Our approach to the curriculum

Our Curriculum

Our curriculum is organised to engage the children as succesful learners, developing their knowledge, subject skills and learning skills as well as their self confidence and self esteem. Our curriculum is designed to make learning relevant, exciting and stimulating. We expect children to be fully involved in their learning, developing their academic, social and personal skills throughout the school day and at home. 

Children do not learn if they only ever work in their comfort zone. Children at St.Aldhelm's know that they will be challenged, will often not 'get it right' first time,  will be expected to persevere and will work with different people for different purposes.

We use learning trails to involve children in planning their learning with the teacher.  At the start of a trail, the teacher and children will spend time finding out what the children already know, thinking about what they need to know by the end of the trail, and discussing the key signposts of what they need to achieve along the way. This will be a mixture of skills and knowledge, drawing from the key learning statements (Age Related Expecations) in the National Curriculum, and supplemented by the children's interests.

The children are involved in deciding how they might demonstrate these skills/concepts. This may be, for example, through writing, drama, making items, creating a performance or presentation.   Work produced during the trail is displayed as part of the trail, for others to see. This may be a great example of what is required, or it may be work that shows progress from 'not getting' to 'has got it!'. We believe it is important that children understand learning as a process, and that the journey you take is as important as the destination you reach. We use footprints to capture important steps a child has taken in their learning - these are a form of note which show what has been achieved and what could be a next step. 

Within all  areas of learning, children are encouraged to be proactive, to plan and learn independently and to pursue areas of particular interest to them, allowing them to apply their successful learning skills independently.

To support this, our Learning Rewards and Behaviour policy, designed with the children, makes explicit that key learning behaviours (attendance, effort, focused independent work, considerate collaboration, reflective thinking) are rewarded, as well as good manners.