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Grestone Academy

Perseverance

Respect

Independence

Diversity

Excellence

Curriculum

Curriculum Intent and Rationale

Our curriculum; its intent and implementation is deliberately designed to meet the needs of the community of learners. We aim to ensure that all of our children have the best opportunities possible to secure successful, futures contributing to their local community and beyond.

Grestone values flow through the Grestone curriculum from our ethos and vision to our policy and practice in the classroom.

The learning culture is promoted through the schools five pride values (Perseverance, Respect, Independence, Diversity, Excellence) which alongside our commitment to children’s rights as identified in United Nations Convention (Children’s Rights) support the children, when they leave our school. Our children will be encouraged to have strong interpersonal skills, build resilience and become creative, critical thinkers belonging to a tightly knit community where they have the confidence and skills to make decisions, self-evaluate, make connections and become lifelong learners.

Every child is a unique individual. We celebrate and welcome differences with our school community. The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching and basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values. We constantly provide enhancement opportunities to engage learning and believe that each child’s learning journey should be a happy, investigative and enquiring time in their lives. Our children will be nurtured in an environment where there are no limits to curiosity and there is a thirst for new experience and knowledge.

The curriculum celebrates the diversity and utilises the skills, knowledge and cultural wealth of the community, while supporting the pupil’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

We have high aspirations for all of our children which are combined with a culture of high expectations to work in partnership with families ensuring all children will be the very best that they can, leaving this school emotionally literate, self- assured and competent in basic skills.

We recognise that spiritual, moral, social and cultural education begins with the child’s home heritage and we harness this to ensure our children are aspirational and ambitious in achieving their full potential.

We acknowledge and fulfil our obligations under the 2002 Education Act; the 2011 Children’s Act and 2010 Equalities1980 Act. We will promote equality and safeguard the welfare of children. We recognise that spiritual, moral, social and cultural education includes a duty to Champion CORE British values as set out in the 2011 “Prevent Strategy”.

Community involvement is an essential part or our curriculum as we celebrate local traditions, learning new skills to enable the children to take an active role in school, local and national events throughout the year.

The curriculum entitlement prepares all of our children for a life in the multi – cultural and multi – faith society of the 21st Century and allows every child an opportunity to reach his / her full potential.