We value learning how to read, write and use apply maths, being core areas of the school curriculum. Learning how to speak and understand each other is also vitally important, especially as we have lots of children for whom English is a second or additional language. We also know how important it is to apply the core skills in all other areas of learning.
REAL Projects - Rigorous, Engaging, Authentic Learning
Much of the additional curriculum is taught through our "REAL Projects", a series of themed and creative topics with a final outcome rooted in experience. These have been designed alongside the children to ensure that they are fun and engaging, as well as covering the aspects of the National Curriculum.
Our REAL projects ensure full pupil entitlement to the National Curriculum. Moreover, learning is enhanced through an enquiry-led model themed around a 'Big Question' and frequent enrichment opportunities. Hence, our pupil engagement is high and there is a real buzz and positive attitudes to learning when walking into the vibrant and engaging learning environments.
The focus on making learning relevant and meaningful incorporates practical experiences for our children, using both the local environment and further afield. Teachers plan a memorable experience to kick-start each unit of work. This may be an educational visit, a visiting speaker or an immersion day where children discover and explore their new learning.
We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Our new curriculum provides lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that requires children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum.