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The Big Question

We want to make learning irresistible and ensure that all children achieve their very best. To help us realise this goal we organise the children’s learning into purposeful and exciting “Big Questions”. This approach allows children to acquire and embed a range of skills across the curriculum areas but through one motivating topic.

Examples of our “Big Questions” are:

What is freedom?

Do natural disasters bring communities closer together?

Why was Manchester an important industrial city?

Who were the ancient Egyptians?

Our team of talented staff carefully plan each “Big Question” to target the skills that should be covered under the national curriculum. There is good communication between Year groups to ensure that themes remain diverse, and balanced. This means that the foundation subjects (Art, Design, Computing, History, Geography) are all taught in a relevant way which appeals to young minds.

We are keen to equip our children with the skills they will need for their futures. To make sure this happens we incorporate adventurous projects into our “Big Questions”. Children in Year Two produce a class animation based around a traditional tale, all year groups improve their critical thinking skills by engaging in P4C (Philosophy for Children) sessions. Children in Year Four have the opportunity to go on a residential visit to Castleton and conduct a study of the local area. These projects and many more contribute to a well-rounded leaning experience which enhance confidence and develop essential skills.

We are currently looking at the new national curriculum and making the right adjustments so that our “Big Questions” remain appealing and balanced while addressing the updated requirements.  

"The leadership of the headteacher and the executive headteacher is outstanding."