Where does our curriculum come from?
We choose inspiring topics where PSHE (Personal Social and Health Education) is entwined throughout.
We teach a skills based curriculum which encourages children to explore, find out and lead their own learning.
We ensure children are exposed to the ‘bigger picture’ including global and environmental issues which are part of all our lives and which we care about.
We deliver a curriculum saturated with quality children’s texts and will foster a true love of stories in all our children.
We start each annual cycle with topics that the children are familiar with – cycle 1: local ‘Why is Nottingham an awesome place to live? Cycle 2: familiar stories ‘Do baddies ever change?’
Our PSHE is linked with supporting charities relating to our topics e.g. Nottingham winter shelter (homelessness) ‘Why is Nottingham an awesome place to live?’ Water aid ‘Do we always appreciate what we’ve got?’
Widening the experiences for our children is fundamental to us at Pinewood - including the outdoors, visits and visitors in all our topics. This includes planning a visit and a visitor into school (at least) for each topic. Planning a residential trip for Year 2s to build confidence, independence and co-operation.
We are committed to the arts at Pinewood. We are continually developing our arts provision and are now currently working towards the arts mark. We also value speaking and listening, drama and performance as part of our curriculum. We encourage children to take risks and to challenge themselves demonstrating their talents in Christmas plays, assemblies and talent shows.
We have an extensive range of extra-curricular activities including library club, sewing, cookery, PE, drama, parachute, forest schools and we use children’s voice to respond to children’s views and preferences.
Why do we start with a big question?
To develop curiosity
For children to lead their own learning
So children can share their interests and experiences
To centre our topic around the question
What certain things do we include in our curriculum?
A launch (to excite and enthuse) and a project or end product (purpose and achievement)
Talk for writing, speaking and listening, drama, rainbow grammar, quality texts
Teaching values (e.g. resilience), modelling behaviour, supporting our children and families
Arts – theatre, dance, music, professional visiting artist, puppets
Outdoor learning as much as possible
What is close to our hearts? And what do we want to achieve
Providing wider experiences, improving life experiences, nurturing our children, confidence building and providing stability
Caring for the environment, promoting eco and valuing the great outdoors
Importance of values
Aspiration – encouraging our children that they can steer in any direction they choose
Why have we got the curriculum we’ve got?
To broaden experiences
To provide a deeper understanding of different skills within our topics
To improve our cross curricular links and develop a skills based curriculum
To develop our arts provision
To increase awareness of environmental and world issues and our own impact on the bigger picture.
To encourage children to be critical thinkers with high aspirations and to be passionate about the world we live in
What drives our curriculum?
Giving children more opportunities
Making learning irresistible – sparking the interest, enthusiasm and curiosity in our children
Providing a ‘launch experience’ and planning an end product or project
Passion for environment and the arts