Our curriculum is underpinned by our vision, ethos and the promotion of British values. The social, moral, cultural and spiritual development of each pupil is paramount and so is woven into every aspect of life at Carlton.
Our curriculum is broad, engaging, takes learning beyond the school gates, will secure high quality outcomes for our learners and prepare them for their futures. The curriculum has been updated for the academic year 2017/8 and reflects the requirements of the new National Curriculum.
(i) How we designed our curriculum
Annually, the Leaders of Learning each review their subject areas .They consult with their colleagues and pupils to gather information about the impact of the curriculum and provision. They take into account findings from data analysis and their monitoring. Following this, the middle and senior leaders meet and collate their findings to produce a revised curriculum map for the school year. Based on pupil voice, they take on board the learning experiences that the pupils enjoy and topics that were well received by the classes. They also incorporate local learning opportunities into the topics.
Alongside this, the assessment procedures have been revised to meet the requirements of the new curriculum and assessment procedures. Pupils are now required to meet the end of year expectations and demonstrate mastery in the subjects.
(ii) The structure of our curriculum
There are clearly planned units across the year for each year group. The units are designed so that learning is cross-curricular and meaningful for the pupils. Each unit starts with a WOW start/launch to gain the pupils interest. We are lucky to be near lots of fantastic opportunities for off-site education and so each unit gives pupils the opportunity to take their learning beyond the school gate. This year we have been working on developing real life – meaningful – outcomes for each topic. Each term, parents and carers receive a curriculum map so that they can talk to their children about their learning and learn together. When teaching the topics, each teacher highlights the links to real – life career options.
The curriculum is split into 2 areas that complement each other;
ACE Curriculum – Academic Cognitive Excellence Curriculum comprises of the teaching and assessment of the academic subjects. It is focussed on providing high quality first wave teaching for all our learners so that they leave the school with the academic knowledge and skills to move onto the next stage in their learning. Central to this is the unwavering high expectations by all staff of the learners and what they can achieve. All learners are tracked with the aim of ensuring that they reach their full potential and any differences are diminished. Where we see differences, actions are swiftly put in place to address them.
BBF Curriculum – The Building Bright Futures Curriculum focuses on the emotional, physical and mental development of the pupils. It ensures that they have the opportunity to develop the skills and strategies to be ready for their future. It also gives them the opportunities under the children’s leadership programme to develop skills for later life and provides them with many opportunities to visit places of work and find out more about their aspirations for their futures.
(iii) The aims of the curriculum
Academic Cognitive Excellence Curriculum (ACE)
The aims of the curriculum
To develop curious children who;
The aims of the curriculum are met be developing a staff team who;
Building Brighter Futures (BBF)
The aims of the curriculum
To enable children to develop the skills and ability to;
(iv) What our pupils say about the curriculum: