Having read this great book a few years ago while in a less senior position than now I picked it up again recently to remind me of Will Ryan's great advice on turning your school inside out and why we need to go back to basics and create the vision first. So that got me thinking about the Curriculum vision we have in school. What exactly was my vision as curriculum leader? How does curriculum 2014 fit in with my vision? It is statutory so it has to fit in somewhere. But there is the statutory and the 'other' stuff! What do I want children to have experienced before leaving our school and why? How does our teaching and learning vision fit in with the curriculum?
So many questions whirring around in my head led me to the following.
The Vision for the Curriculum
Although required by law to teach National Curriculum 2014 the main aim of our curriculum is to ensure children experience a wide variety of learning opportunities both within and outside of school that inspire, motivate, engage and develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in many different areas of both educational and personal learning.
Additionally, the purpose of our curriculum is not for them to pass a test but to give them the skills, knowledge and understanding to succeed in the future.
Pupils who begin school in September 2015 will be entering high school in September 2022, College in 2028, University in 2030 and employment around 2033. So how are we preparing these children for their future?
By the time children leave our school they will…
Sea life centre, Peasholm Park, Scarborough Castle, North and South Bay, Cayton Bay, Marina, Raincliffe Woods, University Campus, College or 6th Form, Robin Hoods Bay, Danby Visitor Centre, Falling Foss, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Railway Station, Rotunda Museum, Grand Hotel, Scarborough fair collection, Playdale farm park, Scarborough Rugby ground, Scarborough Cricket Ground, Scarborough Art gallery, at least two different places of worship, pirate boat trip and Whitby abbey.
The curriculum will continue to evolve - it is up to us to keep it moving forward but to maintain the core values of our school. It is not about just imparting knowledge onto the children. They need transferrable skills for the future and it is up to us to help them in developing these.
Thoughts very much appreciated.
I'm a deputy head in Scarborough, England and love using media and tech to develop writing. I'm also a keen advocate of Learning Without Limits and believe in a games based approach to developing mathematicians.