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Our Curriculum Aims and Principles

The Glebelands Curriculum covers every aspect of a child’s time in school.

 

Aims of the Curriculum

The Glebelands Curriculum must ensure that all children:

  • Gain the essential knowledge, skills and understanding that will allow them to fully participate as active citizens;
  • Develop enquiring minds and acquire a love of learning that extends throughout their lives;
  • Become critically self-aware, knowing their strengths and areas for development;
  • Can recognise and celebrate success and learn from failure, being resilient and able to take calculated risks;
  • Are able to adapt and change, to think creatively and work independently and collaboratively;
  • Take pride in all that they do, aiming for the highest possible outcomes
  • Gain life skills such as the ability to support themselves, to be financially literate, to be able to use IT effectively and responsibly;
  • Form a shared set of values – friendship, kindness, sharing, tolerance, responsibility;
  • Develop healthy habits so they are fit and healthy and make responsible and informed choices;
  • Gain a knowledge and respect of their and others’ cultures and this country.

 

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Principles of the Curriculum

It provides children with a range of learning experiences through-

  • first hand investigation and exploration, learning through play, problem solving and research;
  • discussion and debate;
  • visits and visitors, including residential visits;
  • the opportunity to take part in activities with children from other schools (workshops, performances, sporting events);
  • the imaginative use of resources, including IT;
  • innovative and experimental approaches that inspire curiosity and fully engage children;
  • the use of drama, film, music, dance and art;
  • relating learning whenever possible to real life situations including economic activities;
  • opportunities to help and support others in school and in the locality;
  • making learning fun and enjoyable;
  • active participation in competitive and non-competitive sports and outdoor activities.

It is covered through a variety of approaches, principally through cross-curricular topics, but also through one off lessons, themed days and weeks.

It utilises all possible learning environments – outdoors, the locality, IT.

It is flexible and responsive to –

  • children’s ideas and interests;
  • local and world issues;
  • news events;
  • issues within school.

It is delivered in an effective partnership with parents and carers through clear communication and support.

It supports, in a variety of ways, the less and more able in all aspects of the curriculum (academic, artistic, physical, social).

It gives children the opportunity to learn in different ways using a range of learning styles, encouraging children to take control of their own learning.

Celebrates success –

  • high achievement;
  • individual progress;
  • determination and resilience;
  • individual talents (we are all great at something);
  • care for themselves and others.

It provides opportunities for children to work independently, in pairs, in groups, cross phase and with other schools.

It encourages children to take responsibility for their actions, their learning and their relationships with others.

It provides time for children to explore moral, social and spiritual issues and to develop their own beliefs and values.

It covers the core knowledge required by the National Curriculum but is adaptable and forever changing.