DDAT Curriculum Vision
Our trust aims for all their schools to provide its pupils with a substantial, broad and balanced curriculum, ensuring that they are fully immersed in knowledge, skills, vocabulary, opportunities, responsibilities and experiences relevant to the world in which they live.
They recognise that each school is unique and has developed its own curriculum intent. As a trust, they believe that it is essential to recognise what is important to each individual school’s identity; their pupils and communities. Across the schools, our curricula do not look the same because our schools are all different. We support each other in curriculum implementation and schools work well together as well as with the School Improvement Team to improve shared priorities.
Professional development is fundamental to our success as a MAT equipping school leaders and all staff to deliver the very best to the children in all our schools.
St. George’s C.E. Primary School aims to provide an exciting curriculum, which is relevant to our children, but which also makes them want to find out more and enriches their lives, both now and in the future. Our curriculum complies with our duties in the Equality Act 2010 and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014. It is accessible to all.
We celebrate all our abilities and our differences.
The core values of our ‘COURAGE’ vision are what we want the children to have experienced during their journey through St. George’s:
The principles which underpin our curriculum are:
- Inspire enjoyment, achievement and aspiration through engaging, exciting and stimulating activities and environments;
- Develop and challenge every child to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to succeed as learners throughout their life;
- Ensure equal rights of access to each area of the curriculum, irrespective of ability, gender and ethnic or cultural backgrounds;
- Instill the values of democracy, liberty, respect and tolerance.
When planning our curriculum, at the very forefront, is the absolute desire to excite and challenge all pupils whilst providing them with the essential knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences they will undoubtedly face in life beyond New Mills.
Determining the design of the curriculum (including the concepts and skills pupils must grasp), are the endpoints our school wishes the pupils to reach. Since knowledge exists in rich schemata, we ensure that our pupils are taught concepts and skills in an order that enables them to make useful connections. Within our school curriculum, vocabulary plays a significant part in embodying and communicating concepts through reading, exploration of new vocabulary and its meaning within contexts that stimulate our pupils’ thinking.
Underpinning our curriculum design and sequencing is our school’s vision. We value every child and every moment and therefore our curriculum is structured to ensure that our pupils can be the best that they can be by providing them with the building blocks of what they need to know, remember and be able to do to succeed. As our pupils journey throughout school, they know more and have more capacity to learn.
From the very beginning of their school life, St. George’s works closely with our families, our local schools’ cluster and the local community to provide links and experience in and around school. Working alongside other organisations brings meaning and opportunities to the children in both school and the wider world.
We also feel it is vitally important to engender children’s interest in the world around them. By providing new opportunities and exciting experiences we hope to give the children aspirations for their future and to prepare them for life outside school.