Our vision for the curriculum is ‘Deep learning, principled success’
To achieve this we have spoken to stakeholders about three elements of our curriculum provision:
- The intent
- The implementation
- The impact
Within the expectations defined by the National Curriculum and in designing our curriculum we asked a number of questions:
- What aims, values and principles should our curriculum pursue and enact?
- What are the children’s ‘lived experiences’ that frame their outlooks?
- How can a curriculum nurture children’s childhoods as well as prepare them for an adult future
At the core of our curriculum: deep learning, principled success
As such, our principled approach to designing our curriculum is rooted in the child as a learner and as a compassionate, active citizen of the world. A curriculum should empower children to make sense of the complex world in which they live; develop their ability to question; to discuss, challenge and contest diverse positions respectfully and compassionately; and to consider views about our world and how we should live in it.
The curriculum should inspire a relentless optimism for and about children and a restless ambition for what we want them to achieve. Our curriculum should also give children the life skills to flourish and thrive.
Deep learning looks beyond a superficial acquisition of points of knowledge that can be passively recalled in order to answer a question. Instead our curriculum should promote questioning, enquiry and challenge. The learning imparted by adults and children should in turn lead to more or greater learning, so that a piece of knowledge is part of a pathway to other opportunities.
Principled success is concerned with achieving excellence in the metrics by which schools are judged but done so in a way that supports and nurtures the deeper values within our curriculum – who our children are as people and as learners for life, the compassionate advocates of the future. We strive for outstanding outcomes in national tests not as the force that drives our curriculum but as a product of the values that shape our curriculum and our approach to learning.
Our curriculum is accessible to all of our pupils. To find out how our curriculum is accessible to pupils with special education needs please visit the SEND section of our website. You can also contact our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, Miss Rawcliffe (01379 677350 or firstname.lastname@example.org)