Our Rose Wood Curriculum
Rose Wood Curriculum
The wider Curriculum
At Rose Wood we have developed a curriculum that is project based and is underpinned by the power of reading. The curriculum is designed to engage and enthral with aspects that are practical and academic. Each project is cross curricular but has a key curriculum area focus. It is also underpinned by great books and the principles of The Power of Reading. The curriculum is made up of significant content that focuses on the key knowledge and themes of the national curriculum whilst embedding the key skills needed for study of each subject area or discipline. For example: in geography the national curriculum themes and knowledge are taught and covered but so are the skills needed to be a geographer. The curriculum also has to produce a high-quality end product which is shared with a wider audience. Our curriculum is also underpinned by our co-operative approach to learning.
There are 7 essential elements to our curriculum projects.
- How is a compelling purpose created through your project? How are they hooked?
- How does your driving question give focus and purpose to your project?
- How have the children been involved? How will they be involved?
- How are non-negotiables, co-operative learning and independence (3 before me) etc interwoven into your project content?
- How does your project instil inquiry and innovation?
- How will feedback, revision and peer critique add value?
- What is your publically presented, high-quality end product?
We believe that knowledge and skills need to underpin our curriculum so we have developed a skills progression across the whole school. Skills are the pathway to knowledge and the specific knowledge is developed in line with the expectations of the national curriculum. The key skills and knowledge that each of our projects covers can be seen in the year group page and is developing all the time as we create new projects across the coming year.
In addition there is a focus on how the curriculum is being delivered to ensure that it is stimulating and engaging.
The curriculum is semi-blocked. This means that throughout the year there is a key curriculum are focussed on each half term. This is so that each of the key foundation subject is given a greater weighting in the project design for that term. The biggest benefit of this approach is that the curriculum teams can focus their curriculum evaluation on that term.