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Curriculum Overview

Structure and Organisation:

Our curriculum is organised into three areas, ‘Discover’, ‘Explore’ and ‘Create’. Central to the curriculum are Core Skills that underpin everything we do:

Active Learning:

  • To seek out and enjoy challenges
  • To collaborate with others
  • To show commitment and perseverance
  • Assess themselves and others

Basic Skills:

  • To speak clearly and convey ideas confidently
  • To read and communicate ideas in writing efficiently and effectively.
  • To calculate efficiently and apply skills to solve problems
  • To use new technologies confidently and purposefully

Creative Thinking:

  • To ask questions to extend their thinking
  • To generate ideas and explore possibilities
  • To overcome barriers by trying out alternatives or new solutions
  • To connect ideas and experiences in inventive ways
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Working across three terms allows us to explore areas of the curriculum in greater depth.  In the autumn term, the main theme is History; in the spring term, its Geography and STEM, and in the summer term, we focus on the Arts.  Further skills are mapped to each term and embedded throughout the year.

 

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Project based learning

Using a project based learning model, essential questions are generated as drivers for termly projects.  Which are presented to a range of critical audiences.

 

All our projects are relevant to the world the children live in today and address complex issues.  We aim to develop an understanding of what is possible and a belief that they can make a difference.

Children are encouraged to take responsibility for their learning.  Projects use a combination of direct teaching, facilitated learning and guided discovery.  Children work alongside experts and professionals, take part in visits and residential trips and learn both indoors and out.  We encourage children to work collaboratively, flexibly and with high levels of independence.          

 

We have consistently high expectations of learning and outcomes.  Children are encouraged to improve their learning at every stage and in all subjects through redrafting.  They are encouraged to never settle for anything other than their best work.

How you can help

Ask your child about what they are learning in school

Come to the open sessions each term where you can see how we teach reading, writing, maths and topic.

Use the internet and library to help your child to find out more about their topic

Encourage your child to practice their reading and maths skills everyday

Talk to your child’s class teacher if you are unsure about anything, they will be happy to help

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