Key Drivers: Social Skills World Knowledge  Ambition Environment Embracing Diversity Good Health

Curriculum vision at Caister Primary Federation

At Caister Primary Federation we offer a broad, balanced and rigorous curriculum for all our learners. Our curriculum is designed with knowledge, skills and depth at its heart to ensure that children develop a strong vocabulary base and understanding of the world. Each year group studies subjects half-termly or termly which supports the whole school in becoming immersed in the chronological understanding of their knowledge; this fosters the idea that the children’s knowledge and understanding is built on and linked throughout their journey with us. The curriculum promotes long term learning by making meaningful links throughout subjects where appropriate, and we believe that progress means knowing more and remembering more. 

We are developing a curriculum built on current research on how memory works to ensure that children not only have access to ‘the best that has been thought and said’ but are taught this in a way that ensures children can remember and use their knowledge in future years. We help the children to remember their learning through interesting and inspiring lessons and activities based on the National Curriculum; these require the children to think deeply about what they are learning and to consider how this fits in to the wider world. The children have access to a variety of visitors, trips and events that enrich their learning through these experiences. We promote diversity through the exploration of a number of figures of significance throughout time within our teaching and during our daily assemblies along with our key drivers each year. 

As part of the children’s journey through Caister Primary Federation we use our key drivers to underpin and help shape the learning opportunities the children experience.  These take account of our context and our aim for all children to leave our setting as confident, well-rounded citizens ready for the next part of their learning journey.  The key drivers are linked to our visions, aims and values and were developed by all staff so that we are all conscious of our shared goal to support the children and families in our community.  Our key drivers are World Knowledge, Ambition, Good Health, Embracing Diversity, Social Skills and High-Quality Environment. 

It is important to us that all members of our school community are healthy physically and mentally. We promote healthy lifestyles in school and want our pupils to develop an increasing understanding of the many different factors that are involved in this. Our curriculum provides opportunities for our pupils to learn about their physical health. In addition, we want our pupils to have a developing understanding of how to maintain good mental health both in and out of school. Our curriculum, therefore, teaches an understanding of emotions, promotes resilience and encourages an open approach to discussing feelings. We include opportunities for our pupils to learn how to keep themselves safe in all areas of life. An important element of this includes safety on-line and when communicating using technology. 

One of our central aims of the curriculum is to ensure that our pupils are both interesting and inquisitive. We want them to be ‘interesting’ to talk to because they know a great deal about the world and inquisitive enough to find out more and be able to question the world around them with a strong sense of ambition. 

Curriculum Areas

For more information about the different areas of our curriculum, please click on the links below.