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Curriculum Offer HCAT

Intent: Knowledge, skills and the National Curriculum

Our approach to the curriculum is through a thematic/topic based approach underpinned by the accelerated learning approach to teaching and learning. The key concepts, principles and themes from the National Curriculum have been developed into a range of progressive knowledge & skills through which the children are helped to grow and develop to succeed in 21st century Britain. This skills-based curriculum with an emphasis on knowledge acquisition allows a creative way of teaching and learning, enabling us to move away from discrete lessons into a more meaningful, engaging, topic-based approach for the curriculum.

The curriculum we offer is designed to meet the needs of all our pupils by providing purposeful contexts which engage our children. It is rich, varied, imaginative and ambitious and meets the needs of individual learners but can easily be adapted for pupils with additional needs. Through regular assessment, tasks are matched to the ability of each child through differentiated activities, adult support, providing a level of challenge that is stimulating for pupils and questioning skills.

To ensure correct coverage over time, cohort maps are filled in to ensure breadth of study across school.

Implementation: Accelerated Learning

The Accelerated Learning Cycle, based on the work of Alastair Smith, is applied in all lessons. It stems from the idea of a supportive and challenging learning environment. The cycle has active engagement through multi-sensory learning, encourages the demonstrating understanding of learning in a variety of ways and the consolidation of knowing.

We value the importance of direct experience within the curriculum so that teachers draw out and develop children’s thinking and capacities in meaningful contexts.

Core knowledge and skills are at the heart of the learning process with the children exploring a wide range of topics, to prepare them for life.

Impact: Assessment

Formative assessment is ongoing throughout each lesson. It judges progress and enables the teacher to make flexible adaptations to thier planned teaching.

INCERTS is used as a summative assessment for foundation subjects. The knowledge and skills-based curriculum is regularly highlighted to identify any gaps or misconceptions to be addressed or passed onto the following teachers.

Our Progressive Skills Curriculum
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