Ofsted September 2018 said:
"Teachers plan interesting activities that engage pupils in their learning. Teachers ask good questions, encouraging pupils to explain their answers. This helps to check pupils’ understanding."
"The curriculum is broad and balanced. Pupils study a wide range of subjects that are well planned. As a result, pupils develop new skills."
"Leaders ensure that the curriculum contributes well to developing pupils’ knowledge and skills across different subjects. Pupils’ creative and artistic skills are evident in displays and musical performances put on for parents. Pupils’ workbooks evidence the range of activities and different ways their work is presented to capture their imagination. As a result, progress is good across the curriculum."
Over recent years we have taken on board a number of different approaches to our curriculum and as we have worked with them we have adopted what has worked well and rejected what has not worked well. We select approaches which have the most impact on our pupils' learning.
Excellent standards in reading, writing and maths are really important to our pupils but not at the exclusion of every other subject. Music and PE are real strengths in our school because we buy in expert tuition on a weekly basis. We also buy in the expert support of artists, craftspeople, authors, scientists and use voluntary professional support for our RE, PSHE and aspirations teaching.
We aim to keep flexibility with curriculum content because our pupils' world is ever-changing and we know it is really important to prepare them for this changing world. For example in Computing as soon as we are teaching our pupils how to use a particular program, it has already evolved. We also need to make sure we have that flexibility to respond to world and local events as and when they happen.
We ask our pupils how they learn best and which lessons they enjoy most and why. They tell us how much they love practical learning so we have built extra opportunities for practical learning into the curriculum such as using the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (you can find a link to their website above) to provide practical mathematical challenges for them to get their teeth into.
The photographs below give a taste of the work our pupils are doing outside the core curriculum: