We designed our own curriculum to ensure that children have a positive sense of self-identity, are able to relate and interact well with others and have the skills and talents for now, for the future and to make the world an even better place.
At Abbots Hall, we have a growth mind-set to our own learning as educators so that we can model this for our pupils. We integrate research and theory into our practice in a quick and efficient manner so that we can maximise the positive impact on outcomes for our pupils.
The whole academy community plays an enormous part in reviewing the curriculum. There is a highly cohesive team ethos and we work together to identify areas for improvement and to problem solve and find solutions quickly. We work in an agile manner to address any school improvement points as urgently as possible and we constantly review and refine what we are doing in the school.
We know that children learn better when they are excited and engaged. At the Abbots Hall, we are constantly looking to provide stimulating and motivating learning opportunities which not only challenge our pupils but also inspire them to continue their learning beyond the classroom.
We also recognise that great learning needs to be the right balance of lots of areas and if there is too greater focus on one aspect, learning can be limited. It is for this reason, we have carefully designed our curriculum around four key areas: Character, Knowledge, Skills and Meta-Learning (or learning how to learn).
Year 4 Shang Dynasty Big Bang
To introduce their topic on the Shang Dynasty, Year 4 took part in a Chinese workshop. They produced plates with Chinese designs and learned and performed a Chinese dance for the parents.
In addition to the well planned and comprehensive curriculum delivered by our outstanding teaching staff, our TAs and specialist teachers deliver the following learning experiences: Forest Schools, gymnastics coaching, specialist sports coaching and dance coaching. All children in years 5 and 6 and have the opportunity to access a residential trip once a year.
Inclusion and Differentiation
In order to provide all pupils with relevant and appropriate work at each stage we; -
To ensure our curriculum is highly effective we constantly monitor its output. In order to do this, we place great emphasis on pupil voice. We spend a lot of time speaking with our pupils about their curricular experiences, constantly seeking to improve them.
Leaders, including middle, senior and governors review pupils outcomes, data and teaching to judge the standards of teaching all subjects across the curriculum.
Want to know more?
For further information please see the Curriculum Policy (and others) in the Policy section of the website.