Curriculum Overview

The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values. Therefore it is essential that we have a clear and accurate picture of each learner and their specific needs, to ensure that our curriculum is accessible to all.

We provide enhancement opportunities to engage learners, using what the locality has to offer, to develop our sense of our place in the world. We believe that childhood should be a happy, investigative and enquiring time in our lives, where there are no limits to curiosity and there is a thirst for new experiences and knowledge.

Our curriculum is based on the National Curriculum and our approach focuses on the following key areas of research:

National Curriculum


Theory

Practice

Development of memory – Learning is most effective with spaced repetition, understanding of concepts and reliance on long-term, rather than short-term memories, to increase both storage and retrieval strength.

Our foundation subjects are taught using a spiral curriculum model, where key concepts, skills and knowledge are revisited within school years and across both key stages.

Development of vocabulary/Oracy skills – We want our pupils to possess the knowledge and skills to feel confident expressing an opinion and ask questions.

Key vocabulary for each topic.

Language builder, through frequent reading in all subjects.

Pre-teaching concepts in numeracy.

Talk for Writing used in literacy.

Development of deeper level thinking leading to sustained mastery – sustained and maintained challenge in learning. Pupils to develop greater understanding of a topic.

We want to involve pupils in thinking deeply and to consider a topic by using a question as the starting point.

Key questions to lead topic teaching.

Themes across foundation subjects, which are referred to across both key stages.


As a Palladian Academy Trust school, we will fulfil the Palladian Promise, a framework for development across a range of personal qualities:

  • Being a positive role model to others
  • Offering leadership
  • Adopting a healthy active lifestyle
  • Performing or presenting to an audience
  • Participating regularly in co-curricular activities
  • Helping the learning of others
  • Developing local and global awareness
  • Supporting charities or other good causes
  • Showing resilience or grit in the face of difficulty

Palladian Academy Trust

Curriculum Statement

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