When designing our curriculum we use a three stage process- 'Engage, Develop, Innovate'.
Engage is a short stage in which children take part in a memorable experience to stimulate curiosity, ask questions and talk about their prior learning. Pupils are introduced to the baseline knowledge to support future learning.
At the ‘Engage’ stage children:
During the topics the content is sequenced to ensure that components of knowledge lead to conceptual learning. This analysis is supported by strong subject knowledge from staff and aims for both depth of learning and breadth of coverage. Opportunities to practise and develop knowledge and skills are built into the curriculum to secure deep understanding of each discipline. The curriculum planning ensures a layering of knowledge and concepts so that all pupils can make progress. Key vocabulary is taught through each topic and revisited from previous topics where relevant so children can transfer skills, knowledge and vocabulary between year groups.
Develop is a ‘longer’ stage, where children delve more deeply into a theme, explore and acquire new skills and knowledge, revisit previously acquired skills and knowledge, make links between subjects, explore, make, read and write for a variety of purposes across the curriculum.
At the ‘develop’ stage:
At the start of the journey an end purpose is shared and learning throughout the topic is geared towards this end purpose which provides opportunities for children to be innovative, where outcomes are open ended and generated by individual creativity based on knowledge, skills and experiences.
The ‘innovate’ stage: