Our curriculum is taught using a thematic approach, within the theme we aim to cover all areas of humanities, the arts and science for pupils not currently working towards an accredited course. Our aim is to bring together the whole school, whilst allowing different classes to experience different areas within the themes. The school year is broken down into three terms, each represented by a different theme on a two year rolling programme.
Current rolling programme:
Imagination - Autumn 2014 and Autumn 2016
Machines - Spring 2015 and Spring 2017
Holidays - Summer 2015 and Summer 2017
Festivals and Celebrations - Autumn 2015 and Autumn 2017
People and Place - Spring 2016 and Spring 2018
Living Things - Summer 2016 and Summer 2018
The themes are assessed using the essential objectives outlined in work by Chris Quigley. Progress is measured using 9 different descriptors, which encompass every level of learning, showing progress for all pupils.
Each term begins with a whole school launch day, which introduces the theme through a variety of activities and often includes visits from outside professionals. At this time, classes often make themed displays which can be seen throughout the school.
The themed approach provides opportunities for more focused educational visits.