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Our Curriculum Drivers

Our Curriculum Drivers

As a school community and informed by our school vision and values, we have identified five curriculum drivers which we know are fundamental to our children’s current and future success, and these provide the foundations for our curriculum.

Questioning

Children discuss, debate, question and challenge the different ideas, opinions and views they encounter in school, through the curriculum, from local and national news and current affairs, and from social media; in doing so children think critically and develop informed opinions, views and ideas of their own.

Communicating

Children develop the social and emotional, physical, linguistic and cognitive skills in oracy that facilitate and enable successful discussion, inspiring speech and effective communication, and which allow children to participate in and contribute to all aspects of their lives through having a voice.

Identity

Children develop a positive identity, high self-esteem and a secure sense of place, belonging and history which enables them to understand both their rights, roles and responsibilities, and those of others, and to work alongside and empathise with people from all backgrounds.

Aspiration

Children acquire the knowledge and have the experiences both inside and outside of the classroom that open their eyes to the arts and sciences, travel, culture, significant people and the world of employment; these serve to stimulate curiosity, imagination and ambition, and children are aware of world of opportunities which are open to them, their aspirations are high and they develop the necessary self-efficacy to begin to meet those aspirations.

Independence and Resilience

Children are resilient and self-reliant. They are able to communicate in different ways, work independently, in partnership or take the initiative and lead when necessary, persevering with problems when the going gets tough to both solve them and find alternative and creative solutions

 

Our curriculum drivers serve as the foundations for a challenging and carefully designed and sequenced, enquiry-driven curriculum, and inform the design of lessons and the teaching strategies and pedagogy which support it. The knowledge, skills, concepts and vocabulary children acquire have been carefully mapped in each subject area to ensure that the curriculum as a whole allows all children, irrespective of their starting points, to progressively build a concrete and well-rounded understanding of the world in which they live, and equips them with the knowledge that enables them to make connections, question and make sense of what they see, hear and read. In our curriculum design and implementation we aim for all children to develop core, subject-specific and wider knowledge and skills alongside the attributes and qualities they will need in order to progress successfully through the different stages of their primary education and beyond. We know this journey will take children through an increasingly diverse world. Our curriculum must equip children with the knowledge, skills and understanding which will enable them to express themselves clearly and articulately; the ability to empathise, get on and work alongside people who may be very different to themselves; and to draw on their breadth and depth of knowledge and skills to think creatively and critically around new problems and challenges.

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