Since September 2014 a new National Curriculum has been implemented. The implementation of this new curriculum has provided us with the opportunity to develop and improve the curriculum which we offer our children. In addition to providing children with a curriculum which meets these statutory requirements we have developed a curriculum which we also believe meets the needs of the 21st Century.
21st Century Curriculum
The world is an ever changing pace. The only certainty would appear to be that the pace of change will get quicker and not slower. Our children will almost certainly have many jobs throughout their lives (the days of a job for life have long gone); most likely have more than one career; and those jobs ad careers may well not even exist as we sit here reading this. We believe that for children to succeed being able to read, write and solve maths problems to a high standard is not enough. We pride ourselves on setting incredibly high academic standards for our children but we also recognise the importance of developing qualities which not only enable them to achieve academically but also become responsible thinkers who will go on to make a positive contribution towards society. We have identified the following attributes which we are currently focusing on developing in our children.
We also strongly believe in developing well rounded individuals who respect themselves, the individual person and society as a whole. We have identified 8 values which we believe all of us should aim to uphold in each and every day of our lives.
We recognise that these skills aren’t strictly 21st Century skills. We know that careful listening has always been important, but they are skills which the national curriculum does not explicitly address and which we believe should be taught in school today. These skills and values are therefore embedded in all of our teaching. Where strong links can be made they are exploited to explicitly teach these skills.
These values and 21st Century Skills
We strongly believe that where there are strong links between subjects which provide children with the opportunity to develop their understanding and deepen their learning then they should be exploited. There are many ways that links can be made between subjects and we believe that the people best placed to identify these links are your children’s class teachers. Our curriculum is therefore organised in discrete subjects. When planning your child’s curriculum teachers identify where they think links are strongest and plan accordingly. At the start of each term parents receive a Parent Map which shows them what is being taught in each subject and where explicit links between subjects are being made.