Children are at the heart of all we do! Our curriculum is our children’s opportunity.

Our curriculum is designed around our children, where our school vision and values form the basis of everything we do. At the heart of it is our foundation of developing communication and the creative curriculum. We aim to equip them for life and the workplace in the 21st century. We have high expectations; we challenge and stretch our children in their thinking and learning.

Children are taught to value themselves as individuals and see themselves as part of a wider community both locally and globally for which they share responsibility.

Our School Values teach us:
Respect We learn to respect ourselves, the community and the wide world. 
Equality As an inclusive school, we learn to treat each other as equals.
Kindness Showing kindness towards others helps us to become better citizens of the world. 
Responsibility We take responsibility for our actions and for looking after our school and the wider community. 
Resilience Through challenges and changes, we build resilience. 
Courage By trying new things, we become courageous. 

 

Our curriculum subjects are planned and taught explicitly. Planning is driven by concepts that capture the essence of each subject. They allow us to sequence the curriculum from the Early Years to Year 6. The concepts contain the big ideas and help the children to make connections across their learning. Cross-curricular learning, immersing in progressive knowledge and skills, and outdoor learning is pivotal to our curriculum delivery. It ensures that our children are immersed in vibrant experiences, allowing them to express themselves as individuals.

Using our Creative Curriculum enables the children to have opportunities to explore and investigate key concepts, as well as their own lines of inquiry. We choose themes that ensure the children can make real-life connections. Through our enrichment program, the children are getting access to a range of unique experiences like artists or specialists delivering workshops in school or trips to museums.

Aspirations of Learners:
Requirement: (What do we expect?) Actions:  (How do we provide these?) 
Skills Building on previous skills and adding extra challenges along the way. 
  • Assess previous skills learnt.
  • Developing life skills
Knowledge  A clear progression of knowledge gained from one year group to the next. 
  • Always start topics, revisiting previous knowledge.
  • Address misconceptions 
  • Close knowledge gaps before starting a new topic. 
  • Developing creative thinking through first-hand experiences.

 

Our holistic approach ensures that the child is developed as a whole, enabling them to showcase strengths in different areas. The children understand that all efforts are valued, that making mistakes is also valuable learning and that we celebrate small achievements. 

The curriculum helps the children to understand and value where they have come from (our cultural history), they recognise where they are now (celebrating our uniqueness and our diversity), and they are aware of what we can become (knowing what is possible, seeing beyond the limits put on us and identifying strong role models).

 

Children First Academy Trust Curriculum Intent

The links on the left-hand side will direct you to the pages of Curricular Guides.