The curriculum is everything that children experience in and around school, both planned and incidental - the caught, taught and sought.
Our curriculum empowers children by developing virtues of good character such as wisdom, courage and compassion so they become socially aware and responsible global citizens who aspire to serve as courageous advocates and inspiring change-makers, using their learning to make a positive difference in the world
At St. Helen's our curriculum—C360—is driven by the Alumnis vision INSPIRING CHANGE MAKERS and St. Helen’s Christian vision which focuses on ensuring that all of our children "Learn to LOVE, love to LEARN and aspire to SERVE to that they become global citizens and inspiring change-makers".
We believe our curriculum will enable children to become inspiring change makers and global citizens of the future. We aim to inspire a quest for learning throughout life that is marked by enthusiasm and empathy, ensuring flourishing for all.
The four cornerstones of C360 are underpinned by the theology within the Church of England Vision for Education and Hebrews 10:24 ‘Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.’
The four cornerstones of our C360 are:
Alumnis C360 and our four cornerstones; Academic Success, Character Education, Community and Innovation, are the framework to our curriculum. The curriculum is everything that the children experience in and around the school, planned and incidental, caught, taught and sought.
The ‘caught’ refers to the culture of the school and the inspirational influence of a positive ethos.
The ‘taught’ refers to the educational experiences the school provides to equip children with the vocabulary, knowledge, understanding, skills and attributes they need to be successful and ready for the next stage in their learning. The ‘sought’ refers to the opportunities that generate the formation of personal habits and character virtues.
We expose our students to powerful knowledge and provide education with character:
Character Education is the foundation of our curriculum. Children have a wide range of opportunities to practise their character virtues through all curriculum subjects, enrichment and wider experiences. Character education is woven throughout, enhancing the curriculum to ensure children have experiences beyond the classroom, providing them with opportunities to apply their skills and knowledge in a wider context. Linking all the building blocks of character through four core character virtues:
Our aim is to deliver a knowledge-rich curriculum that is cohesive, cumulative and purposeful. We want our students to become engaged, happy and self-sufficient world citizens, benefiting from and contributing to our local, national and global communities. We make it our mission to foster a love of learning and a sense of agency, inspiring change makers of the future, whatever their background or starting point. For our most disadvantaged students we focus on removing barriers to enable access to the full curriculum and secure good progress, learning without limits.
Our curriculum comprises a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. The learning journey enables subject-specific content and ensures there is clear progression, consolidation and extension of skills and knowledge.
We build in opportunities for children to return to areas of learning, which allows them to gain a deeper understanding of the skills and processes within subjects. The planning process involves the children assessing their previous knowledge and encouraging them to pose their own questions throughout each project.
We monitor and track the impact of our curriculum through:
- Triangulation of a range of information including planning, children’s books, online platforms, pupil voice, marking and feedback.
- Progress from starting to end points of projects.
- The knowledge and understanding the children retain over time leading to the standards that the children achieve by the end of each year.
- The quality of work, progression of skills, depth of knowledge and understanding presented in the children’s books, classroom displays, learning journeys, exhibitions and social media feeds.
- Attainment and progress including national tests and standardised assessments.
- The development of children’s oracy - their ability to articulate their learning.
- The completion of the 6 inspiring changemaker challenges and progress towards pupil agency .
- The develop practical wisdom; knowing the right action at the right time and becoming flourishing individuals who contribute towards a flourishing society.
- The development of character virtues that have far-reaching effects beyond the school gates, ensuring children become global citizens of the future.