Curriculum Intent

We are proud of our broad and balanced curriculum at Pot Kiln it gives all children the opportunity to develop as independent, confident and successful learners. 

Our Curriculum:

We provide a broad and balanced curriculum at Pot Kiln which gives all children the opportunity to develop as independent, confident and successful learners and who have high aspirations.

Our pupils are provided with a vibrant, engaging, knowledge-rich curriculum that equips them with the skills and understanding necessary to be active, responsible citizens in an ever-evolving world. We expect success from all of our pupils. Everyone is encouraged to achieve as individuals, in preparation for how they will contribute to society, the economy and the environment.

Our learning community seeks to inspire our pupils and in 2021/2022 we have renamed our classes after inspirational people. Over the academic year all children will have the opportunity to learn about all 12 inspirational people, ranging from activists to sports people to national treasures such as David Attenborough, Greta Thunberg to Marcus Rashford and Mary Anning.

This will give our children the skills to make a positive contribution to their community and the wider society. This will also give our children positive role models to aspire to.

The curriculum pathways at Pot Kiln are creative and designed to teach and embed important knowledge and understanding and life skills. They provide children with memorable experiences in addition to diverse and rich opportunities.

Each curriculum pathway enables progression and continuity throughout the school under the guidance of the subject leaders. The team of curriculum leaders are constantly developing and evaluating the subject areas. They adapt and improve the curriculum alongside our ever changing technological world. The new curriculum planning and assessment tool (2021/2022 and beyond) which will be implemented in September was developed by 5 staff team members in order to refine and hone it before implementation. It ensures all pupils have an ambitious curriculum which is designed to give all of our learners the knowledge and cultural capital they need to be successful adults.

Our school nurtures its children. What do we mean by nurture – Nurturing means more than giving your child food, shelter and clothing. It is about building a healthy and strong emotional relationship (attachment) between our staff and our children and between the children themselves. We do this through our positive and respectful culture and by creating an environment where our children feel safe.  Our curriculum supports the personal, emotional and mental well-being of all the children. If a child is particularly in need they may also access Thrive support. Thrive is a programme of social and emotional development and growth for children and young people.

We focus on developing children’s moral, spiritual, social and cultural understanding, as well as appreciating British Values, ensuring all our children are well prepared for life in modern Britain. Our curriculum enables the skills of resilience, confidence and independence to be fostered and we regularly check in with the children as to their physical and mental health. Our School Parliament helps our children to play a meaningful role in the leadership of our school and also helps their understanding of the values of our school house system of collective tolerance, liberty of the individual, mutual respect and democracy.

Public Sector Equality Duty

In order to comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED), schools must publish their equality objectives statement – a declaration of aims that ensures equality for all members of the school’s community.

Pot Kiln Primary School Equality Objectives Statement

 Opening statement

 We welcome our duties under the Equality Act 2010. The school’s general duties, with regards to equality are:

  • Eliminating discrimination
  • Fostering good relationships
  • Advancing equality of opportunity

We will not discriminate against, harass or victimise any pupil, prospective pupil, or other member of the school community because of their:

  • Sex
  • Age
  • Race
  • Disability
  • Religion or belief
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender reassignment
  • Pregnancy or maternity
  • Marriage and civil partnership

We aim to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, with special emphasis on promoting equality and diversity, and eradicating prejudicial incidents for pupils and staff. Our school is committed to not only eliminating discrimination, but also increasing understanding and appreciation for diversity.

Aims to eradicate discrimination

We believe that a greater level of success from pupils and staff can be achieved by realising the uniqueness of individuals. Creating a prejudice-free environment where individuals feel confident and at ease is a commitment of the school. This environment will be achieved by:

  • Being respectful
  • Always treating all members of the school community fairly
  • Developing an understanding of diversity and the benefits it has
  • Adopting an inclusive attitude
  • Adopting an inclusive curriculum that is accessible to all
  • Encouraging compassion and open-mindedness

We are committed to having a balanced and fair curriculum. We believe that our pupils should be exposed to ideas and concepts that may challenge their understanding, to help ensure that pupils learn to become more accepting and inclusive of others. Challenging and controversial concepts will be delivered in a way that prevents discrimination and promotes inclusive attitudes. We will also respect the right of parents to withdraw their children from certain classes which pose conflicts to their own beliefs.

Dealing with prejudice

We do not tolerate any form of prejudice-related incident. Whether direct or indirect, we treat discrimination against all members of our school with the utmost severity. When an incident is reported, through our thorough reporting procedure, our school is devoted to ensuring appropriate action is taken and a resolution is put into place which is both fair and firm.

Our pupils are taught to be:

  • Understanding of others
  • Celebratory of cultural diversity
  • Eager to reach their full potential
  • Inclusive
  • Aware of what constitutes discriminatory behaviour

The school’s employees will not:

  • Discriminate against any member of the school community
  • Treat other members of the school community unfairly

The school’s employee’s will:

  • Promote diversity and equality
  • Encourage and adopt an inclusive attitude
  • Lead by example

Equality and dignity in the workplace

We do not discriminate against staff with regards to their:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marital or civil partner status
  • Pregnancy or maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation

Equality of opportunity and non-discrimination extends to the treatment of all members of the school community. All staff members are obliged to act in accordance will the school’s various policies relating to equality.

We will guarantee that no redundancy is the result of direct or indirect prejudice. All disciplinary procedures are non-prejudicial, whether they result in warnings, dismissal, or any other disciplinary action.

Prejudice is not tolerated and we are continuously working to promote an accepting and respectful environment for our school community.

Latest review: August 2021

Through walking these pathways throughout their Pot Kiln journey, and through our curriculum and school culture every child is encouraged to reach their full potential and be “The Best they can Be.”