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Arundale's Vision

 

Here at Arundale our vision is to be a nurturing community that supports aspirational individuals and promotes inspirational learning and critical thinking. 

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Our school community is committed to providing a safe, secure and stimulating environment. We value and promote shared and personal achievement, high standards and respect for the individual. We believe that by working together we build understanding of one another and develop the self-esteem of every individual.

We have a bright spacious building where our pupils can flourish and reach their full educational potential. We are a fully Inclusive School and we aim to provide the best possible learning environment and opportunities for all our pupils. Our pupils are able to enjoy a superb building that has excellent facilities, our curriculum is diverse and exciting, it meets the needs of today’s ever changing society.

 

Our aim is to give pupils the best possible start for their future learning and to develop them into young adults who have the skills and adaptability to succeed in their chosen path in life. We are a busy and friendly school, with lots going on.

 

This website aims to give you a taster of the school, as well as providing regular updated information for both parents and pupils. We hope that you enjoy your visit to our website, and that you find any information you are looking for. Please feel free to contact the school direct with any queries you may have.

The Curriculum at Arundale

 

Over the last few years, we have invested a significant amount of time and resources in developing a knowledge-rich, well sequenced curriculum to give our pupils access to the very best curriculum content. This ensures that pupils secure a solid base to build on as they move through school and into Key Stage 3 and beyond. Our curriculum is ambitious and goes above and beyond the requirements laid out in the national curriculum.  The Arundale curriculum is designed with knowledge at its heart to ensure that children develop a strong vocabulary base and an extensive understanding of the world.  The curriculum promotes long-term learning and we believe that progress means knowing more and remembering more.  As pupils learn the content of the curriculum they are making progress. We have developed a curriculum built on current research regarding how memory works to ensure that children not only have access to 'the best that has been thought and said' but are taught this in a way that ensures children can remember the curriculum content in future years.  We make use of knowledge organisers to ensure children know exactly which information is expected to be learned over the course of their study in a particular subject.  These knowledge organisers are sent home each half term with a clear guide to indicate to parents and pupils which parts must be committed to memory each week. One of the central aims of the curriculum is to ensure that our pupils are both "interesting and interested". We want them to be 'interesting' to talk to, because they know a great deal about the world and 'interested' in finding out more.  We believe that knowledge breeds curiosity - as pupils learn more about the world they become more curious. It is very difficult to be curious about something that you don't know anything about. We understand that knowledge is 'sticky', in other words, the more pupils know, the easier it is for them to know more.   As a result, we carefully check and activate prior knowledge to ensure our pupils are able to understand and remember new things they are learning. This is why we place particular emphasis on children knowing by heart and building rich webs of knowledge as they progress through the curriculum.  Parents can support this work through quizzing children on the knowledge organisers according to the revision schedule provided on the back.

Our knowledge -rich curriculum is built on the following five principles - 1. Acquisition of 'powerful knowledge' is at the heart of the curriculum This means that pupils learn knowledge which empowers them to not only understand the world around them but to understand how each subject discipline works in order to extend this knowledge of the world. 2. Knowledge is specified in fine detail This means that we set out very precisely what pupils will know and be able to do in each subject. This means that we don't leave anything to chance. If we want pupils to know a specific piece of knowledge we specify when and how this is learned over time. 3. Knowledge is acquired in long-term memory This means that we expect all pupils to remember their learning into the future. We have planned the curriculum so that there are many chances for pupils to review what they have already learned and secure it in their memories. 4. Knowledge is carefully sequenced over time This means that we have thought carefully about the most effective order to learn new curriculum content in.  WE have planned the curriculum so that each unit of work in a subject builds directly on what has been learned before. This helps pupils understand and remember their learning more effectively. 5. Knowledge is organised into subject disciplines and is derived from discourse within subject communities This means that from KS1 we teach individual subjects such as History, Geography, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Art and Languages. We treat each subject separately so that pupils have a very clear understanding of what is important about each subject and that their knowledge and skills progress systematically over time in each area of the curriculum. We work closely with subject experts and subject associations to ensure that what we choose to include in our curriculum is the very best that it can be.

 

For more information about our curriculum please visit our Core Principles, Values & Ethos, Curriculum Intent & Arundale's H.E.A.R.T page.

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