Curriculum Intent Statement
The Tame Valley curriculum has been designed to meet the needs of all of our pupils, celebrate the cultural diversity of our community, close gaps brought about by social disadvantage and raise aspirations. The ambitious curriculum effectively addresses the disadvantage faced by so many of our pupils through its consistently high aspirations for all and through the high focus on wider opportunities for learning, such as educational visits, University of Wolverhampton and community links and extra-curricular activities, including Children’s University and the ‘Tame Valley 50’. The school curriculum is broad and includes well embedded opportunities for pupils to learn about British Values, social, cultural, moral and spiritual development and RE, as well as having a key focus on physical and mental health and wellbeing. Opportunities to take part in projects such as social action and business enterprise are also well embedded as we strive to ensure that all pupils learn the importance of their individual role in their community and in society as a whole.
Our knowledge engaged curriculum is coherently planned and sequenced to ensure that all pupils from all backgrounds access the full national curriculum, building on prior knowledge and skills as they move through the school and ensuring that they leave with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed as they take the next steps in their education and life in modern Britain. Bespoke learning experiences have been created to equip children with knowledge about relevant issues which extend across the local, national and global arenas. Vocabulary, language and reading play a fundamental part throughout the curriculum as we strive to ensure that all pupils leave Tame Valley with the communication, language and reading skills necessary to continue their lifelong learning.
Our curriculum is made up of six ‘Big Questions’:
- Where in the world do we belong? (Aut 1)
- How does it work? (Aut 2)
- What was it like to live in the past? (Spr 1)
- Who influenced the world we live in today? (Spr 2)
- Where on Earth? (Sum 1)
- How does it grow? (Sum 2)
Our intent is to ensure that learning is progressive throughout these half termly units, as children are able to build successfully on prior learning from previous year groups and previous units and make connections between knowledge acquired throughout their Tame Valley learning journey.
It is our intention, through our cohesive and engaging curriculum, that pupils will develop skills such as independence, resilience, perseverance, problem solving, decision making, responsibility, empathy and teamwork. They will thrive and excel and be allowed to think big about their futures. All pupils will have the opportunity to experience success and to be the best that they can be.
EYFS: Overview of Learning
KS1 and KS2: Overview of Learning
Class Curriculum Booklets Spring 2020