Thornton Primary School

Thornton Primary School

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Our Curriculum Intention

At Thornton Primary School, we ensure that our curriculum is engaging and motivates children to learn. We firmly believe that children should come to school excited about what they might discover and must be provided with opportunities to develop a love of learning.


Each new History, Geography and Science unit the children learn about begin with the 'Big Questions'. The children decide on these questions which are then used as a stimulus for their learning. As the unit of work progresses, the children update their own knowledge and vocabulary organisers so that they can regularly refer to them and help ensure they remember key information.


At the start of each topic, an assessment of children's prior learning is carried out, this is repeated at the end of the topic so that learning can be assessed to ensure that children have retained what they have learnt and fully understood what they have been learning about. We believe that it is vital that the children have the opportunity to develop good subject knowledge across all areas of the curriculum.


Developing children’s knowledge and skills sequentially ensures that each week/term/year, a child is provided with the opportunity to build on what they know and understand. All children, no matter what their prior learning, are challenged to achieve their best in all subjects and provided with the knowledge and skills they need to move on to the next stage of their learning. 


Subject leaders and teachers constantly develop their teaching practice to ensure the children at Thornton Primary School receive the best possible education they can. As a school, staff work in collaboration with other local schools and Teaching and Learning Consultants to share ideas about how best to educate children and take part in research to better improve practice at Thornton Primary.


Children are also provided with the opportunity to develop a secure understanding of the world around them; this then enhances a variety of different areas of learning from reading to science to history.


Our Forest School provides the children with the opportunity to apply a wide range of different skills and is used to enhance teaching and learning and is a bespoke component of our exciting, engaging curriculum.