At Gade Valley, the essence of our curriculum is to prepare our pupils for the future. , which not only provides essential knowledge and skills, but also promotes important spiritual, moral, social and cultural education. Ultimately, we aim to prepare all pupils to be well-balanced citizens.
We aim to do this by: supporting our pupils to build strong foundations, making learning purposeful, developing pupils’ life skills such as resilience or handwriting, focusing on contextual issues such as technology or the community, developing personal skills such as empathy or self-confidence and most importantly inspiring an importance and love of learning.
Our curriculum is underpinned by a core focus on developing pupil’s literacy and maths skills as well as enabling the pupils to develop themselves as lifelong learners and valued members of the school and wider community.
Our curriculum is committed to meeting the requirements of the primary National Curriculum. It is intended to challenge all pupils so that they can progress well from their starting point and attain the highest standards. It is designed to make learning enjoyable and contextual so pupils gain meaningful skills and knowledge that will equip them in each stage of their learning journey and in the wider context outside of school.
Interwoven in all aspects of the curriculum is the focus on learning behaviours which is developed through growth mind-set and the CHAMP attributes - these equip the pupils to thrive as learners; being confident, helpful, attentive, motivated and perseverant helps them not only with their learning, but also their day to day lives.
Within the curriculum, many creative opportunities are available to enhance learning, ranging from ‘Track Time’ to the many initiatives used to promote a love of reading.
We believe that we will be more successful if this curriculum is enshrined in a clear and shared approach to teaching and learning and to the school ethos.
Our core aims as a school are:
As a school we have the following curriculum principles:
Please see the individual subject pages for further details.