A knowledge rich curriculum for lifelong academic, social and personal achievement
The underpinning aims of our curriculum are to empower pupils to consistently develop the three areas of achievement as outlined in the ensuring excellence document.
· Achievement – Academic
· Achievement – Personal
· Achievement – Social
· Successful learners who enjoy learning, understand how to learn, make good progress and achieve excellence.
· Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.
· Responsible citizens who can make a positive contribution to society, with a global awareness.
· Individuals who can develop strong and secure relationships.
The curriculum is ambitious providing breadth and balance. It is designed to provide all pupils particularly disadvantaged pupils and those with SEND, the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. This will include the development of a love for reading and confidence in the use of powerful language and vocabulary. Our curriculum develops character and in particular supports all children including those with particular mental health and wellbeing needs. Our curriculum is coherently planned and sequenced so that all pupils build sufficient knowledge and skills for future learning. The curriculum will be enhanced with planed and appropriately sequenced educational visits/experiences, extra-curricular activities and careers opportunities to ensure pupils are ready for the next steps in their educational journey.
The 5 key expectations for our Curriculum:
• We deliver the national curriculum or can demonstrate that our curriculum is of similar breadth/ambition in each subject.
• Our curriculum remains as broad as possible for as long as possible.
• We have ensured that the curriculum contains content that has been identified as most useful, and taught in a logical and sequenced progression.
• We ensure pupils can remember and/or retrieve the curriculum content long term.
• We are clear about what we want pupils to learn and why. We can demonstrate how this is put in to practice in our curriculum planning.
Monitoring and Evaluation:
Monitoring and evaluation of curriculum planning, implementation and impact is carried out in line with the school’s Monitoring and Evaluation Schedule and takes the form of subject reviews, learning walks, lesson drop ins, student, staff and leader interviews. The curriculum delivered in each subject will be reviewed annually by Heads of Department and Subject leaders to ensure the sequence of delivery allows pupils to build on their knowledge and that pupils are sufficiently stretched and challenged. The curriculum hours and subjects offered will be analysed by the senior leadership team and governors on an annual basis.