We aim to provide our pupils with an engaging and empowering curriculum that equips them for today and tomorrow, building on their natural curiosity and thirst for new experiences and knowledge.
We view the curriculum as the totality of every planned/unplanned experience and interaction that pupils encounter within our school. It informs every aspect of our practice and culture from academic content to the personal development of characteristics and virtues.
Our curriculum aims to improve the life chances of all children by ensuring each child becomes:
- A resilient individual, who tackles challenges positively and makes good progress by knowing more and learning more.
- A respectful person who values other people’s perspectives, beliefs and differences in culture, gender and sexuality.
- A responsible citizen, able to live a safe and healthy life and also make a positive contribution to society.
We follow the National Curriculum across all subjects including; English, Mathematics, Religious Education, Science, History, Geography, Art and Design, Design Technology, Physical Education, Music, French (from Year 3) and Computing. Personal, Social and Health Education is also taught and covers RSE, Philosophy for Learning, British Values, Citizenship and Safer Messages. We have made some enhancements; children have access to weekly woodland learning sessions and half termly visits/visitors or residentials. These cover the breadth of curriculum subjects.
All pupils study the breadth of the National Curriculum including those who have SEN and/or disabilities and those who are disadvantaged. Expectations are high for every pupil and appropriate levels of challenge and support
Subject leaders carefully plan a sequenced curriculum, ensuring new knowledge and skills build on what has been taught before. Clearly defined end points are identified to show what pupils should know and can do. As the children move to the next year group, the next teacher then knows where to start. Knowledge and skills are constantly revisited and refreshed to ensure that they become embedded. Effective, regular assessment supports this, helping teacher’s in producing next steps for pupils. To aid understanding, subject specific vocabulary is taught explicitly within every lesson.
As well as being knowledge rich, the curriculum has a strong emphasis on developing the ability and desire to learn, developing children’s creativity, curiosity and critical or analytical skills.
Pupils come from a mixed urban area of Wirral. Our curriculum builds on the interests, strengths, talents and experiences of all our pupils, providing the ‘cultural capital’ (the best knowledge, skills and understandings) they need to succeed in life. The curriculum promotes: Global, Social, Health, Environmental, Financial, Entrepreneurial, Spiritual, Social and Cultural awareness. We aim to widen the children’s horizons and raise aspirations about the world of work and further education. One of the ways we do this is through children learning about a range of inspirational people, both male and female and who share the context of the pupils who excel in the subjects studied e.g. designers, architects, scientists and chefs.