What is the intent behind our curriculum?
Our curriculum is designed with three goals in mind:
1) To give all children enriching experiences to develop as confident and responsible citizens
2) To let all children read and experience a broad range of quality texts as a key strategy investing in cultural capital;
3) To provide for all children, a coherent, creative, academic curriculum that allows everyone to reach their potential
1. Enriching Experiences
Three drivers shape our curriculum, bringing about the principles and values of our school:
• Community: to give our children learning experiences that develop a strong sense of community in a rapidly growing area, and to also develop a tolerance and understanding of those outside their local community
• Child-led: children to have to opportunity to shape the upcoming learning which increases engagement as it makes learning more relevant to their lives and interests.
• Professional innovation: teachers have the professional freedom to shape lessons based on their in-depth knowledge of the community and the children.
2. Quality Texts to invest in cultural capital
Cultural capital is the background knowledge of the world pupils need to be able to be ambitious in in their career choices in later life. Without this knowledge they cannot infer meaning from what they read. At Allerton Bywater we want to use quality texts alongside a broad range of learning topics to give our children the language they need to express themselves, learn and open their eyes to the wider world. Key texts underpin and contextualise all learning.
3. A Coherently Planned, Academic Curriculum
Curriculum breadth for each year group ensures each teacher has clarity as to what to cover. As well as providing the key knowledge within subjects it also provides for pupils’ growing cultural capital.
Learning objectives are the key disciplinary aspects of each subject and taken from the National Curriculum.
Progression is written to give teachers further clarity and breakdown of the knowledge, skills and understanding in each subject area, for their phase.
Differentiation by teaching style (through the language of learning), resource, task, challenge and support are the key ways Allerton Bywater adapts teaching to accurately pitch learning.
How is our curriculum implemented?
At Allerton Bywater, it is expected that:
1) EYFS up to Year Six have dedicated class story time every day
2) EYFS up to Year Six have a ‘Word of the Week’ with dedicated time to discuss and explore this
3) Year One to Year Six have daily calculation practice sessions (‘Fluent in Five’) to practice and embed key arithmetic skills
4) Learning behaviours to develop resilience, empathy and creativity are taught through the curriculum, assemblies and by pastoral support when it is required
Nothing is learned unless it rests in pupils’ long-term memories. This does not happen, and cannot be assessed, in the short term. Assessment, therefore answers two main questions: ‘How well are pupils coping with curriculum content? and ‘How well are they retaining previously taught content?’
What is the impact of our curriculum?
The impact of our curriculum is that by the end of each phase, the vast majority of pupils will have achieved the expected national standard whilst some will have sustained a greater depth of understanding of the content, that is, they remember it all and are fluent in it. We track carefully to ensure pupils are on track to reach the expectations of our curriculum.