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The rationale

Our curriculum is richly developed to ensure skills and knowledge are built in a progressive way. We ensure that deep and connected learning takes place in the classroom and across the year. We have planned our curriculum around core themes, values and guiding principles which are tailored to our pupils.

What is special about our curriculum is that our themes span across the whole school thus allowing our children to come together as a community learning in a purposeful and connected way. The learning journey of our pupils starts with opportunities to guide their learning experience. At the end of each half term, pupils showcase their learning with others. Each theme will culminate in an experience day.

Deepening learning and developing skills

A knowledge and skills-based curriculum can help to deepen pupils' learning. It focuses on the key information that students need to understand in order to make progress across all subjects. Knowledge and subject content is key to:

  • Developing critical thinking skills
  • Developing an ability to analyse
  • Carrying out high-level problem solving

Additionally, knowledge-led instruction helps to:

  • Minimise confusion and prevent misunderstanding or misconceptions
  • Help pupils to remember what they are learning

It is important to find a balance between knowledge and skills, and factual learning and practical skills should be incorporated into the curriculum equally.

What will the curriculum look like?

. The Importance of Subjects for Understanding

Subjects work. They are the most effective way of organising the curriculum to ensure pupils learn.

Teaching through subjects ensures broad and deep coverage of different domains.

The Importance of Knowledge for Skills

Subject content has proved again and again to be the best and most secure foundation for innovation, creativity and invention.

Critical thinking skills require background knowledge and cannot be separated from it.

The Importance of Sequence for Memory

Optimal order of content needs careful consideration within and across subjects.

Content must be sequenced cumulatively, incrementally and ideally with interleaving so that it is consolidated and revisited

Curriculum aims

Our curriculum aims/intends to:

  • Provide a broad and balanced education for all pupils that are coherently planned and sequenced towards cumulatively sufficient knowledge for skills and future learning and employment
  • Enable pupils to develop knowledge, understand concepts and acquire skills, and be able to choose and apply these in relevant situations
  • Support pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
  • Support pupils’ physical development and responsibility for their own health, and enable them to be active
  • Promote a positive attitude towards learning using Guy Claxton’s ‘Learning Powers’
  • Ensure equal access to learning for all pupils, with high expectations for every pupil and appropriate levels of challenge and support
  • Have a high academic ambition for all pupils
  • Equip pupils with the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life
  • Promote the learning and development of our youngest children and ensure they are ready for Key Stage 1

Recovery curriculum focus on wellbeing, PSHE and the core skills in English, reading, phonics and mathematics. To ensure access to broad and balanced curriculum teachers will use formative assessment approaches such as KWL grids and planning sessions to support children and reconnect with the curriculum and identify gaps.

For more information about our curriculum please arrange to speak to your child's class teacher or Ms Hanham.