The National Curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement. The National Curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum. The National Curriculum (and our Windmill school curriculum) is, therefore, a guarantee of these rights. ‘Our curriculum is based upon the ‘best knowledge’ we have.’ (Knowledge and The Future School – Curriculum and Social Justice).In relation to the curriculum, at Windmill, we believe our curriculum should:
- Enable children to acquire sequential knowledge, vocabulary and skills, which are secured through application over time and in different contexts in order to develop understanding (change in long term memory) and allows them to seek meaning and achieve personal growth – taking them beyond their experience;
- Be built up form a strong foundation of prior learning;
- Be focused on the progression of content and concepts that accelerate progress;
- Inspire children to be successful individuals: authors, mathematicians, innovators, scientists, historians, geographers, artists, musicians, sportspeople, positive citizens;
- Be progressive and based on both consolidating and revisiting content to secure progress over time;
- Promote the core values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance, with regard to the current Equalities Act.
- Encompass four over-arching themes relating to; Diversity, Aspirations, Healthy life-styles and the Environment.
If you would like to know more about the curriculum please ask at the school office to speak with Ruth Pickering, our Assistant Headteacher who leads curriculum development.