Curriculum Intent and Rationale
Ravens is a large primary school situated in Clacton-on-Sea. With a mainly white British, working-class demographic and located in an area of high deprivation, unemployment and pupil turnover, our children usually start school with low academic entry points and need to require an understanding of how education can benefit their future lives.
As a result of this, we believe our curriculum should look to raise our pupils’ aspirations, by providing them with a wide range of experiences, developing their cultural capital, as well as teaching them about human creativity and achievement. We want to open the doors of opportunity to each pupil, helping them to recognise the potential they have to make a positive contribution within their own community and on a global scale.
We are committed to helping our pupils make links across themes and subject disciplines, by providing a cohesive learning journey. We believe the curriculum should be connected in a meaningful way, evidencing clear progression and should demonstrate a consistent approach throughout school.
We recognise that our pupils learn best through practical, hands-on experiences and seek to plan lessons that will encourage them to actively engage with the knowledge and skills we believe should be taught.
We use Dimensions ‘Learning Means the World’ Curriculum, which is underpinned by four highly relevant world issues, known as the four Cs:-
The built-in progression and continuity within ‘Learning Means the World’ through a progressive Skills Ladder and Knowledge Building focus means that staff can concentrate on developing memorable learning for the pupils. Making lessons fun and creative, by using the practical, hands-on activity ideas as a springboard, staff can be confident of a consistent whole school approach.
As a school that predominantly represents a white British demographic, we want our pupils to fully appreciate and embrace cultural diversity, learning about and experiencing a range of different cultural and faith heritages. We actively and explicitly promote cross-cultural friendship, respect, tolerance and understanding through ‘Learning Means the World’.
We believe that communication is key to accessing learning and securing pupils’ future success. We are committed to developing language skills and, with a school focus on speaking and listening, we are able to develop pupils’ skills through the communication focus by giving children a voice.
We also feel our pupils need a more structured approach to developing greater awareness and appreciation of local, national and global conservation issues and initiatives, learning how they have an important role to play in sustainability.
As an academy that believes and applies the restorative justice approach, understanding of sources of conflict and conflict resolution is an important aspect of learning and pupils are able to view this in the light of the conflict-focused themes.
With the progressive ‘Learning Means the World’ Learning Pathways (Explorers, Pathfinders, Adventurers and Navigators) and through aspects such as pupil-led activities (independence) and high ability tasks (resilience), we challenge our pupils to extend their learning.
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