Our curriculum is designed to meet the rapidly changing times in which we live and to develop global citizens with a responsibility for the future of the planet. Embedded within the curriculum are the United Nations 2030 sustainability goals. It will equip our children to critically and actively engage with the challenges and opportunities of life in a fast changing and independent world.
Our curriculum motivates, identifies and develops the hidden talents of all our pupils, and enables pupils to take ownership of their learning.
Depth of knowledge is acquired by; mastering concepts, developing skills, acquiring knowledge and deepening understanding. A discreet curriculum of learning behaviours enables children to develop different attributes of learning to support independence.
Our values of Resilience, Responsibility, Collaboration and Success drive our curriculum and are intrinsic to our aims for the federation.
Three principles underlie our curriculum design, based on evidence from cognitive science:
- Learning is most effective with spaced repetition.
- Interleaving helps pupils to discriminate between topics and aides long-term retention.
- Retrieval of previously learned content is frequent and regular, which increases both storage and retrieval strength.
We also understand that learning is invisible in the short term and that sustained mastery takes time. Each theme begins with an exciting day to immerse children into the subject followed by an opportunity for an assessment of prior knowledge and skills.
Some content is subject specific, whilst other content is combined in a cross curricular approach. Continuous provision, in the form of daily routines replaces the teaching of some aspects of the curriculum and, in some cases provides retrieval practice for previously learned content.
Children are encouraged to be independent learners and this is developed through SOLE learning (Self-organised learning environments) Learning is organised in this way at least once for every topic.