Curriculum Design

“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” Ignacio Estrada

About our Curriculum

It is an exciting time at Huntingdon Academy! This year, we have been committing a lot of time and resources to developing our whole-school curriculum. We have an obligation to our children – they are entitled to a world-class curriculum that offers them the best possible opportunity to succeed. The curriculum is planned and sequenced so that the understanding of key concepts is deepened. Connections are made around a topic (schema-building) so that children understand how their learning is inter-linked within and across subjects. All children are able to access the curriculum and experience success in doing so.

Teachers are confident that their subject knowledge is strong enough to deliver a sequence of learning with precision and clarity. They focus on developing the long-term learning of children, not just the here-and-now. With that in mind, retrieval practice features throughout the curriculum so that children are encouraged and supported in remembering what they have been taught so that teachers are confident in saying that children have learnt something well. This is supported by assessments that we ask the children to take part in.

Reading opportunities are emphasised and texts are matched to the curriculum being studied. This further supports the deepening of understanding that children have about a concept. Children are routinely presented with reading that relates to their subject so that they have opportunities to read widely and with increased challenge.

It was decided that the children needed a curriculum that would help them to be ambitious, curious, knowledgable, self aware, articulate, resourceful and resilient. As a result, the Huntingdon Curriculum Drivers have been developed.

These drivers were then organised into phases so that it would be clear to teachers, children, and parents what exactly would be expected to be seen in each year group so that we knew children were having the opportunity to experience or develop the specific qualities that we believe they need.

We believe that careers awareness should feature throughout the curriculum to encourage children to be ambitious and set goals for the future. We aim for children to be aware not just of the opportunities that there are today but to consider the opportunties that there may well be in the future.

Learning is purposeful and the curriculum each half term culminates in an ‘authentic outcome’ where pupils work collaboratively on a project that allows them to apply and take ownership of their learning.

To take a closer look at any of the documents above, please refer to the relevant pages-; Curriculum Drivers, Individual Subjects or Year Group pages.