At Gaddesden Row, we believe that children should be provided with a curriculum, which is broad, well balanced, and above all stimulates children to learn.
We provide a positive and caring environment where children are given the opportunity to reach their full potential. We aim for our children to become enthusiastic and motivated learners who are well equipped with the basic skills they need to become life-long learners.
Careful links are made across the curriculum to ensure that children’s learning is relevant and meaningful. We make it our aim to discover what children are good at and use this to promote a positive attitude to learning.
The curriculum is about achievement, enjoyment and enrichment.
Our curriculum aims to enable all children, regardless of background, ability or additional needs, to flourish to become the very best version of themselves they can possibly be. We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year-by-year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children.
We have small mixed-age classes; therefore, our curriculum is on a two-year cycle. Each term we review the curriculum for the following term to ensure that it meets the requirements of the National Curriculum issued by the DfE and meets the individual needs of the learners in each class.
In addition to the National Curriculum, we enrich our curriculum, planning events throughout the year to link with National Events and make learning cross-curricular for our pupils.
Our topics have a 'WOW' day at some point to motivate and inspire all learners. We also have themed weeks where children can learn and develop a variety of skills through a range of experiences and hands-on activities. In addition to this, enrichment trips are planned and organised, which are specific to the children's learning.
The curriculum is based on good quality resources. Creativity and teacher expertise is woven into the curriculum with specialist teachers and outside agencies working with pupils and teachers, sharing good practice and ensuring that learners learn from the best.
Each subject area has a subject intent, whole school policy, and an annual action plan, which outlines development opportunities and clearly links with the school development plan.
The impact of the curriculum is monitored though triangulation of outcomes: pupil voice, test/data outcomes, planning, monitoring of books and displays, lesson learning walks, discussions with teaching staff, pupils and parents.
All stakeholders are consistently and regularly consulted about the curriculum and the impact that it makes.
The desired outcomes of the curriculum will ensure that pupils are well-rounded students, ready to embark on the next step of their education. They will be equipped with the foundations and skills to achieve success in later education. Pupils will have an understanding of what they are good at and have developed skills to face their challenges.