We have designed and organised our unique curriculum around the teaching of discrete subjects.
Research argues that each subject’s substantive and disciplinary knowledge needs to be placed at the heart of the curriculum, and the research behind Ofsted’s Education Inspection Framework (2021a) echoes this message.
We have designed our curriculum to be coherent, and one in which helps students to know and remember more. We believe that this approach enables learners to make meaningful links in and across subjects, and to consolidate skills.
- We also believe in unleashing the innovation and creativity of our staff, who know our children and our unique school context better than anyone. We are determined in designing the right curriculum for our school and for each child within it, to ensure everyone has access to a broad, rich and deep educational experience.
- Our curriculum adheres to the National Curriculum, but is built to develop academic knowledge and Learning, whilst promoting contextual understanding of new concepts and empowering children to strive to answer big questions which transcend subjects. We are passionate about breaking down barriers and stereotypes of all types, this begins with our curriculum, where all learning has a value and place in all subjects.
Our units meet the needs and interests of the children, motivating them to gain essential knowledge, understanding, skills and processes of each of the required subjects. We plan regular trips, within and beyond our local area and region, to expand and enrich learning and to enhance children’s access to and experience of Cultural Capital.
Through a carefully designed curriculum, we can immerse children in experiences that inspire them, foster a life-long love for learning, and develop a broad and balanced understanding of the world in which we live; for example, we carefully choose thought provoking novels where a character will undergo a moral journey, thus challenging our own values and behaviours. In Geography, we learn about other countries and their people, learning that compassion is not just about helping other people less fortunate than ourselves, but is more about ‘walking in their shoes’ and truly understanding their context, so we can fundamentally understand how to change our behaviours, and challenge the behaviours of others, empowering us, in our own small way, to change the world.
Through our curriculum, our learners learn to make a difference.