The Connected Curriculum defines the Junior School’s provision; it encompasses everything we do and enables us to meet our aims and overall desire to be a happy and successful school.
At the centre of our Connected Curriculum are our children, our very purpose.
If our pupils are to be happy and successful then the relationship between teaching and learning has to be strong, clearly defined and understood. As a result of consistently excellent teaching our pupils will learn new skills and knowledge, develop a deeper understanding of what they are learning and will then be able to apply this to ensure progress.
The curriculum and co-curriculum, House and pastoral systems, provide a framework of opportunities across a wide range of inter-connected disciplines in which our pupils develop a diversity and richness of transferrable and flexible skills and knowledge that will ensure academic and personal success and will prepare them fully for the challenge of senior school.
Permeating through all we do are agreed thinking skills and values. We want our pupils to be;
- active, engaged, reflective and persistent learners
- able to take risks
- accepting of failure as part of the learning process
- able to work independently and collaboratively
- able to make decisions and exercise good judgement
- able to understand the needs of others
We also want our children to understand and adopt values related to:
- freedom of thought
- the appreciation of their own contribution to school and wider society
Children’s academic and personal progress through the Connected Curriculum will be measured using rigorous and insightful continuous assessment. The use of both formative and summative assessments will enable teachers to measure progress and plan for future development. Combining assessment ‘for’ and ‘of’ learning principles, including standardised assessments, will ensure our children fulfil their potential and maintain academic success at levels beyond the national expectation.