Our curriculum aims to be inclusive and representative of the children it serves, relevant to both their current lives and future careers. We strive to ensure all children reach their full potential, receive their full entitlement to the National Curriculum, and make consistently good progress with their academic attainment, personal development and wider achievements as they make their way through our school. To achieve this, the following aims underpin our approach to teaching and learning:
Our Powell Corderoy Curriculum uses:
We use projects to integrate and apply learning from different subjects. We are in the process of updating our subject progressions for each year group, however please do contact the school if you’d like to find out more about this. In the meantime, an overview can be found here:
Powell Corderoy Curriculum Overview
Some subjects such as English, Maths, PE, RE, French and some parts of Science and Computing, are taught discretely. We generally use the mornings for maths and English, and the afternoons for everything else.
For other subjects, we have a project-based approach which uses real-life experiences to achieve a meaningful outcome. For example, an outcome might be making and selling a product, putting on a performance, organising an event, launching a website, raising awareness of a local issue, improving the school environment or helping a person in need.
The projects are carefully designed to enable all children to make progress in National Curriculum subjects, and apply their learning to real-life situations. For example, they may use their maths skills to manage class budgets and calculate costs, or their English skills to write letters and leaflets. This helps children to transfer their skills and knowledge between subjects and see the real-life value in the learning.
We also place a great deal of importance on being outdoors, as we recognise the benefits to children’s development and mental health. Forest School is part of our offer for all children, and teachers make extensive use of our beautiful grounds and surroundings to enhance lessons across all areas of the curriculum.
When necessary, we deliver remote and distance learning to ensure children can continue to learn from home. Further details can be found here:
Remote and Distance Learning Plan
The impact of our curriculum is evident in many different ways, including:
Attendance: ‘Pupils enjoy coming to school…’ (OFSTED 2021) and attendance is high.
A love of learning: ‘…they value their education and approach learning with enthusiasm.’ (OFSTED 2021)
Confidence: Children show pride in their areas of strength, but have the courage to acknowledge things they find difficult.
Determination: Children strive hard to better themselves and are not afraid of challenge.
Achievement: Children make good progress and are proud of their work.
Community: ‘…there is a great sense of community and belonging within the school.’ (OFSTED 2021)
Values and Attitudes: ‘Pupils are polite and well-mannered… always trying to do their best.’ ‘Pupils in all classes behave well…’ (OFSTED 2021)
Future-ready: Children understand their responsibility to care for the world and others, and to contribute to society as citizens of the future. They have the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the next step of their education. We are incredibly proud of the children who leave Powell Corderoy, and receive positive feedback from secondary schools about their onward journeys.