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Curriculum Overview

The end point to the Gossey Lane Curriculum is designed so that our pupils are Globally aware citizens, who take advantage of experiences for learning, show responsibility and can fulfil the Gossey Vision:

To enable everyone, regardless of differences, to achieve their full potential by acquiring the skills and knowledge necessary to flourish in life.

This is underpinned by our ASPIRE values:

Acceptance, Strive, Pride, Independent, Reflective, Exceptional

Our Mission: Getting it Right for Everyone.

Our Curriculum Intent

We have worked hard to design a curriculum that ignites our children’s aspirations and interests and helps them to know more, remember more and do more. Some of our children have limited life experiences in their day to day lives, so we want to give them the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in life and the confidence to follow their interests and passions.

  • British Values were identified as crucial to ensure these core community and school values are taught across all year groups. 
  • Cultural capital enables us to teach the children about the best that has been thought and said. 
  • Oracy develops the pupils listening and speaking skills. 

It was important for us to establish a planning framework for our teachers, so every subject was mapped out in detail to clearly identify the knowledge and skills that need to be learnt by the end of each stage of learning. These Progression maps enable us to ensure our curriculum content is age appropriate, aspirational and builds on prior learning.

We have devised Knowledge Organisers for all foundation subjects and Science. These are a summary of key facts and essential knowledge that children need to learn about the unit of work. They help us to check progression across year groups, enable quizzing and recall activities in class, help us to pre-teach children who need more support and help you, our parents, to know what your children are learning and enable you to support them in this learning. 

To view our topics please follow this link - Topic Overview 2022/23

Gossey Intent

What drives our Curriculum?

Our Curriculum at Gossey Lane aims to provide our pupils with a wide range of learning opportunities and experiences. It is our desire that the children and their families value their learning and seize all opportunities whole heartedly. It is our aim that by the time children leave Gossey Lane Academy to embark on the next stage of their education, they are equipped with the academic skills and knowledge and that they have developed  the personal attributes needed to enable them to become successful citizens of the future.

How do we organise our curriculum?

At Gossey Lane, we block teach the following subjects: RE, Science, History, Geography, Art, and Design Technology.  This is so we can ensure children can remember their learning and teachers can easily make cross curricular links. Please see the topic map below which states what is taught and when. 

For Art and DT we have planned 2 additional skills-based days (Autumn term) so that we can pre-teach component skills required for the upcoming project following by an additional two-day post project (Summer term) to address any misconceptions that have arisen during implementation.   

Some subjects are taught weekly, and these are: Music, PE, Computing, PSHE and MFL. 

Topic Map








How are these gaps addressed?

1. Creating a ‘Culture of Reading’ quality texts throughout school, and a drive to improve pupils reading skills. Accessing texts that may not be available in the home
2. Quality experiences are available locally, to be planned into the curriculum. WOW openers, quality materials, excellent visits/ visitors.
3. Social disadvantage is addressed by immersing pupils within a topic through all of the above.

A good standard of Reading and Maths is developed along -side the above.

A progression of skills ensures pupils knowledge and skills move forward as they make progress through school.

Evaluation of this is through Mind maps created throughout the topic, and through presentations made by pupils toward the end of their topics on their new learning. Presentations may take a variety of form, art gallery, podcast, letter etc.

Cultural Capital – introducing pupils to the best that has been thought and said, is planned within each topic.

Knowledge organisers support the building of knowledge and applying that knowledge as skills (implementation)

How will teachers do this?

Teachers will become experts in topics enabling pupils to embed concepts into long term memory.
Teachers create an environment which is focused on pupils
Reading is prioritised, pupils must read widely and often
Phonics is prioritised
Work is demanding
Pupils are taught how the brain works (short and long term memory)
Pupils are prepared for Secondary life and beyond.

Progress is measured in terms of; knowing more, remembering more, being able to do more.

How will we ensure that the children of Gossey Lane are prepared for the future?

Personal development at Gossey Lane Academy
We teach pupils to build confidence and resilience.
How to engage with society, and provide opportunities to do so.
Develop as active citizens.
Understand fundamental British Values.
Understand Equal Opportunity and be Inclusive.
Learn Character skills (skills builder.)
Understand how to be mentally healthy.
How to have a healthy life style.
Understand safety on line.

Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Development at Gossey Lane Academy.
We teach pupils to be Reflective (on life.)
Have knowledge and respect for different faiths and religions, feelings and values.
Know the difference between right and wrong and apply it to their own life.
Understand that theirs and others actions have consequences.
Understand different cultures.
Have a knowledge of British Democracy, and Parliament.
Be able to respond to, and take part in cultural opportunities for example in the arts, music and sport.

Documents that support our curriculum