The curriculum has been designed to ensure that all national curriculum objectives are met across the school; the development of pupils’ knowledge is both contextually relevant and sequentially progressive in all subjects and across all year groups; and that there is equity of access to curriculum for all pupils including the most disadvantaged pupils and pupils with SEND.
The curriculum planned so that the knowledge and skills pupils will gain at each stage is defined and there is clear ongoing progression from EYFS to the end of KS2. It ensures that all subject leaders across the two schools are planning for knowledge, understanding, skill and progression. This is to ensure pupils transitioning from the infant to the junior school are able to use their knowledge and apply it to new learning.
Each sequence of lessons within a topic is made up of learning questions.
At the start of each sequence pupils are posed a ‘Driver question’, designed to introduce the topic, challenge their thinking and draw upon previous knowledge. Pupils will return to this question throughout the topic as their knowledge and depth of understanding increases. These questions are displayed in classrooms and provide reminders of learning and support pupils to develop understanding of knowledge and skills of the subject area and the cross curricular links made throughout the term.
Each lesson within the sequence also has a focussed learning question. These support pupils to develop new knowledge linked to the focus of the lesson. The accumulation of this new knowledge throughout the topic is used to respond to the Driver Questions.
Our curriculum aims to: