Curriculum

Curriculum

The Cabot curriculum is an exciting, creative and inspiring building on children’s experiences, encouraging them to increase their cultural capital through the trips, visitors and experiences that are offered. It encourages a reciprocal learning partnership between the school and the local and wider communities and promotes harmony between cultures.

We aspire for excellence across the curriculum and want all children to achieve their full potential. We ensure that learning builds on previous experiences and is culturally relevant. It is delivered through a series of topics to deepen understanding and consolidate learning.  It is planned to develop resilient, independent and inquisitive learners by teaching broad and balanced lessons as laid out in the National Curriculum. We strongly believe that having real experiences brings learning to life; we carefully select educational visits and invite visitors to provide thought provoking and stimulating learning experiences.

Child holding up a clock

Our curriculum celebrates multiculturalism and proactively challenges stereotypes. We value inclusion and it is at the core of our school’s learning process; children include themselves and others in their learning. We are committed to ensuring that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils so that all children make maximum progress and reach their potential regardless of background. We want to ensure that disadvantaged children engage with our curriculum and can succeed.  We want them to be exposed to a variety of technical vocabulary that they can use to help articulate their learning, as well building their love of learning through the experiences they have. In a similar way, we believe that SEND children should succeed and to support this, we break down the curriculum and use pre-teach, group work and real-life experiences to help bring learning to life but in manageable chunks. We feel it is vital that our children have a good understanding of where they live and how it has developed over time. We teach our children about the History and Geography that is on their doorstep enabling them to encounter, explore, and experience their local community and our great city.

Cabot children are:

  • Resilient, independent and inquisitive learners who are willing to take risks
  • Confident and creative thinkers who demonstrate a love of learning
  • Children who are proud of who they are and respectful of others differences
  • Polite and caring young people who can develop positive relationships

To ensure that our curriculum is creative and inspiring, some of our subjects are taught on a cyclical basis. Our progression maps demonstrate how we ensure the progression of skills and knowledge between year groups and cycles.

At Cabot we believe that every child is a mathematician and that there is no such thing as being “bad at maths”.

Maths is about more than becoming fluent in number facts; it is also about becoming fluent in the language of maths, developing reasoning and solving a variety of standard and non-standard problems. We encourage creativity in maths, as well as links to real-world applications.

The Cabot Mathematician sees themself and their culture within the maths they study, in their classrooms and in the wider world. They are aware of the value of maths in society, its historical significance and links to jobs. They are inquisitive, eager to explore, resilient and perseverant in the face of challenge and have a variety of creative approaches for solving problems. They make connections across their learning and have a quick recall of number facts which frees up their working memory when tackling problems.

The Cabot Maths classroom is a place where mistakes are seen as opportunities for growth. Learners and teachers know that we are all going on the same maths journey. We will all start the journey together; some children will need a little additional support along the way; some children will explore the maths more deeply, before returning to the group; no children will be racing ahead on a different journey; no children will be left behind, alone and isolated (with thanks to Martin Adsett, Mastery Specialist).

At Cabot, our teaching of mathematics aims to enable every child to move on in their learning and achieve their potential. We work with children from their starting points, based on their prior learning, and develop the mathematical skills and knowledge needed for later life. We also inspire and excite children, develop their skills so that they can work in partnership with a wide range of people, appreciate that everyone should be included and celebrate excellence, which we appreciate will look different for every child. We develop children’s confidence, enjoyment and oracy skills in maths, so they are able to access, appreciate and express their learning.

White Rose

We use the White Rose schemes of learning as the ‘spine’ of our maths teaching, and we supplement these schemes with several other resources. You can access the schemes of learning on their website, and see the coverage and progression of each year group:

Years 1 – 6: https://whiterosemaths.com/resources/primary-resources/primary-sols/

Reception: https://whiterosemaths.com/resources/early-years-resources/reception-sol/

To help children with their maths learning, we subscribe to Times Tables Rock Stars and Mathletics. The children know their usernames and passwords for both sites, and can play games and answer questions set by their teachers on both sites. You can access the websites at:

https://ttrockstars.com/

https://login.mathletics.com/

We recommend that children regularly practise their number bonds, times tables and associated division facts. If you need support with this, or additional resources, please see your child’s class teacher.

At Cabot our intent is to inspire excellence through curiosity and interest in the exploration of the world.  It is important to develop the pupil’s knowledge and skills of the Earth’s physical and human environments as well as educating them on the causes and effects of climate change, diverse places, people and resources.

We want our students to have a thirst for travel and learn all about Britain and the wider world.  We aim to provide the children with knowledge of their local area so they can develop an understanding of who they are, their heritage and what makes our local area special and unique.

Our aim to have an inclusive curriculum that builds on pupil’s knowledge year after year, deepening their understanding and allowing them to; work in partnership, ask questions, research and continually apply their geographical skills across the curriculum.

Intent

We believe that students deserve a broad, well-rounded, ambitious history curriculum that develops their knowledge and understanding of British history and the wider world.   We aim to provide a curriculum that is inclusive to all (including those with SEND and Pupil Premium) and helps support the learning of all pupils as they progress through our school and beyond.  We believe that pre-teach and revisiting key knowledge is vital to the success of all our learners.

