Curriculum Intent & Model
We aim to equip pupils with the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. Our understanding of ‘knowledge and cultural capital’ is derived from the following wording in the national curriculum: “ It is the essential knowledge that pupils need to be educated citizens, introducing them to the best that has been thought and said and helping to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement .”
Redcastle Family School considers it vital that our learners are exposed to knowledge and learning through clearly planned purposes and contexts. We use a thematic approach to link different subjects within our curriculum. We believe that teaching subject knowledge and skills as part of a wider theme allows pupils to make useful links between areas of learning, and consolidate knowledge and skills. We also identify when it is more appropriate to use discrete teaching of other subjects and block these alongside each themed unit.
At the centre of this model we link the themes of our Humanities subjects to high quality English texts so that the range of knowledge and vocabulary can be exposed and applied appropriately within a context. We use the creative subjects to consider how to present or represent our understanding of these outcomes.
Where subjects do not directly link to a thematic unit the teachers will deliver these subjects in blocks over the course of each term. This allows for focused development of subject knowledge and skills through high quality learning experiences that build on prior learning.
To maximise engagement we create wow events at the beginning of units of work to help generate enquiry and enthusiasm. Our curriculum teaches the children through a number of experiences over the year, which develop the children’s natural inquisitiveness. Each unit of work at Redcastle Family School must involve work within the community in order to establish a real life sense of purpose to the learning that takes place. We aim to involve the local community in as many experiences as possible with parents/grandparents etc. involved in tea parties, art exhibitions and documentary presentations.
Our curriculum is planned and sequenced so that new knowledge and skills build on what has been taught before and towards its clearly defined outcomes. Our aim is to provide the knowledge and skills that pupils need in order to take advantage of opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. More information on this can be found in our curriculum plans and knowledge and skills progression grids below.