At Queensbridge Primary School we teach our children through a creative topic-based curriculum
At Queensbridge we have an inclusive curriculum with a holistic approach that is relevant to all learners and reflects the communities we are part of. We celebrate one another’s cultural diversity and learn about different faiths and traditions. This creative curriculum is driven by our school values (perseverance, respect, possibilities and collaboration) so that learners develop a broad and deep understanding of key skills in curriculum subjects as well as becoming spiritually, morally and culturally aware of the national and global society we live in.
At Queensbridge we teach using a bespoke creative, topic based curriculum so that children can make connections across all areas of their learning. It allows for progression as the children build on their skills each year. This is a cyclical approach so that children build on their knowledge and understanding every time they revisit an area of learning. This enables the children to learn these objectives at a deeper level. We use the Chris Quigley key skills and have incorporated them into our creative topic based curriculum. The topics develop each year from in Year 1 learning about The Great Fire of London to comparing London and Nepal in Year 6. Objectives are repeated in a number of meaningful and exciting ways. Creative workshops and experiences are utilized such as an opera visiting the school. We have strong links with local art galleries, theaters, music venues and museums. Our children benefit from a wide range of enrichment activities such as music performances at the Tower of London, community print making workshops and legacy art projects.
Queensbridge takes pride in its creative provision for all children, inspiring everyone to find their talent and develop.
We do this by immersing children in their learning through cross curricular planning and learning opportunities. We foster a life-long love of learning in all areas through providing real life opportunities e.g. trips, launch days and special visitors. All staff have high expectations of children’s learning and behaviour. There is a clear understanding of the pedagogy that underpins outstanding teaching. Teaching and learning is driven by purposeful assessment in order to know where children are and where they need to be. Classrooms support the development of key skills as well as being reflective of our cross curricular approach. This approach enables all learners to understand the possibilities in their learning and the future.
At Queensbridge we want to create reflective, engaged and excited learners. Our pupils are stimulated to be curious and ask questions. We aim to develop them to be independent and to have a mind-set where they are able to develop their own learning. They will persevere to achieve and are encouraged to discover through light bulb moments. Through providing these opportunities we aim to create learners that are able to use these tools to independently learn, thereby creating a cycle of success. Children know how to extend themselves. Our children recognise that failure and making mistakes is part of the learning process, encouraging them to take risks.
What the parents say:
‘ a cohesive and committed staff with outstanding leadership and an extremely friendly, welcoming atmosphere’
‘my child is so happy at school- she skips in each morning!’
‘highly inclusive, with many opportunities provided to try different things, find childrens’ talents and real nurturing going on at the same time’
‘we love the project based homework new grids- children can follow their own interests as well as look in greater depth at their topics’
‘ we loved our training and our community involvement on the school’s printing press’
‘the children have great opportunities to learn about a diverse range of artists- look at the amazing calendar this year … Dec 2017′
‘we enjoy Turkish community art club and making clay pots’
‘the shows in this school get better every year- this years Grimm’s Tales were outstanding- from the making of the props, scenery, acting, choreography to the singing’
What the children say:
‘we have breakfast, lunch and dinner here – it’s like we live here!’
‘We get to do lots of tricky and hard work and get our brains going.’
‘You can imagine yourself in your own little world in the classroom’, recalling the pleasure of creative writing.
The teaching fires pupils’ enthusiasm and gives them a hunger for learning. Another pupil said, ‘I like to push myself to the next level’.
‘We swap knowledge about what we’re learning’.
‘We have fab trips (we utilise being in London) and have performed many times at the Royal Albert Hall and in the Barbican.’
Pupils play an active role in assessing their own and their classmates’ work, and gain a good understanding of what makes an effective piece of writing
What Ofsted says:
Pupils make outstanding progress because the teaching is outstanding and pupils are enthusiastic learners…topics are introduced throughout the school, giving teachers more opportunities to develop pupils’ skills across different subjects. For example, older pupils combine literacy and historical skills in a study of Britain during the Second World War. Pupils are very enthusiastic about this development, and they help in the planning. Music provision is another of the school’s strengths. Pupils love the visits and opportunities to participate in events such as the Hackney Music Festival.
This is a good school, with outstanding aspects to its work. The headteacher’s dynamic leadership inspires and unites the whole school community and generates a real excitement about learning. A parent spoke for many when she said, ‘The atmosphere of inclusion and encouragement is wonderful’. Pupils love coming to school and take full advantage of the excellent extra-curricular activities. Their personal development and well-being are outstanding. They show one another great respect and work and play together harmoniously. Achievement is good.
For further information about our creative curriculum please contact Rhiannon Mapleston via the school office: