At James Knott we believe that childhood should be a happy, investigative and enquiring time where there are no limits to curiosity and there is a thirst for new experiences and knowledge.

We have a clear ambition for every pupil and through an inclusive, creative curriculum encourage every child to reach their full potential. We support our pupils to develop knowledge, understand concepts and acquire transferable skills through a mastery curriculum that deepens learning and encourages our children to question, persevere, take risks and ‘let their light shine.’

We recognise children’s prior learning and by providing first hand learning experiences we allow them to develop interpersonal skills, build resilience and become creative, critical thinkers. Use of the outdoors and regular enhancement opportunities in STEM, the arts, music and sports as well as imaginative learning projects allow children to work collaboratively and to make choices and engage fully in their learning.

A clear and rich literature focus supports the development of vocabulary, reading and writing in all subjects. This, alongside high expectations in speech, language and communication strengthen the children’s ability to learn at a deeper level, allowing them to articulate their learning; demonstrating quality thinking and application of skills and knowledge.

We aim to develop skills in literacy and numeracy, clearly demonstrating how these skills are relevant to their lives at school, at work and in their relationships. Most importantly we believe that our pupils should leave us with the capacity for and a love of learning no matter what they are doing.

We believe that it is vital to educate our pupils both academically and holistically. Physical and mental wellbeing underpin our curriculum allowing children opportunities to exhibit spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding. We aim to explore the importance of values whilst respecting differences and believe in empowering our pupils to look after their own health and wellbeing. We celebrate children’s individuality and creative talents and gifts.

We value the strength of our local community and encourage our children to make a positive contribution by being active, caring and respectful members with an understanding of their role within it. The James Knott mini police force is one example of this.   Our curriculum aims to develop citizenship, leadership and team building skills, confidence and self-awareness. We celebrate the cultural heritage of the area and strive to build children’s aspirations, demonstrating possibilities for their future lives and broadening horizons.


Medium term plans:


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Year 6