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Windmill Primary School

Inspire, Believe, Achieve

Our Curriculum

Curriculum Intent 2021-23

Inspire Believe Achieve

Guided by God’s love, our courage, compassion and advocacy inspire others nurturing, self-belief, resilience and confidence. Together, as one community and one family, we flourish academically, socially, morally and spiritually achieving our dreams and showing the world just who we are.

1 Corinthians 16:14

Do everything in love

 

The Covid-19 pandemic has challenged us to think differently about our curriculum intent, implementation and desired impact. We know that our children need opportunities to rebuild meaningful relationships with themselves, each other and our community. Where they have gaps in learning that need addressing through a broad, enjoyable and creative curriculum that engages, excites and reignites a love of learning. Our curriculum must celebrate our rich community and provide children with the opportunity to engage with the best of what has been thought, said and produced (cultural capital). The curriculum needs to be meaningful and impactful developing fluency and mastery in which children have opportunities to apply knowledge with increasing complexity to a range of contexts over time. Our curriculum must enable pupils to develop resilience, confidence, advocacy, and their understanding of their place in the world at a time of significant societal change. Never has the need been greater to win heads, hearts and minds enabling pupils to inspire, believe and achieve.

The foundations: What are we trying to achieve?

1) Meaningful and impactful learning leading to mastery, fluency and a broad body of knowledge set out in the National Curriculum (Head)

2) Relationships, community identity, character education, cultural capital, citizenship, morality and spirituality (Heart)

3) Healthy, resilient, confident, communicators, problem solvers and advocates who value self-improvement (Minds)

Curriculum Implementation (Pedagogy)

Head:

1) A rich and broad curriculum built on meaningful experiences and covers the full National Curriculum delivered through subject specific teaching and cross curricular topics.

2) Creative, cross-curricular themes/topics/projects rich in oracy (debating and presenting), language (vocabulary) and literacy built on a clear progression framework for each subject

3) Reading widely to unlock learning. Reading is power.

4) Skilled ongoing assessment leading to practise, support and challenge at the point of need

Heart:

1) Opportunities to collaborate in enquiry-based learning

2) SMSC opportunities underpinned by peer advocacy groups, pupil leadership, peer tutoring, coaching and social action

3) Community projects, first hand experiences (including trips, visitors and workshops), enquiry, focus events and celebrations

4) Values-based worship

5) Inclusivity in which pupils value diversity and teaching is adapted to meet the needs of all pupils

6) A full range of clubs and enrichment activities

Minds:

1) Emotion coaching and zones of regulation

2) Growth Mindset and resilliance with opportunities to work independently and collaboratively

3) Self-reflection, self-assessment and metacognition (learning to learn)

4) Celebrations and topic end points

 

Curriculum Impact (Outcomes)

Heads

1) Pupils develop a deep body of knowledge. Pupils know more and remember more in each curriculum subject. They develop deeper learning and are well prepared for transition

2) Pupils develop fluency and mastery in each area of learning

3) Pupils are able to re-apply knowledge and themes to new contexts

4) Pupils avoid cumulative dysfluency (this is when they don’t learn what they need to learn and therefore cannot access new learning later on) by staff identifying gaps and misconceptions and adapting the curriculum accordingly.

Hearts

1) Pupils develop character, build strong positive relationships and value difference.

2) Pupils appreciate cultural capital in a broad range of subjects and know their place in their communities (local, national and global)

3) Pupils make a positive contribution to society and have a strong personal sense of morality

4) Pupils are accepting of difference an value diversity

Minds

1) Pupils are resilient, confident and motivated to take on challenge

2) Pupils are physically, emotionally and mentally healthy and form positive relationships

3) Pupils know how they learn best and can apply this to new learning

4) Pupils are articulate and communicate well to a range of audiences

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For more information on our schools curriculum please contact Miss Beveridge, 01924 470555