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Curricular Aims and Intent

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Our curricular aims are to develop Growing Minds that are:

Curious, Critical Communicators.

The rationale for the school’s curriculum is underpinned by:

  • the school’s vision for empowered learners which challenges low aspirations, passive learning and social disadvantage

  • the school’s belief that education is transformational - the school uses the term ‘change agents’ for pupils and staff and develops this at an individual, community and global level

  • a focus on ‘deep learning’ of knowledge and skills with cognitive challenge an entitlement for all pupils including pupils with SEND

  • a clear social justice agenda with high expectations for all pupils (see Pupil Premium Policy) which links to deep learning

  • the school’s curricular aims: to develop growing minds that are curious, critical communicators (these aims were selected as they are key components of deep learning)

  • the development of the learner attributes: professionalism, motivation and reflection

  • the school’s values: humanity; a sense of self; celebrating diversity and difference - which seek to be both inwardly reflective and outward looking and to support children to understand themselves as individuals, as members of multi-racial Britain and as global citizens of the world (with the focus on the subjects of Geography, PHSE and RE)

  • a deep understanding of the impact of neuroscientific research on the process of learning with the focus on metacognition, growth mindset, memory and recall and connecting learning experiences (schema)

  • a commitment to social and cultural capital through a knowledge rich curriculum which includes the use of specialist teachers, particularly in the arts, and a programme of wider curriculum experiences e.g. performing in a theatre to a live audience

  • developing a deep appreciation of their geographical locality as a UNESCO biosphere and an area of outstanding natural beauty

The curriculum reflects the needs of our pupils through:

  • a key focus on the systematic teaching of and immersion in a vocabulary rich environment from nursery - Year 6

  • a key focus on the core skill of reading from nursery - Year 6 including the systematic teaching of phonics and Reading for Pleasure

  • a key focus on oracy, dialogic teaching and pupil voice in the classroom so pupils use their vocabulary to reason, explain, justify and communicate their thinking - linked to higher order thinking and deep learning

  • an inquiry-based curriculum with subject specific topics designed to build sequentially on prior knowledge, skills and understanding and that develops ‘curious, critical communicators’

  • challenging topics that develop pupils’ humanity e.g. topic on refugees

  • a focus on the learner attributes, especially professionalism, that reinforces high expectations in all areas of the curriculum and challenges low aspirations

  • developing cultural capital and professionalism, including through an arts rich curriculum

  • staff professional learning and development that focuses on subject and pedagogical knowledge including how teachers can support the lowest 20% to achieve e.g. through PLD on working memory and processing issues 

  • a Thrive based nurture class that builds its therapeutic approach around supporting pupils to access and achieve in academic learning

                            To find out more about the curriculum contact Mr Blunt or Miss Warner by emailing to:


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