Our Curriculum Vision


Joseph Locke Primary aims to provide a creative, inclusive, challenging and real-world curriculum that inspires future thinkers and problem solvers in an immersive environment that stimulates and supports high quality learning. Currently we have three main curriculum drivers that reflect the traits we would like to see in our pupils, the values as a school and the challenges our pupil’s face.

These are:

Sport; promoting a healthy lifestyle

Diversity; developing knowledge of the world

Creativity; embracing the expressive arts.


Through this approach we will ensure that all learners exceed their potential academically, socially, emotionally and spiritually with their families, in their communities as in the wider world ensuring that they become ambitious lifelong learners.

Our curriculum aims

Joseph Locke Primary is a happy and healthy place to learn. Like all schools in England, we must follow the National Curriculum –   – it sets out subjects and content which we must teach. Within this, however, there is flexibility so that we can interpret and plan to meet the needs and interests of our children now and for the future.


·         The key aim for all our teaching and learning is to provide opportunities for all pupils to learn, to enjoy and to achieve.


·         To provide a vibrant, happy and safe environment in which all people can share positive experiences and feel valued.


·         We encourage and stimulate the best possible progress and the highest attainment for all our pupils. Our curriculum builds on pupils’ strengths, interests and experiences and develops children’s confidence in their capacity to learn and work independently and collaboratively.


·         To assist everyone within school everybody to acquire the skills of learning independently and workng as a team.


·         We place great importance on the skills of literacy, numeracy, information and communication technology and problem-solving. We promote skills that help our learners to improve their own learning and performance and that help them to work well with others.


·         To help each child adopt healthy lifestyles with a sound knowledge and understanding of the factors that affects their physical and mental health and emotional well-being.



·         We place a high priority on developing pupils’ physical skills, self-esteem and emotional well-being. We encourage them to recognise the importance of pursuing a healthy lifestyle and keeping themselves and others safe. We promote happy, effective relationships that are based on respect for themselves and for others.


·         To help each child develop a good understanding of right and wrong, respect and treat each other as equals and become decent and responsible citizens


·         We do this through teaching knowledge and understanding of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural heritages of Britain’s diverse society and of the local, national, European, Commonwealth and global dimensions of pupils’ lives. We want everyone in our school to understand and appreciate their own and different beliefs and cultures, and how these influence our communities.


·         To encourage confidence and high aspirations so everyone realises their full potential and talents


·         We provide rich and varied contexts for pupils to acquire, develop and apply a broad range of knowledge, understanding and skills. Doing so enables our pupils to think creatively and critically, to solve problems and to make a difference for the better.


To provide experiences that enable pupils and staff to develop tolerance, perseverance, determination and resourcefulness

Joseph Locke Pedagogy


Joseph Locke Primary prides itself on its entirely inclusive. The “Big Idea” curriculum  approach at Joseph Locke our main driver.  This is a hugely engaging approach, which ensures all our children succeed and all learning is purpose-driven.   It consists of the following guiding principles:


Pupils are both partners in learning, and in their curriculum design. This ownership ensures accountability and enthusiasm, and a passion and excitement for learning.  In consultation, with the pupil’s questions, teachers decide upon an end goal for each ‘topic’ to work towards (The Guiding Purpose).  This Guiding Purpose or Guiding Question provides the purpose to learning.  Pupils then generate a series of questions which need to be answered to achieve the end goal.  These questions are ordered so that everyone understands what will need to be answered at what stage of the unit (The Learning Journey).  Pupils and teachers can then evaluate the successes and adapt the learning their learning as the ‘topic’ progresses. Key skills and Thinking Skills are integrated into a curriculum where pupils understand about the recycling of skills such that transferable Basic Skills are built on to accelerate progress.  Subject specific objectives are used so that discrete subject knowledge is developed and achieved.


The enrichment and diversity of the curriculum enthuses learners and teachers, creating heightened ambition and high standards across the full breadth of the curriculum. Its diversity showcases talents and conceives inspiration. Inbuilt flexibility embraces new technologies and fosters skills of a fast changing world. Breadth of quality of provision is built on expertise of staff and well-developed, sustainable partnerships.


At Joseph Locke Primary School we also aim to ensure that the children develop key deeper learning skills for future learning and life experience. Our aim is that when children leave Joseph Locke Primary School they are able to: problem solve, communicate, reflect, be curious and creative, articulate, analyse and evaluate and collaborate effectively.


To meet the requirements of the National Curriculum, all classes in Key Stage 1 and 2 follow set, pre-planned projects; there are six main projects and some mini projects during the year. We also offer after-school clubs and other extra-curricular activities – encourage your child to join in!


For example, the project ‘Why was it dangerous to go to hospital?’ in Y2 covers lots of Science in the National Curriculum and provides opportunities for our pupils to develop skills in other subjects. In History, for example, children will use artefacts, pictures and online sources to learn about a significant person from Britain who had an impact on medicine and hospitals.


The National Curriculum sets out the minimum content. At Joseph Locke Primary, we make sure children learn lots of additional skills, knowledge and understanding. For example:


We offer a range of after-school clubs and opportunities– these extra-curricular activities go beyond the statutory requirements

If a class or group show an interest in a particular subject, teachers will try to include this in the school year –

Current local / national or international events can provide a great basis for learning – the Tour de Yorkshire coming to Barnsley was a good example


Not all subjects can naturally ‘fit’ within a topic and so these subjects are usually taught in a discrete way. Religious Education does not usually link with a topic and so it’s taught separately. Not everything in Maths links effectively with a topic and so this often runs separately, but is taught by the same teacher and links are made whenever possible.


