Northampton Primary Academy Trust Curriculum - Aims and Principles
A broad, rich and rigorous curriculum is at the heart of Northampton Primary Academy Trust’s vision to achieve educational excellence; creating opportunities and enriching lives. It forms an essential part of the trust’s mission to develop a multi-academy trust of highly effective and sustainable schools.
The trust’s aspiration and ambition is for every child to achieve highly, for every school to be a great school and every individual to continually improve. We see access to a well-sequenced and well-planned curriculum, taught by highly skilled, knowledgeable teachers, as the route to educational excellence and an entitlement of every child in NPAT schools.
In the trust, a broad, rich and rigorous curriculum is seen as the driver of school improvement, not a casualty of it.
What is the curriculum?
NPAT schools subscribe to a broad and comprehensive definition of ‘curriculum’ as ‘all the learning which is planned and guided by the school’ (Kerr quoted in Kelly 1983). This requires planning and decision making to be intentional across all areas of school life.
NPAT schools recognise the following recent definition of curriculum by Ofsted.
“The curriculum is a framework for setting out the aims of a programme of education, including the knowledge and skills to be gained at each stage (intent); for translating that framework over time into a structure and narrative, within an institutional context (implementation) and for evaluating what knowledge and skills pupils have gained against expectations (impact/achievement).” (Ofsted 2019)
The importance of knowledge
The NPAT curriculum has a clear focus on the acquisition of knowledge content. It is constructed as a narrative over time with clearly planned vertical, horizontal and diagonal links. It is based broadly on National Curriculum content.
The curriculum is rooted in research about Cognitive Science; its sequencing, coherence and intentional development of pupils’ schema. High quality professional learning opportunities for teachers to develop appropriate subject knowledge will augment the implemented curriculum materials.
‘The vast, accumulated wealth of human knowledge, and what we choose to pass on to the next generation through teaching in our schools (the curriculum), must be at the heart of education.’ Amanda Spielman (HMCI)
Values within the curriculum
Weston Favell CE Primary School shares NPAT’s values of aspiration, collaboration, integrity, community and a genuine commitment to sport and the arts. These values permeate school life and are a central part of the planned and enacted curriculum.
Throughout the curriculum, children meet and learn about the 'British values' of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance both explicitly and implicitly.
As a school we are committed to providing enrichment opportunities for all of our children. This is through a variety of trips, visitors into schools, sporting festivals and competitions, themed days, music events and events planned across the NPAT Partnership group these enable our curriculum to come alive for our children. Throughout their time in school children have the opportunity to take part in three residential visits. These trips are highly successful and are enjoyed immensely by all, allowing the children to travel further away from home and to develop their independence whilst feeling safe and secure with their friends and familiar adults.
NPAT curriculum for Religious Education, History, Geography and Science
Staff from across our schools have collaborated to write schemes of work and knowledge organisers for these subjects for Years 1-6.
Please download the curriculum maps for each school year and the NPAT long term maps for these subjects provided on the side of this page.