The curriculum at Okehampton Primary is designed to be child-centred where consideration is given to what the children know, are interested in and can do, as well as what they can usefully learn next.
Children are viewed as individuals, each with their own characteristics and learning needs. Okehampton Primary attempts to honour the uniqueness of every child while recognizing that each individual is a member of a community, needing to learn how to help others and to use help from others as well as working individually.
Our central concern in planning the curriculum is to support the school's broad educational aims and to meet the identified needs of the children through its formal programme of lessons and extra-curricular activities.
We firmly believe that the primary curriculum should be based on the reality of the child. The early years of children's education are vital and it is important that we should create firm foundations in their knowledge and understanding of basic concepts and provide them with the skills to learn, and to continue to learn in a rapidly changing world.
A key principle upon which we base our school's curriculum is that it should be planned to provide increased opportunities for using and practicing skills. Teaching approaches used within the school should therefore Continue to recognize the developmental characteristics of children, so that active learning, based on first hand experience, will enhance interest, involvement and sense of value, and at the same time provide a context upon which to base abstract ideas and generalizations.