Curriculum focused on sustainability
We are a family of schools that celebrate our individual character. Our schools may have different systems, pedagogies and climates, but we aim to share the same learning culture. Fundamentally, we understand the need to focus on learning and the impact of teaching.
Our refined framework is an exciting opportunity to deliver a cohesive curriculum across our family of schools, a curriculum that is rooted in our vision to teach children to love, learn, live as a global citizen in an ever-changing world and has important Sustainable Development Goals embedded throughout.
Why we have developed a curriculum with sustainability at its heart?
The government have made their intentions clear that over the coming years climate change will need to hold an important place within the curriculum of all schools – particularly in Science, Geography and Citizenship.
What we do in the next 10 years is going to affect the next 100 years on this planet. We need to make a difference now, and we believe it’s our job as educators to empower young people and the communities that we work with to help to make that difference.
Our bespoke and progressive curriculum considers equality, climate change, the legacy we both inherit and leave, clean energy, recycling, life in our oceans and on land and health. Our children will be prepared for the future with the knowledge they need to make a marked impact on our world.
Preparing children for the future
We aim to deliver a curriculum that will empower and speak to our young people, give them a sense of purpose. We hope that our curriculum will prepare our pupils for the future, whatever that brings, with the knowledge they need to make a positive impact and difference. Ultimately it’s about teaching them to be creative and prepared.
Curriculum in practice
Our curriculum directly follows the national curriculum, but with an innovative approach.
As an example:
- Year 4 children, who have always learned about rivers in geography, will continue to do so, but now, as part of that, they also learn more about flooding, and how human action can affect rivers. Children will now look at a topic through the lens of sustainability.
- Within the science curriculum, when children learn about food chains in year 2, they will also now examine the effects of plastics in the oceans on the food chain.
- When considering properties and change of materials in year 5, then children will consider water filtration.
Sustainability and innovation are similarly woven into the curriculum across every subject.
There are 6 key elements of learning within our curriculum. These elements are key attributes and skills which we aim to instil in our pupils which will enable them to love, learn, live as a global citizen in an ever-changing world.
The 6 elements and key actions are:
- Knowledge - To know more, remember more and be able to do more for the benefit of humanity and the planet.
- Equality - To know that everyone’s human rights should be protected and respected.
- Innovation - To look at things in different ways and find solutions when faced with a challenge.
- Legacy - To learn from the past in order to protect our planet now and in the future.
- Partnership - To know that greater change can happen when we work together.
- Sustainability - To promote the careful use of resources so that they are available in the future.