The curriculum of our school is a reflection of our school ethos, vision and ambition. We seek to develop the whole child so that they can access all that life can offer. This means that in addition to the explicit curriculum that ultimately leads to external certification, we seek to develop lifelong learners who are spiritually, culturally, digitally and financially literate, in addition to understanding how to remain healthy and safe through their lifestyle choices.
Our Quality First Teaching Principles:
- Highly focused lesson design with sharp learning objectives
- High demands of pupil involvement and engagement with their learning
- High levels of interaction for all pupils
- Appropriate use of questioning, modelling and explaining on the part of the teacher
- An emphasis on learning through dialogue, with regular opportunities for pupils to talk both individually and in groups
- An expectation that pupils will accept responsibility for their own learning and work independently
- Regular use of encouragement and authentic praise to engage and motivate pupils
Curriculum vision: The history curriculum aims to develop an understanding of global history since the Middle Ages and the skills with which to interpret these events, including the ability to evaluate source material and explain different interpretations of the past. We begin Year 7 with a focus on historical skills and these skills are reinforced as we continue our studies. Throughout KS3 we learn about monarchy, empire, conflict and how society has changed over time. Students will develop their understanding of the past through historical sources as well as reading the works of different historians. If students continue to study history at GCSE they will build on these skills as they study a variety of interesting topics. Our main aim is to encourage our students to become historians who are able to think critically about the past and the present.
The impact of the curriculum is to prepare students for the next phase of their educational journey by providing them with the skills they will need in order to flourish at A Level, further study or in the world of work. This extends beyond the requirements of the GCSE as we seek to encourage critical thinking and debate. Students will be able to analyse, evaluate and present arguments clearly and concisely. They will have improved their oracy and literacy through the written and presentation work completed regularly in lessons. In addition to these skills, students will finish their GCSE with a far deeper understanding of the world in which we live.
Please click on the document below to see our subject curriculum map for all years.