Intent – What are we aiming to achieve through our curriculum?
- To ensure a well varied curriculum is adapted each half term through our Year 8 themes.
- Crime and Punishment – focussing on crime and punishment throughout the ages, how punishments have changed, looking at right and wrong and also how to make the right choices.
- Film – focussing on film throughout the ages, how films are made, looking at characters and storylines and creating their own film.
- Myths and Legends – focussing on Greek and Roman myths and how they have progressed over time, looking at local legends and creating our own mythical creatures.
- Chocolate – focussing on the history of chocolate, how it is made, where it comes from and reading the story Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
- Gaming – focussing on the development of gaming and technology over time, looking at coding and developing a good story for others to enjoy.
- Summer – focussing on how to stay safe over the summer, looking at holiday destinations and how to book a holiday.
- To provide education which is adapted to suit the needs of our students.
- To provide a calm and safe learning environment that is learning focussed.
- To ensure students are learning to the best of their ability.
- To promote health and well-being.
- To ensure students are building on their life skills in each lesson.
- To ensure that our Valley Values are at the heart of learning.
Implementation – How are we delivering our curriculum?
- To adapt learning to each student.
- To teach through topics and build on knowledge and experiences.
- To allow students to generalise and draw links more easily between subjects.
- To build on numeracy and literacy skills.
- To track progress termly to be able to share progress with families and use to support our students.
- To provide home learning each half term to enable the students to build upon their learning at home.
- To allow regular use of Class Dojo to promote sharing learning regularly with families and promoting student achievement.
Impact – What difference is the curriculum making to our students?
- To enable all students to meet or exceed their expected progress in all subjects.
- To provide a safe and exciting environment to make learning enjoyable and memorable.
- To build confidence and resilience by regularly over learning learnt skills.
- To ensure goals are reachable but stretching and challenging all students.
- To enable students to be well prepared for access to the next stage of their education.
- To ensure learning is purposeful and meaningful for students to independently make their own connections to lessons.
- To enable students to access new experiences and opportunities both at school and in their community.