Curriculum Intent Statement
We aim to provide our pupils with an engaging and empowering curriculum that equips them for today and tomorrow, building on their natural curiosity and thirst for new experiences and knowledge.
We view the curriculum as the totality of every planned/unplanned experience and interaction that pupils encounter within our school. It informs every aspect of our practice and culture from academic content to the personal development of characteristics and virtues.
Our curriculum aims to improve the life chances of all children by ensuring each child becomes:
- A successful learner, who enjoys learning, makes good progress and achieves well.
- A confident individual, able to live a safe, healthy and fulfilling life.
- A responsible citizen, able to make a positive contribution to society.
Our high academic ambition for all pupils is delivered through a broad and carefully planned and sequenced curriculum, ensuring new knowledge and skills build on what has been taught before and towards clearly defined end points.
In lessons and outside the class room, our broad and engaging curriculum is designed to ensure all pupils are aware of "cultural capital" - the "best" knowledge, skills and understandings that have been thought and said, across the world, to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement. We ensure all pupils have access to a wide range of cultural experiences, including "live" music and dance performances, visits to the theatre, museums and galleries, places of worship and the Houses of Parliament. We have a strong focus on the performing and creative arts, public speaking and debating and provide specialist provision in Art, Design Technology and Music.
The curriculum also extends beyond the academic as we support pupils' personal development, through our Bowes values of respect, responsibility and collaboration and the development of character, personal, social and health education, spiritual and cultural awareness, including developing an understanding and empathy for issues and events in the local, national and international community. We put a strong emphasis on pupil voice to encourage independent and engaged learners, promoted in lessons, the Bowes Parliament and the development of young leadership skills.
Our curriculum intentions are best summed up in our drivers: Values; Opportunity; Inclusion for all; Community; Enquiry - V-O-I-C-E.