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Our Curriculum Explained

“Love challenge, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort and keep on learning.”

Carol Dweck

All at Leavesden Green recognise that the curriculum is not merely derived from a prescribed list of knowledge and skills that must be taught. It is far wider than this and covers everything that learners will experience in the school so that our children learn to live life in all its fullness. This involves developing academically, physically, socially, spiritually, morally, culturally, and artistically.

With this in mind the school will at all times demonstrate positivity and promote a love of learning. As a result our curriculum is designed to uncover the considerable talents and potential in all of our learners, as well as covering the desired learning. In doing this we aim to empower children with the knowledge they are entitled to: knowledge that will nourish both them and the society of which they are members.

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.”

Plutarch

The curriculum at Leavesden Green will not only accelerate academic progress and promote high standards. It is our intention to also provide all children with: personal learning, artistic endeavour, social and physical skills, as well as intellectual thought and the thinking skills required to develop a growth mindset that will equip them to be successful in the twenty-first century.

Throughout their time at Leavesden Green the children will become brave, resilient and courageous learners who are ambitious to succeed and suitably equipped to become interested and interesting adults, able to contribute positively to the well-being of their community and to wider society.

Teachers will use their professional judgement and develop imaginative themes that will stimulate the children. This will bring a sense of creative curiosity that will bring high levels of engagement and lead to deeper longer lasting learning. Opportunities will be provided for children to examine and make a positive impact on their world. As a consequence, children will be empathetic, considerate and respectful members of society.

Learning outdoors will be promoted by teachers who recognise that memorable experiences lead to memorable learning. Well focussed sensory and practical activities will also be used to make children inquisitive, and reflective whilst promoting critical reasoning.

Children will be taught to take responsibility for shaping their own learning. Teachers will recognise the importance of developing an ethic of excellence in their classrooms. Well presented learning environments and affirming encouragement from both adults and children will aid children to demonstrate pride and perseverance in all that they do.

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn.”

Benjamin Franklin

From September 2019 we have begun reshaping our curriculum, to develop the learning that our children undertake. We are aware that children learn best when they have a developed and extended understanding of themes and concepts that occur throughout the primary (and secondary) years, which is the very basis of English and Mathematics teaching, where repetition secures, develops, expands and challenges our understanding and knowledge.

This means that we will now be working towards securing a networked approach to learning and development in all subjects, which secures each subjects’ vision statement. This has three inter-related components:

Vertical links

This is the manner in which a concept is developed from the Early Years   through to Year 6, with regard to the children’s development and  understanding.

Horizontal links

This is the manner in which a concept is developed within each year      group, across the topics within a single subject.

Diagonal links

This is the manner in which a concept is developed across year groups, across the topics and across a range of subjects.