At Springhead, we follow the national curriculum but we determine how we plan and deliver it, alongside other important learning experiences, to give our children the very best chance to achieve their potential.
Our curriculum is designed to: recognise children’s prior learning, provide first hand learning experiences, allow the children to develop interpersonal skills, build resilience and become creative, critical thinkers. We recognise the power of the wider curriculum to enhance the learning across all subjects, and engage all types of learners; we truly teach a broad and balanced curriculum.
“Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember;
involve me and I’ll understand.”
Learning that is set in context is fundamental to our curriculum approach. Staff have a common understanding of what that means for their practice. By giving staff freedom, they are creative with their planning and teaching and pupils are excited and curious about their learning. Staff have embraced the notion of being a class facilitator, rather than predominantly a disseminator of knowledge and skill and as a result, lessons are focussed on ‘learning’ not ‘doing’. We recognise that getting the curriculum right is not easy and it takes regular reflection, trial and improvement.
We prioritise the wider curriculum in our timetables to ensure an accumulation of significant knowledge and understanding, enabling every child to express their talents and interests. Our curriculum allows a flexible approach to adapt to the needs of all learners. Teachers have a good subject knowledge and plan with the curriculum aims in mind, ensuring that work is both ambitious and inspiring. A love of reading is promoted and children are encouraged to read widely to deepen their understanding. English and maths are planned across the curriculum, looking for opportunities to use and apply both subject skills in foundation subjects.
Subject leaders play an important part in the success of the curriculum by leading a regular programme of monitoring, evaluation and review. They each collate evidence in subject leaders’ files and regularly hold pupil interviews in order to check on knowledge and skill acquisition. Subjects are planned to ensure progression of knowledge and skills across school.
We look for any chance to provide our children with curriculum enrichment opportunities such as trips, events or experiences which can provide our children with new ways to absorb knowledge and gain skills.
Every child at Springhead is celebrated for what they can do, and encouraged to fulfil their potential.
If you would like further information on the curriculum we teach, please contact the school directly.