We CARE • Curiosity - Aspiration - Respect - Enthusiasm

 

We CARE • Curiosity - Aspiration - Respect - Enthusiasm

The Curriculum at Cholsey School

 

At the heart of our school curriculum is our vision and values.

We want our children to be excited and enthused about what they are learning. We want them to engage fully by having a say in what they are learning about and encouraging them to ask questions and be curious at all times. We want to celebrate learning and achievements by engaging our whole school community.

We have a collaborative approach to learning that involves whole school umbrella topics. At the start of each topic we aim to have a launch event of some kind to generate interest and spark curiosity. The umbrella topic will be covered in different ways across the main school phases.

For example, our autumn topic of Our Wonderful World was focused on the local environment in KS1, rivers and oceans in lower KS2 and rainforests and natural disasters in upper KS2. The children were asked what questions they had about these topics and learning was tailored to this where possible. At the end of each big topic, we aim to have a celebration event where learning across the school is celebrated and parents and carers are invited to come in and see what we have achieved.

We are careful to ensure that our curriculum is built upon the following foundations. Our experienced staff work hard to get the most out of their subject areas.

Excitement

Children will develop a love for learning that makes school an exciting place to be.

Retention

Children will retain knowledge and apply their meta-skills to different situations.

Progressive

Children will have a broad experience that is carefully mapped out to ensure progression and reduce repetition.

Collaborative

All stakeholders in the school will work together to enhance the learning experience

Adheres to School Values

All topics will align with school values vision and mission. We will not compromise these.

Our staff created the following word web to illustrate what they believed our curriculum can offer:

Our outstanding curriculum wordle

The hallmarks of an outstanding curriculum

 An outstanding curriculum:

  1. is underpinned by aims, values and purpose
  2. develops the whole person – knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes
  3. is broad, balanced and has clear progression in subject knowledge and skills
  4. is filled with rich first-hand purposeful experiences
  5. is flexible and responsive to individual needs and interests
  6. embeds the principle of sustainability
  7. has an eye on the future and the needs of future citizens
  8. encourages the use of environments and expertise beyond the classroom
  9. makes meaningful links between areas of knowledge across the curriculum and the major issues of our time
  10. has a local, national and international dimension