What is a 'curriculum'?
"The curriculum is a framework for setting out the aims of a programme of education, including the knowledge and understanding to be gained at each stage (intent); for translating that framework over time into a structure and narrative, within an institutional context (implementation) and for evaluating what knowledge and understanding pupils have gained against expectations (impact / achievement)." Ofsted 2019
Our curriculum intent, we flourish...
Our curriculum provides opportunities for all children to embrace challenge and encourages them to grow to their full potential. It supports our children to develop a sense of high self-esteem and a respect for themselves, others and the environment, promoting inquisitive minds and a spirit of curiosity through a balanced and stimulating curriculum.
Our curriculum intent is underpinned by our vision statement of ‘We belong, we believe, we flourish’.
As a school our curriculum provides our children with a sense of belonging to the school, its local community and beyond: increasingly promoting a sense of global citizenship and raising their cultural capital.
It is important for our children to have a sense of belief in themselves, others and what they can achieve. This will encourage mental wellness and allow them to develop a sense of trust, faith and confidence.
At Southbroom St James Academy we want to ensure that as individuals they will all grow in different ways and our curriculum enables all children to flourish.
Our curriculum is supported by planning guidance from a number of support schemes/resources and meets ‘National Curriculum 2014’ requirements. Children receive opportunities to develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of each of the different curriculum subjects.
To coincide with the planning support we have developed subject specific ‘growth indicators’; informed by curriculum intent. These allow our children to grow through key milestones and acquire progressive knowledge and wisdom along their journey.
Key knowledge, skills and must-know vocabulary is learned, retained and recalled through our provision. This will be regularly checked to ensure that children secure threshold concepts for long-term memory.
Quality CPD and resources will support the security of subject specific teacher knowledge and understanding so that they can make connections and links with both prior and future learning (progression of big ideas).
School learning environments will reflect our curriculum intent through subject specific displays.
More detailed curriculum information can be found below:
Relationships and Sex Education
The objective of relationships and sex education is to help and support young people through their physical, emotional and moral development. RSE will promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils in our school and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. Pupils will be encouraged to talk openly and their questions answered appropriately and honestly in a way that respects diversity of cultures and family forms.
We aim to ensure that pupils:
- develop confidence in talking, listening and thinking about feelings and relationships.
- develop their self esteem and sense of responsibility.
- are able to name parts of the body and describe how their bodies work.
- can protect themselves and ask for help and support.
- are prepared for puberty.
Parents of year 6 children are invited to an Information Evening where they are able to view resources that are used, including a DVD. They are also given the opportunity for their child to opt out of this part of the sex education programme (as the law states).