INTRODUCTION to our curriculum
At All Souls we teach a broad and balanced, Creative Curriculum which is based around exciting cross-curricular projects and meaningful, stimulating tasks. Our aim is for all children to become confident, self-motivated and highly engaged learners who achieve their full potential.
Our curriculum has been carefully developed to:
- Encourage children’s imagination and originality
- Enable children to be active partners in their learning
- Provide child-centred learning with many first-hand experiences
- Allow children to make links and apply their learning across the curriculum
- Develop life-long learning skills which are relevant for an unknown, changing future: resourcefulness, resilience, reflectiveness, reciprocity (good relationships)
- Incorporate a range of teaching strategies and learning styles
- Involve parents and carers at where possible
- Extend children’s involvement into the local community and beyond, developing their understanding of environmental and global issues
- Provide thorough coverage of the skills, concepts and knowledge set out in the 2014 National Curriculum programmes of study (Classes 1 to 6) and the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (Nursery and Reception).
We are currently working on introducing three Termly Creative Curriculum Projects per year. Every class has a termly project with an inspiring theme. Children are involved in the planning stages of the project and collaborate in designing an end of project event, in which their learning and achievements are celebrated and shared with parents and carers. Projects so far include:
- A Class Radio Station – Year Four working with a local student radio station
- Nurturing Happy Chicken – A foundation stage lifestyle project
Each term, the whole school also participates in themed weeks planned to develop a particular aspect of the curriculum in an exciting, interactive way. These have included Enterprise Week (business and innovation skills), Anti-Bullying Week, Science Week, Fitness Week and Safety Week.
Take One Artist/Take One Poet/Take One Musician:
In addition to our themed weeks we also run several Take One Days throughout the school year. These days help children to gain a deeper understanding about a particular artist or poet. The children also have the opportunity to reproduce their interpretation of an artist work or performing poems by the chosen poet. These are then celebrated through Performance or Gallery afternoons.