The Wider Curriculum
As a member of Exceed Learning Partnership our vision is to equip young people with the knowledge, skills and mind-set to thrive and then take on the world!
The curriculum at Carr Lodge is carefully crafted and designed to offer broad and balanced learning experiences, which are progressive and knowledge rich to allow us to achieve our collective vision. Our aim is to create inquisitive, collaborative, resilient, reflective and motivated individuals that will question the world and endeavour to find ways to make it better.
Across the curriculum, experiences are founded upon our core values and organised into three key strands:
- Identity and Social Justice – This strand ensures that children value their community and their part in it, before developing their understanding of the wider world and the diverse cultures that exist.
- Power, Leadership and Invasion – This strand encourages children to be ambitious through understanding how people have used their ambition to shape the world that we live in today.
- Sustainability - Impact on our World – This strand develops understanding of the physical and human geography of the world and know how they can make a difference to the world for future generations.
From research, we know that connections developed within and across these strands, as we build upon pupils’ prior learning, will support children with their long-term acquisition of knowledge and skills. Schemes of learning are planned using subject-specific domains, which ensure progression of substantive knowledge as well as our core values in order to lead to progressive use of disciplinary knowledge- application, synthesis and evaluation. We value the potential of each subject and promote experts within these areas in order to build aspirations for our pupils.
Schemes of learning are planned using a variety of strategies based on current educational research so that pupils leave our school knowing more and remembering more. We aim for children to make connections between the past and the present in order to understand how they could change the future. We use key inspirational people to motivate children to understand how they can make a difference and enhance our learning through trips, visits and other experiences. We want students to leave with all of the knowledge and skills to not only enter the world of work or academia, but also to be equipped to deal with a rapidly changing world.
We use knowledge organisers as one of many ways in which we support children's retrieval practice and as a tool for assessment. The knowledge organisers are made bespoke by teachers based on the key knowledge they want children to learn across a unit of study. These are in children's books; referred to throughout lessons and are added to our Home Learning Platforms for children to embed and build upon their knowledge at home.
Sample of our Knowledge Organisers: