How Is Our Curriculum Organised?
Our curriculum is organised into a range of cross-curricular, imaginative learning projects. Each project combines a range of subjects to form child-friendly and stimulating themes.
Due to the fact that many of our classes have mixed year groups, we use a two year planning cycle to ensure projects and themes are not repeated. We check the coverage of the National Curriculum against the projects to ensure children are taught the appropriate knowledge and skills for their year group.
Our projects are taught using 4 key cornerstones of learning: engage, develop, innovate and express which bring the curriculum to life. Each stage of learning has its own unique characteristics, which help children learn and remain motivated throughout each imaginative learning project.
During the Engage Stage children will:
- Take part in memorable first-hand experiences such as going on an investigative visit or inviting a specialist visitor into the classroom
- Investigate and discover new things and possibilities
- Be introduced, in exciting ways, to the new topic or theme
- Begin initial research through talk, reading and observation
- Pose their own enquiry questions
- Make observations, develop spoken language skills
- Take part in sensory activities
- Have fun!
During the Develop Stage children will:
- Delve deeper into concepts and knowledge
- Develop specific skills across the curriculum
- Practise and master their new found skills
- Compose, make, do, build, investigate and explore
- Write for different purposes and read across the curriculum
- Find answers to their own questions and those posed by others
- Follow pathways of enquiry based on their own interests
- Explain and describe their learning and understanding
- Carry out home learning activities that support their learning in school
During the Innovate Stage children will:
- Apply previous skills, knowledge and understanding in real life and imaginary contexts
- Solve problems and resolve situations
- Use and apply the skills of creative learning
- Have time to re-visit skills, knowledge and understanding not grasped during the Develop Stage
- Build self-esteem and confidence
- Work in groups and independently
- Take on different roles and responsibilities
During the Express Stage children will:
- Become performers, experts and informers
- Share their achievements with other people - parents, classmates and the community
- Evaluate finished products and processes
- Tie learning back to the beginning
- Reflect upon their own learning
- Articulate their thoughts and ideas
- Celebrate their achievements