“Everywhere is a classroom at County.”
Our curriculum is the learning that we do in and out of lessons which influences us later on in life. It is all about knowing, growing and exploring and sums up what is unique to County. With something for everyone, it provides the opportunity to explore our passions and initiate interest within the aspirational environment of our school. (Student Learning and Teaching Team November 2022)
The curriculum at County is simply what we want children to learn and what we plan to teach them both in and out of the classroom so that every student has access to ambitious and rewarding learning experiences that enable students to succeed in life.
We aim to deliver a curriculum that creates a love of learning for all children and that serves the context of our community. We teach lessons that are ambitious and challenging as our students are curious learners who want to know more, remember more and be able to do more than when they started. Our curriculum is as broad as possible for as long as possible, and we do not offer disadvantaged students or students with SEND a reduced curriculum. The opposite – we seek to broaden opportunities whenever we can.
It is important to our students that teachers create a purposeful and inclusive learning atmosphere in all lessons and that there is a culture of positive engagement. The curriculum is planned and sequenced so that the end points it is working towards are clear. In lessons, students are supported to develop their knowledge and to apply that knowledge as skills building on what has been taught before, so they can reach those ends points.
In the classroom students engage in a range of teaching methods such as cold testing, metacognition, teacher-led narration and interleaving. There is a focus on the most important knowledge or concepts that students need to know and feedback, retrieval practice and assessment are prioritised. Our whole school priority on Literacy promotes appropriate discussion and fluency and confidence in reading, listening and writing.
Middle Leaders play a key role in curriculum design and there is a focus on department collaboration as well as HoDs working together in weekly Hods meetings, Learning and Teaching meetings and Squish Days. Ownership of Quality Assurance at Middle Leadership level allows strengths and areas for development to be highlighted.