At Pinewood, our broad and balanced curriculum is designed to be full of new opportunities that are inclusive for all pupils to access and learn, regardless of individual starting points. It is designed to be fun and engaging, in order to stimulate pupil’s curiosity to learn and challenge their thinking and skills. Our aim is that pupils will develop transferable skills that can be applied in the wider world to make a positive contribution to the community and the global society.
It provides opportunities to raise aspirations and drive ambition. It works to develop independence and resilience, whilst encouraging creativity to problem solve and take risks in their learning. Social skills play an important part of the curriculum, so that children leave Pinewood with clear morals, respect and self-confidence, being able to work as part of a team with high expectations of themselves.
The main focus for curriculum learning at Pinewood is developing skills and knowledge through a clear purpose for learning, to problem solve, learning how to learn and how to transfer their skills to new situations.
At Pinewood, learning is presented through real life experiences that are encountered through first hand experiences providing a purpose for learning (Wow days). Links are made with previous learning with progression through an enquiry based learning journey. Learners are encouraged to explain and reflect on their learning, adapting it where necessary to succeed. Children work towards a ‘quality outcome’ at the end of the topic.
The Early Years curriculum is organised as a one year programme that reflects the needs and interests of the cohort. The Key Stage 1 curriculum is organised into a two year rolling curriculum which is topic based. High quality visits and visitors to the school enrich the curriculum learning.
Learning develops skills and characteristics such as communication through a variety of methods, the ability to work as part of a team, resilience and perseverance to achieve a goal, questioning and sharing pupil voice, making informed decisions when dealing with choice, independence, caring and reflection on their journey and outcome.
Learners take an active part in their learning through engaging with the topics being learnt. Their motivation to discuss stimuli, take risks in learning, think creatively to solve problems and reflect on their learning supports them to make links in their learning and apply skills to other situations. The pupils have an active pupil voice in their classroom and community impacting on both their environment and experiences, and on the outside world.
Curriculum design ensures that all children access the full curriculum through whole class, small group or individual differentiation using high quality classroom teaching and targeted intervention when appropriate.
Academic results will rise with the implementation of the new curriculum and show the impact in data form. Books will show clear learning journeys to evidence the progress of learning.
The ‘Quality outcome’ at the end of topics showcase the learning taken place through products and performances for an audience.
We continuously monitor the impact of the curriculum and specific aspects throughout the year. This is through staff meetings, subject leader monitoring, Senior Leader monitoring and cluster groups. Evaluating the impact is a culmination of reviewing learning through work sampling, planning and assessments, evaluating pupil voice, providing feedback to move practice forward and celebrating / sharing good practice. This monitoring is used to identify and implement improvements for the quality of the learning for all pupils at Pinewood.