Curriculum rationale (why our curriculum is what it is)
At Horsendale, we want our children to be the best version of themselves.
We strive for our children to be self-confident, resilient individuals who are aspirational about their place in the world. We want our children to take pride in their differences and celebrate their similarities through an ethos of respect for all.
We aim to deliver an ambitious, sequenced and cumulative curriculum that gives our children a wealth of knowledge, skills and a passport of broad experiences – all of which enable our children to be outward-facing, rich in cultural capital and ultimately, ready to embark on their life-long journey into the wider world.
The core of our curriculum (what our curriculum is)
For our rationale to become reality we have created an outward-facing curriculum which encourages our children to look beyond the self: a curriculum which provides a genuine purpose for learning in which both children and staff are excited to take risks and innovate. We provide learning opportunities which present us with a real sense of challenge and require from us the resilience needed in order for us to enjoy the pride brought about by success. We believe that through developing these life-long skills we will equip our children well for the diverse and ever-changing world we live in.
The structure of our curriculum
The structure of our curriculum is built around 4 core features:
What does your child learn at school each day?
In addition to English and Mathematics, children are taught to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding in Science, Computing, History, Geography, Design Technology, Art, Music, Physical Education and Religious Education. In Phonics, we use Letters and Sounds - follow the link to the scheme by clicking here. Additionally, French is taught as a weekly lesson in Key Stage 2 (Y3 - 6) but exposure to our chosen language begins in Reception and continues in Key Stage 1 (Y1 - Y2).
We combine RSHE (Relationships, Sex and Health Education) and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) as 'Learning for Life' and this forms an integral part of our curriculum. It helps to give our children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives, and to become informed, responsible, active citizens. The D.A.R.E. project in Year 6 further promotes our this work. And, all of this, promotes our SMSC and British Values curriculum.
To find out more about the curriculum your child is following please see the below:
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