CURRICULUM REVIEW SPRING 2020
As a staff team, we are purposefully reflecting upon and reviewing our curriculum to ensure we can offer the best possible all-round education and opportunities to our children.
At the heart of our school curriculum is the National Curriculum. Through the review process, we will ensure effective coverage of all National Curriculum objectives in all subjects. We understand that learning is effective when there has been a change in long-term memory and so will plan opportunities for children to encounter key concepts several times.
We will begin by collaboratively creating detailed curriculum maps to set out a clear learning journey from when they join us in reception right up to Year 6. This means that in every unit of work in every subject in every year group there will be a progressive sequence of steps towards a clear end point. This will empower teachers to plan effectively throughout the year with a secure understanding of where the children have come from and where they are going to next. Links in learning between year groups will be explicit.
Rigorous and meaningful, yet manageable, assessment will be used to track pupil progress and inform future planning. Opportunities will be provided for teachers to discuss and share this valuable information so that any gaps in learning can be identified and closed or that additional provision can be made for children who are exceeding.
Thomas Barnes is a truly special school. As a staff team, we continue to pride ourselves on the pastoral care we offer to our pupils. Our curriculum will be thoughtfully designed to prepare our children for life in modern-day Britain. We are an inclusive school, who are committed to developing the whole child and place great importance on promoting well-being and equipping children with the strategies and skills they need to cope with the challenges of modern life. As our pupil intake is from predominantly white British backgrounds, we will ensure that opportunities to explore multi-culturalism and diversity are embedded within our curriculum and school life.
Our unique surroundings provide exciting opportunities to learn outside of the classroom. We will continue to make the most of links with both the school and local communities for further enrichment. We remain incredibly proud of what we are able to positively give back to the community too.
OUR END GOAL
Our goal is that by the time the children leave Thomas Barnes they will be confident and independent learners. They will have the creativity to be able to apply existing skills to new situations, a positive attitude to change and challenge and the reflectiveness to continually strive to be better. They will reflect happily on the memorable learning opportunities they had with us, the friendships they made here and the staff who helped them grow into the incredible people they have become.
The information below relates to our current curriculum which is now under review (Spring 2020). Please keep checking the website for regular updates.
Discover … our exciting new curriculum!
Discover … our new adventure!
At Thomas Barnes, we are enthusiastic about being curious, life-long learners. We provide a broad, rich, relevant and meaningful curriculum which, as a team, we are very proud of.
The launch of our new curriculum sees topics broadened and opportunities for independence and creativity heightened. Each adventure is built around the principle of greater learner involvement and ownership, with the aim of preparing them for life in the 21st Century. It requires children to think in depth and answer questions around a theme, whilst engaging in language rich texts. We aim to inspire and excite children in their learning whilst embedding core skills across the curriculum.
The adventure begins with a Launch Day intended to engage and excite children about their learning. We complete each journey with a Showcase Afternoon, where parents and relatives are invited into school to share in the children’s achievements. This provides real purpose to their learning and many of our Showcase Afternoons focus on developing their entrepreneurial skills ready for their future.
Developing their independence and motivation as learners and their sense of responsibility as future citizens is at the heart of all our teaching and learning.
We aim to provide a broad, balanced curriculum which is interesting and exciting, building on the children's enthusiasm for learning. Through our curriculum, we want to prepare children for the world they live in today. It is very important that the children are numerate and literate and able to access the next stage of their education without any barriers. We put a lot of emphasis on supporting the children to develop good skills in these areas and ensure that every child reaches their potential. However, we also believe that there are other important skills and attributes that the children need to develop to be successful and we believe that our curriculum provides them with the opportunities to do that.
We want children to be tolerant individuals who are accepting of difference and who do not see difference as something to be scared of. We want to develop their ability to listen to the views of others with respect before deciding for themselves. We want the children to be interested in the world around them, to be able to ask questions and to be inquisitive. They need to be able to work in teams to reach a common goal. In order to achieve all this we give the children a wide range of experiences through our curriculum and push them out of their 'comfort zones', helping them to become thoughtful, independent individuals.