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Bethany CE Junior School

Part of the ocean learning trust

"Inspiring learning for life - hope for the future"

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The School Curriculum

Curriculum Statement

 

We aim to provide the children with an inspirational, creative and challenging curriculum that prepares them for life now and beyond school. We start with the child at the centre and we ensure children have the opportunity to learn in creative, exciting environments, with opportunities to tackle real community problems and work alongside professionals in the local area and beyond. We intend for children to become lifelong learners who realise their full potential: socially, emotionally and spiritually.

 

Curriculum Principles

 

1. Real World Projects 

 

Pupils will engage in innovative and exciting projects in which they can gain knowledge and skills by working collaboratively and independently. They will study a project for an extended period of time and respond to a complex question or situation that requires them to apply their gained knowledge and skills to solve real-life problems. The teaching will foster curiosity about the world and the children will be allowed the space and time to consider and make sense of what is being observed. The projects will be based around the 4C’s (Curiosity, Compassion, Creativity, Confidence). The teachers and teaching assistants main role is to inject ambition, provoke thought, ask great questions, challenge mediocrity and bring passion to the learning. facilitate the children and help them overcome fears and obstacles so they can discover they can do more than they might believe.

 

2. Challenge Based Learning 

 

Through the projects, the children will be posed a key challenge. They will use resources, questioning, creativity and problem solving skills to solve the task. The pupils will have time to work with staff and professionals to ask creative, high quality questions and will develop subject knowledge. As learning is both a personal process of discovery and a social activity, children will be increasingly responsible for their own learning and reflection. During and at the end of the project, the children will be required to present their findings and explain the learning process that has happened and reflect on mistakes and success along the way. They will be able to present to parents, carers, other children, the community and local professionals who may have helped with the process.

 

3. Self and Peer Critiquing 

 

An ability to reflect on learning and recognise where the barriers and successes lie is at the heart of teaching and learning. The children will learn how to draft their work and develop and improve it to ensure that they are proud of their achievements and understand what it takes to succeed. They will follow 3 simple rules when giving feedback: be kind, be helpful and be specific. As the children will be producing work that is purposeful and real, they will take pride to produce their best. During celebrations, the children will be able to talk through the drafting process and will be proud of that learning journey.

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