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Curriculum Drivers: VOICE

We believe that our curriculum should offer not only the National Curriculum, but life skills and experiences beyond this. A quality education should prepare each pupil to meet the challenges of the world. Our aim is to provide our pupils with a wide and fully rounded education, which enables them to develop not only academically, but also socially, emotionally, morally and spiritually. We want our pupils to leave us as confident, well-rounded and happy individuals, who not only feel valued, but also value themselves and others. 

We have worked hard to ensure the curriculum we offer is enriched, knowledge-rich and reflects our community. We have aimed to prioritise the things we want all pupils to experience during their time at Bowes.

Based on the needs of our pupils, we have identified five drivers to underpin our curriculum: These are: 

VALUES

OPPORTUNITY

INCLUSION FOR ALL

COMMUNITY

ENQUIRY 

VALUES at Bowes Primary School

Our Bowes values of Respect, Responsibility, and Resilience are known by the whole school community and regularly referred to during school life. We want all pupils to foster life-long behaviours that will allow them to be successful at each stage of their education and beyond. Staff act as positive role models and embed the Bowes values through the curriculum and daily school life. Bowes is a very inclusive and nurturing school where we strive for pupils to be independent, motivated and confident individuals. Physical and mental well-being is paramount to ensure pupils are also healthy and happy. Our curriculum choices have been carefully chosen to develop pupil's understanding of diversity and the world in which they live. 

OPPORTUNITY at Bowes Primary School

We are committed to offering all of our pupils the very best of experiences throughout their time at Bowes. We like our pupils to engage and express their ideas in a range of creative forms. Our curriculum enables this, as we provide them with the opportunities to be imaginative and to use experiences and observations to make connections in their learning. Pupils thrive by advancing their knowledge and understanding through a wide range of creative, physical and expressive activities, nurturing their skills and talents while broadening their horizons and enriching their experiences of life. Developing a range of speaking and listening skills, behaviours and language; our pupils become effective communicators and collaborators. Their voice is both heard and valued. 

INCLUSION at Bowes Primary School

We actively seek to remove the barriers to learning and participation that can hinder or exclude individual pupils, or groups of pupils, making equality of opportunity a reality for pupils. We make this a reality through the attention that we pay to the different groups of pupils within our school: girls and boys; disadvantaged pupils; minority ethnic and faith groups; pupils who need support to learn English as an additional language; pupils with special educational needs; pupils with disabilities or medical needs; gifted and talented pupils; pupils who are at risk of disaffection or exclusion; travellers; asylum seekers. 

COMMUNITY at Bowes Primary School

We actively encourage our pupils to establish a sense of themselves within their local/wider community by developing the emotional understanding necessary in order to experience positive relationships and a respect of themselves and each other. Throughout our curriculum, we aim to promote an understanding of our local community and this is frequently used to inspire pupils by drawing upon the rich resources in London. Local history is valued and studied, along with other religious, cultural, geographical and business links. We explore how our school community, local community and wider community are important to us. We value the contributions that they make to our lives and our lives to theirs.  We believe in the power of the parent/family participation and the wider school community to change and enhance lives. Events and initiatives organised by the Friends of Bowes PTA contribute to this sense of community cohesion. 

ENQUIRY at Bowes Primary School

We want our pupils to love learning and to be curious about the world around them. We want them to have the confidence to drive and shape their own learning by questioning, investigating and solving problems. Our curriculum has been carefully planned to promote curiosity, interest, engagement and motivation. Links are made between and within curriculum areas through our Learning Quest approach. Within each Quest, enquiry questions are used to provide a focused sequence of lessons which aim to further develop and deepen knowledge and understanding. Retrieval takes a key place in each learning quest/unit of work to ensure we build on pupils' long-term memory. Quests are launched by finding out what pupils already know, what questions they have and the key vocabulary they will be using.