CURRICULUM AIMS AND PRINCIPLES

Consistency        Curiosity        Challenge        Recall        Mastery 

At IKB you will see that we have shared values across the curriculum, our teaching and how our pupils learn. Wherever you go, you will see this through planning, lesson delivery, assessment and regular reviews of the curriculum. Our curriculum incorporates carefully selected knowledge and skills which are brought to life in a way that is meaningful and exciting for pupils; promoting a life-long love of learning. It also provides the cultural capital that they will need to be successful in learning as well as in their future lives, in the communities that they serve 

The curriculum has been organised in a way which enables pupils to revisit knowledge and build depth of knowledge and understanding as well as to help pupils learn more and remember more. Through the way our curriculum is organised, we help pupils make meaning of the world around them, develop their vocabulary and broaden their horizons. Each subject is content rich, with knowledge carefully selected and deliberately ambitious. Our curriculum is coherent and well planned, building on what has come before and encourages pupils to be curious about their learning as well as what learning is following in the future 

Lessons follow a clear sequence allowing opportunities for deliberate practise and memory recall; challenge for all pupils is central to what we believe is key. We encourage pupils to make connections across subjects, content, time and place. Transference of knowledge from short term to long term memory through learning schema is aided through the use of knowledge organisers, purposeful working walls, carefully selected resources, regular retrieval practice and home-school learning links 

Promoting consistency across IKB allows children to focus on their learning and enables teachers to develop their practice. This happens through a variety of ways including the way in which the learning environment is organised in each classroom, the approach to teaching and learning e.g. Talk for Writing / Mastery approach to maths and in the design of our mastery curriculum. We place a strong emphasis on providing our children with rich experiences, such as trips and school visitors to complement our curriculum 

Assessment opportunities are carefully planned so that they are purposeful, support learning and inform us as to whether our curriculum and the delivery of it is effective. These include regular informal assessments alongside formal assessments, including testing. A programme of continuous quality assurance is in place, both within IKB and the trust, to ensure that the curriculum intent and implementation is effective.  

Our approach to supporting children who may need help to access the curriculum begins from the moment a child begins at IKB. Our staff are trained to identify learner needs and we work closely with external educational professionals and Castle Partnership Trust professionals to ensure that all children receive the support they need. Our teachers ensure that all learning opportunities are clearly differentiated so that all children are able to access the curriculum alongside one another. Where necessary children will receive extra support through pre-teaching and post-teaching strategies used to make sure they have the foundation knowledge and skills to succeed in accessing learning rather than having to continuously be catching up. 

IKB Education Brief - May 2020

Our Curriculum - EYFS - September 2020

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