Nelson Mandela Primary School

Nelson Mandela Primary School

Putting your child at the heart of learning


At our school, the intent is to provide a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and as stated in the DFE National Curriculum for England:

  • promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at our school and of society, and
  • prepares pupils at our school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

The aims of our curriculum:

  • To fulfil the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum, maintaining high expectations of pupils’ attainment through teaching of knowledge and understanding and progression of skills, applied to a breadth of contexts.
  • To provide pupils with a secure and positive sense of their own identity and enable them to make sense of their world and their place in it.
  • To develop pupils as rights-respecting citizens, teaching them respect for others and to value equality and diversity.
  • To expand their childhood experiences giving opportunities for deeper insight into our world and promoting aspiration for their futures.
  • To teach children the values, attitudes and skills they need as they grow up; ensuring they are equipped to keep themselves safe; to be mentally and physically healthy; to be life-long learners with ambitious futures.
  • To empower our pupils to be active citizens who can participate and make a difference in our school, to their community and our world.

In order to deliver these aims, our curriculum;

  • Has a clear and detailed curriculum map which sets out the learning objectives for each subject and ensures appropriate breadth and progression.
  • Has subject specific policies giving further detail for each curriculum area.
  • Highly values the contribution PSHE makes to a child’s development and future success.
  • Develops children’s own positive self-identity whilst teaching respect and understanding of others who are different from them.
  • Highly values the Arts and the enrichment this brings; providing ambitious learning opportunities which stretch our pupils.
  • Promotes the inclusion of physical activity and mindfulness into daily life and understanding of the benefits this provides.
  • Includes progressive units of learning about local heritage to promote a sense of pride and belonging in Birmingham.
  • Nurtures curiosity, exploration and discovery; promoting self-efficacy and giving opportunities for children to develop life skills.
  • Is underpinned by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  • Teaches about democracy, global goals and social enterprise and provides opportunities for pupils to be active global citizens.
  • Includes teaching about important and challenging issues; such as the holocaust, radicalisation and extremism and Black Lives Matter.
  • Is supported by enrichment opportunities; trips, visitors and resources to extend and enhance learning.
  • Is supplemented by assemblies and focus weeks/days and by collaborating with select organisations when these provide additional expertise or opportunity.
  • Responds to pupils’ needs, for example for SEN or EAL through appropriate differentiation and/or professional support.
  • Is organic and responsive – just as the world changes our curriculum content should not remain static. Though the principles and aims are constant, specific content will change as necessary.
  • Is relevant and purposeful to our pupils
  • Challenges and sets high expectations of our pupils.

Nelson Mandela School: Curriculum Map Overview

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