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Foundation Curriculum

Curriculum Vision

At Rowanfield we intend to provide an ambitious curriculum for all our pupils.

Our GLA curriculum is a knowledge-connected curriculum, rooted in acquisition of language and development of subject specific vocabulary. It is designed to build schema and cultural capital through providing enriching experiences, the opportunity to build on prior learning and stimulating philosophical discussions to reason, form opinions and develop a deeper appreciation of the world around us.

Curriculum Drivers

Our curriculum is led by our curriculum drivers –

Knowledge

We seek to develop children’s vocabulary and knowledge to empower them to build links and enhance their learning across subjects. Our curriculum is designed to enable pupils develop a deep understanding of the core and disciplinary knowledge within each subject and to support them to ‘know more and remember more’.

Enrichment

We seek to provide a broad range of activities through our curriculum, which go above and beyond National Curriculum objectives. These experiences teach our children life skills which will benefit them beyond the classroom. They support positive physical and mental health and develop self-confidence, motivation, resilience and teamwork.

Aspiration

We believe that aspiration is the key to unlocking a child’s future. Our curriculum seeks to support children to have dreams and goals for themselves and their future. As educators we have the highest aspirations for our children, ensuring that students have the knowledge and skills to progress towards their aims.

Diversity and Equality

We want our curriculum to represent the rich breadth of humanity’s creativity and achievements. Throughout our curriculum we celebrate equality and diversity and the significant contributions of a wide range of people from a wide range of backgrounds. Our curriculum aims to prepare children to thrive in a culturally and ethnically diverse modern Britain and develop a respect and appreciation of others.

Vocabulary

We recognise that a knowledge-rich curriculum is also a language-rich curriculum. Therefore, we recognise that developing children’s oracy and deepening their vocabulary are vital aspects of securing understanding.

Our approach to curriculum –

Our approach to curriculum development and delivery is informed by current pedagogy. Our curriculum leaders engage with educational research and best practice in order to support strong outcomes for children. Core and foundation subjects are taught discretely in our schools so that children develop a strong understanding of each subject’s specific knowledge and skills.

Our curriculum is:

Sequential – concepts are sequenced to ensure they are revisited regularly within and across year groups and key stages. The curriculum reinforces concepts over time.

Developmental – it carefully considers children’s age and stage and is designed to increase in cognitive complexity as children develop. As children move through our schools they revisit subjects and concepts in greater depth and complexity.

Interconnected – it makes explicit links between curriculum subjects when these links enhance children’s understanding in order to deepen their knowledge.