in. We want our pupils to realise why looking after our local, natural and global environment helps to secure our future and the future of living things sharing our environment.

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What do we mean by community?


Community is an important part of our curriculum. We encourage children to feel part of the local community and to play an active role in the village they live in. We connect with local people and businesses to help us deliver an exciting and relevant curriculum. Throughout the curriculum, we consider people in our community and who can help us. We invite members of our local community in and they share their knowledge and expertise with us in many different ways.



What do we mean by communication


Children have the opportunity to communicate their learning through speaking, listening, writing and using the computers. Pupils are encouraged to give their views and opinions across the curriculum through a range of real life purposeful learning opportunities.  We celebrate that we are a school who embraces communication in different ways and forms, including understanding the important of sign language for all pupils.


What do we mean by opportunity?

As a school we work relentlessly providing children with a wealth of exciting opportunities to enrich their learning: Opportunities within the classroom, local trips and visits and wider experiences, such as Young Voices at the O2 and PGL (in Year 6). Pupils cannot aspire to things they have never encountered. We aim to raise our pupil’s aspirations by seeking out opportunities to discuss the different possibilities that are available to them in their future lives. 

Our curriculum is enriched through a wide range off-site visits, residential visits, themed days, visitors and practical experiences and children consolidate their learning through opportunities to apply learnt skills across subject areas and in meaningful situations whenever possible.  

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