The Six Steps of our Curriculum Design
The Six Steps of Myton Park Primary School’s Curriculum Design
Step 1: Principles and purpose
We began our design process by establishing our curriculum principles. Our curriculum principles reflect the school’s values, context, pedagogy and needs.
Myton Park’s intent is to, “Nurture, Inspire and Achieve”
We believe in nurturing a broad and balanced curriculum where all subjects are valued. Though a vibrant and cohesive teaching approach, we inspire. A broad and balanced curriculum will equip our children with a breadth of knowledge and skills in all areas of the curriculum so that they can achieve.
Following the pandemic, during the academic Year- 20-21, English and Maths will have a greater focus in all subjects.
Step 2: Entitlement and enrichment – Our pupil entitlement
The school intends to enrich its curriculum with educational visits, extra-curricular activities and enrichment entitlements.
Step 3: Breadth and balance – The content of our curriculum
Our curriculum content is organised into a range of exciting themes and projects. These enable Myton Park to deliver on its curriculum principles and entitlement while ensuring coverage of the statutory requirements of the national curriculum. Projects are carefully mapped out through making strategic decisions about what we cover, how we cover it and in how much depth to achieve both breadth and balance. These choices and decisions create our school’s long-term plan.
Step 4: Teaching narrative – The delivery of our curriculum
After organising our long-term plans, teachers plot the narrative of their projects. We aim for teaching narratives to be vibrant and cohesive. We follow a sequence;
Engage, Develop, Innovate and Expres
hook learners in with a memorable experience
set the scene and provide the context
ask questions to provoke thought and interest
use interesting starting points to spark children’s curiosity
teach knowledge to provide depth of understanding
demonstrate new skills and allow time for consolidation
provide creative opportunities for making and doing
deliver reading, writing and talk across the curriculum
provide imaginative scenarios for creative thinking
enable and assess the application of previously learned skills
encourage enterprise and independent thinking
work in groups and independently to solve problems
encourage reflective talk by asking questions
provide opportunities for shared evaluation
identify next steps for learning
This process creates a medium-term plan that can be used as a starting point for shorter-term plans.
Step 5: Resources – Sourcing high-quality resources to deliver our curriculum
We identify the resources we need to bring our curriculum to life and enhance its coherence. A good curriculum needs good quality resources. Resources include human resources, practical equipment, environments and teaching resources.
Step 6: Review and evaluate – Deciding what is working well and where there is room for improvement
After establishing our curriculum, we regularly review its impact on teaching and learning and make any adaptations or changes. We consider the original curriculum principles and purposes when reviewing, and focus on particular areas for development in school.
Of course, the six steps are a simplification of a more complicated process, Several ingredients that have a significant impact on our curriculum design are missing here. For example, the unique combination of the staff, parents and community at our school and their experiences and our children’s passions and interests.
Fundamentally ‘Together, we nurture, inspire and achieve’
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