Trowell C of E Curriculum Statement
At Trowell C of E, we follow the National Curriculum, however we do so in a way that is unique to our own unique school. We believe that, like every school, Trowell C of E has its own unique ‘DNA’, and thus we have devised a curriculum vision that is tailored to our locality, Christian values, and of course our children.
In refreshing our curriculum starting in Summer 2019, we identified the following significant factors pertinent to our individual school:
- Pupils generally achieve in line with or above national averages for Reading, Writing and Mathematics.
- A greater number of pupils could achieve Greater Depth in Reading, Writing and Mathematics.
- The achievement of boys in Reading and Writing is below that of girls; the achievement of girls in Mathematics is generally below that of boys.
- There is an increasing number of pupils with SEND or who present with social and emotional challenges.
- We are a Church of England school.
- The percentage of pupils who identify as Christian is 49%
- The local community is predominantly white-British, and there is a lack of cultural diversity within the school.
- Pupils come from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds, and there is a low percentage of pupils who are identified as disadvantaged.
- The school aims to be more successful in working in partnership with parents.
- Many children lack independence and resilience, particularly when presented with failure or disappointment.
- Pupils’ skills in ICT require improvement.
In response to these factors, staff experience and research on what constitutes effective teaching and learning, we have devised a curriculum vision for our school. Each subject and year group delivers a curriculum that is conversant with this vision.
Trowell C of E Curriculum Vision
At Trowell C of E, our vision is to provide a curriculum that:
- is challenging for all pupils
- is fun and provides memorable experiences
- promotes creativity and opportunities for practical/’hands-on’ experiences
- is knowledge-rich and provides children with a breadth of knowledge about the world
- is conservant with our Christian ethos and values
- promotes a growth mindset and pupil wellbeing
- promotes independence and resilience
- promotes social skills and a sense of community
- is manageable within a safe workload for staff
- is enriched with experience that reduce disadvantage
- is culturally diverse and promotes knowledge and tolerance of different faiths
- enables pupils to learn about their unique locality
- develops pupils with ICT and other skills that they need to succeed in the modern world
- provides opportunities for working in partnership with parents and the community
Currently, subject leaders are devising refreshed curriculum plans with the following aims:
- ensuring each curriculum area (where appropriate) delivers the statement explained above
- ensure progression through year groups through carefully sequenced skills and knowledge, so that children are prepared for their next stage in learning
- providing a broad curriculum, with greater balance between subjects
- ensuring children have regular opportunities to develop reading and other key skills through all their lessons
We aim to provide you with draft curriculum documents for each subject in September 2019.