Our curriculum is the means by which we ensure that our children receive their fair share of the rich cultural inheritance our nation and our world affords. It aims to empower children with the knowledge they are entitled to: knowledge that will nourish both them and the society of which they are members. This cultural inheritance includes the study and practice of artistic endeavour and social and physical skills as well as intellectual thought. Our intention is that our children are suitably equipped to contribute positively to their community and to wider society.
We have an obligation to our children – they are entitled to a world-class curriculum that offers them the best possible opportunity to succeed. The curriculum will be planned and sequenced so that the understanding of key concepts is deepened. Connections within and across subjects (vertical links which are ‘high yield’ concepts revisited in the same subject over years, horizontal links, which are made between different subjects in the same year and diagonal links, which makes links between different subjects in different year groups) will be made around a topic (schema-building) so that children understand their learning is inter-linked.
Teachers will be confident that their subject knowledge is strong enough to deliver a sequence of learning with precision and clarity. They will focus on developing the long-term learning of children, not just the here-and-now. With that in mind, retrieval practice will feature throughout the curriculum so that children are encouraged and supported in remembering what they have been taught. This will be supported by assessments that we ask the children to take part in.
Community involvement is an essential part of our curriculum as we celebrate local traditions, learning new skills to enable the children to take an active role in events throughout the year.
Children leave the academy with a sense of belonging to a tightly knit community where they have the confidence, knowledge and skills to make decisions, self-evaluate, make connections and become lifelong learners regardless of socio-economic factors.
For more information please contact Mr Curtis White – 01924 679680