The curriculum at William Booth Primary and Nursery School has been designed in collaboration with children, staff, parents, Governors and the wider school community so that it truly reflects the diverse nature of our community and carefully outlines the knowledge, skills and dispositions that the children need in order to engage with the wider world.
The curriculum builds upon our core values and aims of BELIEVE, alongside our school GEMS, and provides opportunities and situations for children to practise and develop these skills and attributes throughout their time at school. Encompassing this alongside the knowledge rich, concept driven, blended curriculum, we endeavour to create successful global citizens ready for 21st century life.
A variety of experiences and opportunities are provided for all children to enrich the curriculum, broaden their horizons, promote digital connectedness and raise aspirations. We believe that everyone is a leader and instil this in our children from an early age; we want them to see themselves in the curriculum and have a strong vision for their own future.
Creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking are key features of our curriculum that build upon the characteristics of effective teaching and learning which are nurtured and embedded in the Early Years. Direct instruction is balanced with opportunities for the children to work independently, develop resilience and overcome challenges.
We believe that Reading is the gateway to the curriculum; it underpins all learning and is a strong feature across all subjects. The desire to encourage a love of reading is vital in the William Booth curriculum. Children enjoy reading a range of diverse texts across the curriculum to support the development of background knowledge and cultural capital.
Embracing the rich diversity of the school, we aim to develop every child as an individual and strive for excellence for all.
The year is split into three themes for all year groups.
Personal Development is an essential element of every child’s school journet. Not only does it give them the skills and attitudes to focus and do well in their academic studies, but it also enables them to become well-rounded and happy young people. At William Booth, we support this sort of learning through a mixture of:
- whole school values (such as BELIEVE and Minditude), which are thoroughly interwoven into every day school life
- cross-curricular links so that personal development is a constant feature on the timetable
- taught sessions on specific issues, both planned and responsive
- tailored support and interventions for individual children that present with and specific difficulties, issues or concerns.
If you wish to find out more about our school curriculum, please speak to your child’s teacher. If you would like paper copies of anything on the website, please ask the school office who will print it free of charge.