The structure of our curriculum
There are clearly planned units across the year for each year group. The units are designed so that the learning is cross-curricular and meaningful for the pupils. Each unit starts with a WOW start/launch to gain the pupils interest. We are lucky to be near lots of fantastic opportunities for off-site education and so each unit gives pupils the opportunity to take their learning beyond the school gates. We understand that learning must be meaningful for all pupils and so ensuring real-life meaningful outcomes for each topic. Each term, parents and carers receive a curriculum map so that they can talk to their children about what they are learning and learn together.
The curriculum (underpinned by National Curriculum requirements) falls into 2 areas that complement each other;
Academic Cognitive Excellence Curriculum comprises of the teaching and assessment of the academic subjects. It is focussed on providing high quality first wave teaching for all our learners so that they leave school with the academic knowledge and skills to move onto the next stage in their learning. Central to this the unwavering high expectations by all staff of the learners and what they can achieve. All learners are tracked with the aim of ensuring that they reach their full potential and any differences are diminished. Where we see differences, actions are swiftly put in place to address them.
The building Bright Futures Curriculum focusses on the emotional, physical and mental development of our pupils. It ensures that they have the opportunity to explore and enhance the skills and strategies to be ready for their futures. The BBF curriculum also gives our students the opportunity (though our children’s leadership programme) to put these skills into practice, while providing them with many additional opportunities, including visits to places of work and develop high aspirations for their future.