THE NORTH TAWTON APPROACH TO THE NATIONAL CURRICULUM
Key stage 1 and 2 use both the ‘Connected Curriculum’ and the ‘Curriculum of Choice’ models.
The connected curriculum model seeks to make meaningful links between lead subjects, enhancing learning through real experiences and a focus on essential skills. Organised into themes, it begins with an exciting experience to unlock the learning, a ‘WOW’ day and ends with a memorable event to keep the learning locked in place. It places a focus on quality not quantity of subject matter and is designed to motivate writers and mathematicians through an engaging, meaningful context.
The curriculum of choice model follows the key principles of outstanding Early Years teaching and learning. The teachers set up stimulating learning experiences, following key objectives and through highly skilled teaching and listening techniques follows the direction the children wish to take. This allows the teachers to respond reflectively to the interests of the children, increasing motivation and their capacity to absorb. A guiding principle of this model is to consider where children can have choices.
We feel that it is important children engage with and enjoy their learning; therefore we apply these models creatively to ensure the children’s learning is more meaningful and fun.
The Creative Curriculum
The creative curriculum is planned for within subject areas, these units of study are within a two year rolling programme of work, to provide a structured scheme ensuring full coverage and progressive development of key skills. We use a thematic approach to link the skills to a context.