Our Curriculum Journey
We started our curriculum journey in the summer of 2019 with a detailed review of the curriculum at the time. We found that whilst the National Curriculum was being followed, the foundations for the curriculum were not based upon teaching that enabled the children to gain a deep body of knowledge through lessons and concepts that were sequenced.
We knew and felt strongly that reading had to be the 'golden thread' to learning. Our aspiration for our new approach was to therefore base our curriculum on high-quality texts. We would then use these texts and design a whole-school theme. This saw the evolution of our ‘Journeys’ theme for the summer term of 2019.
Year groups considered the expectations of the National Curriculum and linked these outcomes to chosen texts. The texts were used as the basis to deepen pupil’s understanding of concepts as well as promoting a love of reading. We found that this approach captured the pupil’s imagination, created interest and forged stronger links between subjects. Rather than seeing a series of isolated lessons, we could clearly see learning which was sequential and connected.
The success of this has given rise to our new curriculum approach which is underpinned by clear sequencing of learning, the development of a rich body of knowledge and the opportunity for pupils of all ages to begin to link their learning together.
What do we want from our new curriculum?
Over the course of the year, the children will encounter three core questions:
Where can I find out more about the curriculum for each year group?
A detailed overview of the curriculum by year group can be found in the 'Curriculum Overviews' section below.
Information about your child's curriculum theme coverage can be found by accessing your child's year group page.
If you need more information please contact the Phase Leaders:
EYFS & Key Stage 1 - Mrs Whitmore & Miss Paddock
Key Stage 2 - Mrs Veli & Miss Twinning
Please note that as our curriculum evolves across the 2019-20 academic year, year group overviews may be tweaked and changed.