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Our Philosophy:

We, at Goldenhill Primary Academy believe that primary school should be a safe and wonderful place where children want to be, and learning takes place both in and out of the classroom. Learning should be through a mixture of exploration, discovery, creativity and a variety of sensory and kinaesthetic experiences which encourage learners to want to explore more in a journey of lifelong learning.  They will learn the English and Maths skills needed for life and learning and to progress in their education. Children will learn to shape their futures and develop their unique capacities and skills. They will be encouraged to be curious and use thinking skills to innovate, be creative and problem solve. They will develop the first understandings of employment and entrepreneurship. A primary education should set up learners for life, with the knowledge and skills to be well-rounded individuals, emotionally and physically healthy, with an appreciation for and a generosity towards people, the world and the universe around them.

Curriculum intent

The aim of our curriculum is to provide opportunities for children to develop as independent, confident, successful learners with high aspirations who know how to make a positive contribution to their community and the wider society. There is a high focus on developing children’s moral, spiritual, social and cultural understanding. Our broad and balanced curriculum has been carefully designed and mapped out to ensure coverage and progression. It has a project-based, thematic approach and provides children with a range of rich and memorable learning experiences.



  1.  engage children through interesting topics and hands-on activities.
  2. Make meaningful links between subjects.
  3.  ensure that children know, understand and remember more so that they are well prepared for the next steps in their learning. 
  4. make effective connections to the real world.
  5. help children to think creatively and solve problems.
  6. develop children’s capacities to work independently and collaboratively.
  7. enable children to make choices about their learning.
  8.  take account of children’s interests and fascinations.


Our approach:

  1.  develops children to ensure they reach their potential
  2.  helps children to find their passions and interests
  3. supports children’s acquisition of knowledge, skills and understanding
  4. helps children to develop intellectually, emotionally, socially, physically and morally
  5. assists children in becoming independent, responsible, useful, confident and considerate members of the community
  6. promotes a positive attitude towards learning, so children enjoy coming to school
  7. helps children to acquire a solid basis for lifelong learning
  8. creates and maintains an exciting and stimulating learning environment
  9. enables children to flourish within a culturally diverse society

Our Curriculum Design

Our Big Ideas

The Big Ideas underpinning our curriculum:

An Example of How Our Big Ideas Thread Through Our Curriculum.

Humankind Throughout The Curriculum

Structure: (Implementation)

Our curriculum is built on The Four Cornerstones of Learning – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express. These are four distinct stages that actively promote children’s learning and thinking

The Four Cornerstones of Learning link explicitly to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development.


The focus for teaching and planning in each Cornerstone is as follows.



  1. hooks learners in with a memorable experience
  2.  set the scene and provide the context
  3.  ask questions to provoke thought and interest
  4. use interesting starting points to spark children’s curiosity


  1. teach knowledge to provide depth of understanding
  2. demonstrate new skills and allow time for consolidation
  1. provide creative opportunities for making and doing
  2. deliver reading, writing and talk across the curriculum


  1.  provide imaginative scenarios for creative thinking
  2. enable and assess the application of previously learned skills
  1. encourage enterprise and independent thinking
  2. work in groups and independently to solve problems


  1.  encourage reflective talk by asking questions
  1. provide opportunities for shared evaluation
  2.  celebrate success
  3. identify next steps for learning


Memorable Experience

Each Imaginative Learning Project (ILP) begins with a memorable experience that stimulates children’s curiosity and prepares them for a new theme. A memorable experience often involves an educational visit out of school or a visitor coming into school to share their expertise with the children.

Cultural Capital At Goldenhill

At Goldenhill Primary Academy we view ‘cultural capital’ as the characteristics, knowledge and skills that promote social mobility, both now and in the future.  We ensure that children are exposed to a wide range of experiences that will develop their cultural capital and give them an advantage in later life.


Goldenhill Primary Academy- Project overview 2021-2022

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