We are currently reviewing our Curriculum content taking into account the context of the lives of our children and the community in which they reside. We are focusing on developing a curriculum that will ensure our children build up skills and a body of knowledge that will offer them new possibilities and opportunities and help them succeed through the rest of their lives.
Please click on the picture below to read our Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact Statement.
We have created an approach to learning which complements the acquisition of basic academic skills. A curriculum has been created around the idea of developing, global citizens who have strong moral values and attitudes with the knowledge to support this. Children who think critically, work co-operatively and who value equality, diversity of opinion & ethnicity and have strong global awareness and sense of social justice.
We believe that all learners are entitled to an education that equips them with the knowledge, skills and values they need to embrace the opportunities and challenges they encounter, creating a future that they want to live in and to be a global citizen who contributes to and values their world.
This will be achieved through units of learning which develop knowledge and understanding through the following six overarching global themes, reflecting issues in the children’s world:
- Identity and Diversity
- Peace and Conflict
- Social Justice
- Saving our Environment
- Our Heritage
- Our World and Beyond
One theme will be selected each half term which will be linked to a topic using high quality text.
Curriculum learning is brought to life through high quality texts that are carefully selected to link to the overarching themes as well as providing opportunities to build on knowledge and develop values in a way which connects to children’s lives - who they are, how they fit into the world and how they contribute and respond to it.
Sequences of discrete curriculum knowledge
Sequences of lessons are carefully planned to ensure children have the knowledge and skills needed to apply their learning in a final authentic outcome, which allows children to showcase their learning in a creative way. This is clearly planned using our ‘Medium Term Progression’ planning.
We expect the journeys that teachers plan in the lead up to the authentic outcomes to be active, engaging and inspiring.
When designing sequences of learning across the curriculum, we use a ‘planning backwards approach’. At the heart of this is a thinking process that enables our teachers to plan and teach from a clear and well-defined destination, analysing what knowledge and skills are required to achieve deep small steps of progression. We believe that planning backwards is a journey that starts with the intended outcome very clearly in mind.
Please see below an example of the dioramas created by children from Reception to Year 2 as part of our work on the book Bog Baby.
To enable the children to create these dioramas in Science they learnt about the plants and animals that can be found in different habitats and they were taught a range of Art skills and Design and Technology skills including:
- printing using different shapes and materials
- making printing blocks
- paint mixing focusing on different shades
- investigating pointillism
- developing cutting skills and techniques
- methods of joining card by making flaps and stands
- skills of making holes and tying on hanging loops.
- skills of joining using the 2D decoupage technique.
All the knowledge and skills learnt were applied in the planning and making of the children's dioramas. Please click on the picture below to look at the powerpoint of the amazing outcomes!