History is taught as an integral part of our curriculum throughout the school. In Foundation stage it is taught through sequencing events and using time related vocabulary such as today, tomorrow, yesterday, later and earlier. As the children progress into KS1 their experiences widen to find out about significant people from the past and to look at local history. In KS2 we adopt a more enquiry based curriculum where the children attempt to answer questions such as “Who lives in a cave like this?” or “Romans: Friend or foe?” We believe that history is best taught when children have access to handle artefacts, make visits to museums and places of interest, welcome visitors to school to bring history to life through drama and research their topic through the use of non-fiction books and the internet. The history curriculum follows chronological order in British History KS2 starting with the stone age in Y3 through the Romans, Vikings and through to the Victorians in Y6. Various aspects of world history such as the Ancient Greeks and the Ancients Egyptians are taught alongside these topics.


At Joseph Locke Primary School, we endeavour to make Music an exciting, creative and a hands on opportunity for children to develop a range of skills. Each class participates in a singing session every week in which our school pianist (Mr Taylor) plays the piano for a variety of songs that the certain year groups are interested in. We also try and link songs to our topics so we can learn facts through song. As well as singing, KS2 work alongside Musical Contexts which is an online store of music lessons linked to topics that each year group is learning about. Extra-curricular music clubs include choir/glee club, for KS2 and recorder group for beginner players. Our School Glee club participate in a number of concerts throughout the year – including Young Voices at Sheffield / Manchester Arena. The school also invests in the Barnsley music hub scheme, which provides class lessons in ukulele for our year 3 classes. All our children have the opportunity to take part in performances throughout the year, as well as additional projects such as Joseph Locke’s Got Talent.


Science contributes to children’s fundamental understanding of the environment they live in. Here at Joseph Locke, children are encouraged to ask questions about the physical world around them and enquire as to why objects behave in the way they do. We aim to help children understand that finding out the answers is just as important as knowing the answers. Children are encouraged to work together at Joseph Locke to investigate scientific principles and present their findings through the use of statistics and ICT. The school teaches a wide curriculum of science which explores the habitats of the tiniest organisms right up the mysteries of the solar system. At Joseph Locke we enjoy our science lessons and show the children that a future in science can be a rewarding insightful career.    


At Joseph Locke Primary School, we are proud of the multilingual background of our students and foster a love of languages through the teaching of French. All students in school study French weekly, from Nursery through to Year 6, and are taught by specialist French teachers. The emphasis at Joseph Locke is on fun; learning through songs, games and plenty of speaking opportunities. We also provide opportunities to improve reading and writing, using French as an opportunity to emphasise grammatical terms and to highlight grammatical differences with English. Children have the opportunity to develop dictionary skills and master language skills which build a good foundation for any future language learning.

French is also an opportunity to study another culture and to widen children’s cultural awareness and understanding of the world. In particular, we enjoy doing this through eTwinning, which provides an excellent opportunity to communicate with real students in other European countries.


As a school, we embrace the national vision for Computing and appreciate that, to achieve this, pupils must have access to a curriculum which is ‘balanced and broadly based’.

Our aim is to produce learners who are confident, discerning and effective users of technology, who also have a good understanding of computers, how computer systems work and how they are designed and programmed.

We strive to achieve this aim by:

                Supporting all children in using technology with purpose and enjoyment.

                Meeting, and building on the minimum requirement set out in the National Curriculum as    fully as possible and helping all children to achieve the highest possible standards of achievement.

                Helping all children to develop the underlying skills and capability which is essential to developing Computing capability (such as problem solving, perseverance, learning from mistakes) and apply them elsewhere.

                Helping all children to develop the necessary skills to exploit the potential of technology and to become autonomous and discerning users.

                Helping all children to evaluate the benefits and risks of technology, its impact on society and how to manage their use of it safely and respectfully.

                Using technology to develop partnerships beyond the school.

                Celebrating the success in the use of technology.


The teaching of Geography at Joseph Locke Primary School will inspire pupils to have a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Our teaching will equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world will help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. They will learn the geographical knowledge that provides the tools and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.

Religious Education

Aims of the RE Curriculum RE is an important part of the school curriculum and is taught relevant to the child’s stage of development and experience. We seek to provide a clearer idea of what religion is about, the importance that it plays in many people’s lives and how that faith is expressed in their daily lives and routines.

We base our RE curriculum on the Barnsley Syllabus centred around special times, words and places. In addition to this, we also have RE days where we all learn and experience a religious festival. The children really enjoy learning about new cultures.

Design Technology

At Joseph Locke Primary School, we endeavour to make Design and Technology an exciting, creative and meaningful opportunity for children to develop a range of practical skills. Due to the cross-curricular structure of our class year group topics, each Design and Technology project has been planned to build on children’s topic-based subject knowledge, whilst also providing them with the essential skills of designing, making and evaluating. Design and Technology is taught in blocks throughout the year, from Year 1 to Year 6. Children are given opportunities to work within three main areas of development during each topic:

1)               Investigation, disassembly and evaluating the effectiveness of an existing design

2)               Focused practical tasks to develop essential skills for making

3)               Designing and making assignments

Children are given opportunities to work with wood, textiles, food and sculpture. Our school has a wide range of resources to support the teaching and learning of this subject.

To support the teaching of Design and Technology at Joseph Locke Primary School, we have utilised a specialist DT teacher, who leads Design and Technology lessons in Y2, Y4 and Y6, whilst also providing staff with training, which will enable them to lead Design and Technology lessons in the future.

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