At Ravenshead, providing our children with opportunities for learning which lead to maximum growth and development is our top priority, including designing and implementing a curriculum that is best suited to their needs. We want to provide them with a curriculum with both breadth and depth, that is highly relevant and purposeful, exciting for both staff and pupils, and that will really make a difference to their outlook and views. We aim to offer a wide range of inspiring, engaging and exploratory learning experiences, developing cultural capital through planned activities, such as residential trips, and teaching them about human creativity and achievement.
We want the pupils’ learning to be more ‘big picture’ oriented and less about ‘box ticking’, tapping into their strengths, such as a great work ethic and an eagerness to learn, as well as addressing their weaknesses.
Underpinning all of our core beliefs are our Christian Values of: Hope, Care, Community and Wisdom. These form the foundations to our learning and are embedded across the school ethos.
Our curriculum is centred around our focus of ‘taking care’: -
Taking care of ourselves.
Taking care of our learning.
Taking care of our community.
Taking care of our future.
Taking care with God.
We use Dimensions ‘Learning Means the World’ Curriculum as the vehicle for this, with a view to changing our pupils’ hearts, as well as their minds.
In order to prepare our children for their future lives, our curriculum is based around four core areas centred upon world issues:
Within these core areas are big ideas which ensure that children gain a real appreciation of human creativity and achievement (cultural capital). These are:
· Leaders of societal change
· National leaders, empires and dynasties
· Inventions and developments exploration
· Disciplinary discoveries.
Using skills in tandem with knowledge building, children within our school are able to construct a clear subject narrative over time, with key foundational concepts and vocabulary further developed in each topic as they progress through the school. This leads to curriculum depth and lasting learning.
In Early Years Foundation Stage, the Dimensions themes running throughout the school are followed, however the children's interests are also interwoven. The 'Birth to 5 Matters' document and Early Years Profile has been used to map progressive objectives across both the Foundation 1 and Foundation 2 years, linking these to themes and general school year activities. This ensures that a progressive curriculum is received by all. These objectives are differentiated for those pupils with SEND and linked to the Small Steps Curriculum for specific children. Independence is promoted throughout the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and the developmental stages of children's learning in different areas and skills are taken into consideration in all planning and practitioner interactions.