It is a statutory requirement for all maintained primary schools in England to follow the Primary National Curriculum. Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which:
- promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society
- prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life
The national curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge pupils need to be educated citizens. It introduces them to the best that has been thought and said, and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.
The national curriculum is just one element in the education of every child. There is time and space in the school day and in each week, term and year to range beyond the national curriculum specifications. The national curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum.
At Fixby Junior and Infant School, we follow the National Curriculum but enhance it with a bespoke Fixby Curriculum which reflects the diversity and needs of our pupils and underpins the Fundamental British Values and the Fixby Values.
Each term focuses on a theme which is cross curricular. Within each theme we provide key opportunities for Inspiration and Aspiration. All themes are introduced through an Inspiration Day which are designed to motivate and enthuse the pupils, developing a love of learning. Throughout each theme, pupil's aspirations for their future are raised by making links to the world of work. Visitors from a number of professions are invited in to school to share their experiences.