Curriculum Intent and Our Actions

Curriculum Intent

Context-specific design considerations

In designing our curriculum, we spent time recognising the specific/unique contextual needs of our school and our children. Therefore, our curriculum design initially aims to address eight key contextual aspects. They are to:

  1. Encourage our children to be aspirational so that they reach their true potential
  2. Develop language, vocabulary and communication skills
  3. Promote a love of a reading
  4. Develop our children’s ‘cultural capital’ by providing a wide range of experiences and opportunities
  5. Ensure children have a strong understanding of, and exposure to, diversity and British Values
  6. Support the social and emotional development of our children
  7. Give children opportunities to be creative
  8. Encourage children to be active

You can see how each of these intent statements look, in action, at our school by downloading our 'Intent Actions' document at the bottom of this page.

General design considerations

With the above in mind, our curriculum design also aims to:

  • Encourage high standards in all we do
  • Include opportunities for children to develop their life skills and be exposed to first-hand, experiential learning
  • Ensure the full breadth of the National Curriculum is delivered as a minimum pupil entitlement and is tailored to the needs and interests of our children
  • Ensure that our curriculum is coherent and progressive
  • Make explicit the knowledge it intends to impart, and deepen, through a knowledge-led approach that underpins the development of ‘skills’ and ‘competencies’
  • Ensure that clear and purposeful links are made within and across subjects to help develop children’s ‘schemata’
  • Provide children with regular opportunities to recall, and reflect on, their learning so that it sticks in their long-term memory
  • Protect the ‘subjectness of subjects’ so that children are clear on what they are learning and how they can progress
  • Provide children with opportunities to learn from, and about, their locality and its heritage
  • Promote a clear set of personal, social and learner values – our WINGS (see 'values' on our homepage).