Implementation

We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression that are built on each year.  All pupils will develop their knowledge and understanding of the past through asking questions, using a range of quality resources, sequencing events and building their knowledge of chronology within an era as well as using new and existing vocabulary.  Providing pupils with vast historical learning experiences both inside and outside of school really builds their cultural capital.  We strongly believe that working in partnership with Bristol Museums and the local community deepens pupils understanding of the how history influences our lives today.

Impact

We believe and understand how important it is that the curriculum speaks to who our children are and reflects the worlds they come from.  It is important that our children can see themselves in the excellent learning that they do and become responsible members of society.  This is celebrated in a variety of different ways.

Through our history curriculum we intend for our children to:

  • Be critical thinkers.
  • Open and understanding to other cultures.
  • Have a knowledge of British history.
  • To appreciate local history and see.
  • Confidently ask questions.
  • Challenge misconceptions.

Intent

At Cabot Primary School, we know that art and design are integral to a child’s education. It is a powerful mode of communication through which children explore and develop an understanding of the world around them. Our curriculum provides children with a wide range of opportunities and means to respond to real life experiences and celebrate multiculturalism whilst also challenging stereotypes. The children are stimulated to think and to articulate their thoughts in new ways, and through a variety of media. Through high expectations of the children we are able to enable students to:

  1. enjoy lifelong engagement with art and design
  2. become informed, reflective and critical practitioners in art and design
  3. understand the dynamic and changing nature of art and design
  4. explore and value the diversity of art and design across time, place and cultures
  5. express ideas with confidence and competence

Design and Technology encourages children to learn to think creatively to solve problems in partnership with each other as well as individually. We encourage children to use their resilience and imagination, to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. It can be found in many of the objects children use each day and is a part of children’s immediate experiences. The children are also given opportunities to reflect upon and evaluate past and present design technology, from a variety of cultures. Through high expectations, the children are encouraged to become resilient innovators and risk-takers.

Through a variety of creative and practical activities, we teach the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in a creative process of designing and making. The children design and create products that consider function and purpose and which are relevant to a range of sectors (for example, the home, school, leisure, culture, enterprise, industry and the wider environment).

We ensure the children:

  • develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
  • build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users and critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
  • understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook. Children will design and make a range of products. A good quality finish will be expected in all design and activities made appropriate to the age and ability of the child

We are committed to creating a positive, safe and nurturing environment, where all members of the school and wider community will be respected and valued.

Intent:

At Cabot Primary School, good relationships are fundamental to our ethos and our success in being a happy, caring, inclusive and safe school. The importance of Religious Education (RE) is valued and carefully considered at Cabot Primary School. We want to ensure our pupils have an awareness and understanding of the beliefs and cultures within and beyond their community and equip them with essential skills that will support their enquiry and response to significant questions posed by religion and worldviews. We aim for all children in our school, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds and those who have Special Education Needs and Disabilities,  to acquire the appropriate knowledge, develop their skills and form positive beliefs, values and attitudes. RE has a key part to play in the personal, social, moral and spiritual development of young people. Bristol is a vibrant multi-cultural city and it is important to us that our pupils are aware of this and have an appreciation and respect for the diversity of their local area. We aspire for excellence across the RE curriculum and want all children to achieve their full potential.

Implementation:

RE is planned and implemented in line with the Awareness Mystery Value agreed syllables (KS1 & KS2) and the EYFS framework (Understanding the World). All pupils in Key Stage 1 and 2 have a dedicated RE lesson every week, which is planned to include meaningful and memorable learning. Children are taught by familiar adults who they have a good rapport with, in order to facilitate constructive and supportive discussions around sensitive topics in a safe and secure environment. We value inclusion and throughout their time at Cabot Primary School, pupils are given the opportunity to visit places of worship in their local community . By exposing pupils to the wide range of beliefs and religions that are practiced, we are helping them to understand and become more aware and open towards the community around them. Trips, workshops and school visitors are essential to help pupils develop a deeper conceptual understanding of religion and help them to embed subject specific vocabulary in an environment outside the classroom. All families are encouraged to attend regardless of their own religious background. Assemblies, when appropriate, are based on significant religious events, for example Diwali, Eid, and Harvest Festival. Our high expectations of behaviour, relationships, respect and tolerance of others reflect the British Values upheld in both our community and the wider world. Through our curriculum, and working in partnership with those around us, children develop key skills and are prepared for the wider world beyond primary school, a world in which they can keep themselves safe and healthy and thrive with the support of the positive relationships they forge with those around them.

Impact:

The impact of our curriculum will enable pupils to develop respect for and sensitivity to others, in particular those whose faiths and beliefs are different from their own. Through our RE curriculum, we believe we can enhance children’s education. By the time children leave our school they will:

  • Be confident individuals who have positive self-awareness, extending their knowledge and understanding of religions and beliefs,
  • Develop a religious vocabulary and interpret religious symbolism in a variety of forms,
  • Have an in-depth knowledge of others religious views and beliefs,
  • Maintain positive relationships, through respect, tolerance and understanding,
  • Understand the diverse world we live in.
  • Have knowledge and skills necessary to make informed decisions.

Through the careful planning and continuous review of an engaging RE curriculum, we can observe how our pupils show and apply their own moral compass as well as accumulating an increased cultural capital.