Our vision for our curriculum
We have designed a curriculum which is of relevance to our context and student body. At the heart of our curriculum is knowledge and information that adds to our students’ cultural capital. The more you know, the more you can think about, as you cannot think about that which you do not know. We have decided what the key knowledge is that will enable our students to leave our academy cleverer and kinder. It is shared with our parents in curriculum booklets.
Our curriculum will be vocabulary rich as closing the advantage gap is about closing vocabulary gaps between word poor and word rich households. Our schemes of learning and individual lessons will have set vocabulary which form the foundations of our whole-school approach to eloquence.
Our curriculum will include well-planned opportunities to retrieve essential knowledge and master its application. After every summative assessment, we will use our QLAs to plan our review lessons and revision schemes of work so that knowledge gaps are closed.
We have identified the essential knowledge for each subject in each year. We organise our lessons into four parts where students recall prior learning and apply new learning. These lessons are all organised so that foundations of knowledge are laid and built on. The curriculum therefore sequences this knowledge in an order which creates schema which grow and develop in our students’ minds.
All of our schemes of learning use questions to stimulate our students’ curiosity and develop their independent learning. These questions require developed responses from our students and each lesson provides part of a response to the enquiry question which is answered through acquired and applied knowledge.
We also offer a very broad and varied enrichment programme so that students may explore and develop their talents and character beyond the classroom. We also teach a character curriculum through tutor time so that our students understand and develop our CIRCLE of strengths.
Curriculum overview for this academic year
Our Curriculum Booklets
Below are links to our curriculum booklets that set out the Intent, implementation and impact of our curriculum.
They lay out the key knowledge that is required in each subject in each year group. It is shared with our parents in curriculum booklets. These booklets can be used a revision resource to check what you do know and allow our parents to assist with revision. They can be used by our students to read up on topics that they know will be taught next.
Any concerns regarding student progress or learning in the first instance should be raised with the appropriate Director of Learning. Parents can contact the academy on 0207 737 9520 or via email requesting a call back from a Director of Learning.