Our Voices and Choices Curriculum

Our Curriculum Design 

This academic year, we have re-written our whole school curriculum and called it 'Voices and Choices'. Our aim is to provide our children with the knowledge they need to be able to use their voice confidently in order to make informed choices. 

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  • The intent behind our whole school theme approach is to support collaboration across the families at Ash Tree. Our curriculum has been designed to be relevant and specific to our children, locality and families. We have carefully considered the time spent out of school due to Covid-19 schools closures and the learning that has been missed.

  • Our context and cultural capital underpins the curriculum design and gives our children the vital background knowledge required to be informed members of our community. 

  • Curriculum breadth is shaped by our curriculum drivers, cultural capital, subject topics and our ambition for our children to learn the best of what has been thought and said by many generations. 

  • Our aims are to ensure that our children experience a wide breadth of study and by the end of each key stage, have long-term memories of an ambitious body of knowledge.

  • The spiralised approach allows for the deepening of knowledge through the year groups whilst keeping a consistent learning theme across the school. Through this ‘spiralised engineering’ of the curriculum, children return to the same concepts over and over and gradually build a deepened understanding of them.

  • The design of the curriculum allows for full National Curriculum subject and objective coverage.

  • The fortnightly themes keep the learning fresh, support metacognition strategies and ensure our children are at the highest point of engagement, whilst the overarching themes are based upon current and relevant topics. 

 

Topics 

Our curriculum is divided in to half termly over arching topics and concepts and then broken down in to fortnightly themes.

The topics are:

  • Who do you think you are?

  • Is it just an illusion?

  • Survival

  • Our World

  • Fight for your rights

  • We could be heroes

 

Pupil Voice

'The limits of my language mean the limits of my world'- Ludwig Wittgenstein

 

Through our weekly child-led projects, children develop the use of their voice and learn how to make informed choices about the direction of their learning. Child-led projects are timetabled weekly and run alongside the current half-termly topic. The child-led projects give us the opportunity to facilitate language development to ensure our children are not limited in the world. We aim to develop children's confidence and knowledge so that they can be fully informed and feel able to use their voice purposefully in any given context. 

 Please find our whole school Medium Term Plans for 2020-2021 below.