Learning for Life

Our child-centred curriculum enables pupils to become Responsible Citizens, Successful Learners and Confident Individuals within modern Britain.

Intent:

What is our vision? Why do we do what we do?

Smethwick is one of the most deprived areas nationally, with a high rate of unemployment and a high number of disadvantaged pupils. 35% of Sandwell residents have no qualifications compared to 22.5% nationally.

Our curriculum needs to:

    • Prepare our children for the ‘real world’ by giving them the knowledge and cultural capital they need to be successful in our modern day world.
    • Ensure our children have the knowledge and understanding of how to keep themselves happy, healthy and safe.
    • Instil a lifelong love of learning beyond education.
    • Instil aspirations.
    • Provide experiences our children may not ever have at home.
    • To master the skills and knowledge our children need to become mathematicians, readers, writers, communicators, artists, scientists, designers, musicians, historians, geographers and users of a technological world by the end of Year 6.
  • Ultimately, ensure our children become Confident individuals, Successful Learners and Responsible Citizens

If we can break the poverty cycle for even just one of our disadvantaged pupils, that would be an amazing accomplishment!

Implement:

How do we make it happen? What does our curriculum look like?

We have a holistic curriculum to give all of our children the best possible opportunities, enabling them to be successful individuals, not just successful academics!

    • We are passionate about reading and believe that this is the key to success. Reading is at the heart of all teaching and learning and we are committed to promoting the love and pleasure of reading in everything we do.
    • We ensure our teaching staff have a good knowledge of the subjects they teach.
    • Through ongoing, continual professional development, we ensure that teaching is never less than good, with much outstanding practice.
    • Wider curriculum areas (humanities and the arts) are carefully planned around a story to create ‘botheredness’. We know that children remember stories, invest in stories, relate to stories and care about the characters in stories. Through a great story, we create emotional investment and engage the hearts of our children.
    • We use a flexible approach to planning so that teachers have the freedom to incorporate children’s interests within their learning journey.
    • Assessment is an integral part of teaching and learning throughout the whole curriculum, not just in the core subject areas, building on prior knowledge and skills.
    • We continuously build on the cultural capital of our children by providing a range of exciting experiences and exposure to the world of opportunities outside of their community.
  • We teach life skills to prepare our children for the real world, through a variety of workshops and experiences built in to curriculum, focussing solely on these skills (e.g. first aid, mindfulness, careers, physical & mental health awareness and much more).

Impact:

    • 100% of our children access the whole curriculum.
    • 100% of pupils are exposed to a range of whole school experiences, for example, pantomimes, enterprise projects, music performances, yearly trips, a variety of different workshops and much more. Pupil conferencing demonstrates that 100% of pupils enjoy these opportunities and finds they enrich their existing learning and experiences.
    • Regular parent questionnaires indicate that no less than 95% of our parents are happy with the content, wellbeing, outcomes and approach to our curriculum as a whole.
    • Assessment data for the wider curriculum areas shows that the majority of children achieve age-related expectations.
  • Pupil questionnaires show that our children have a good knowledge of how to keep themselves, happy, healthy and safe.

Curriculum Enrichment Video of Spring 2018/19:

Curriculum Enrichment Video of Autumn 2018/19:

Please click on the folders below to see what is taught within each curriculum area across the Key Stages.  

Curriculum Enrichment Video of 2017/18:

Curriculum Enrichment Video of 2016/17:

Updated July 2017, Louise Carroll & Nikki Rolfe