Purpose and Aims of Our Curriculum
- To develop life skills which promote a love of learning as well as nurture curiosity and creativity which feed the children’s imagination
- Provide exciting, engaging and creative learning experiences, which enable all children to become active, independent and effective learners who achieve their very best.
- Create a nurturing environment which supports the well-being of every pupil and enables children to be safe, healthy, emotionally literate and able to maintain positive and fulfilling relationships.
- Foster strong partnerships with parents and carers, valuing the contributions they have to make, encouraging their active involvement in children’s learning and developing a relationship based on mutual trust.
- Enable pupils to understand their communities and help them to integrate and feel valued as part of this community as well as developing their growing understanding of the world
- Develop pupils’ understanding of their responsibilities as members of a community, encouraging a positive, respectful and caring attitude towards others & the environment.
- Enable all our children to become enquiring, responsible, resourceful, resilient and reflective young people, ready to face the future with confidence and to challenge themselves.
Project Based Learning
At NWA the children acquire the fundamental skills for lifelong learning through a ‘project based learning’ approach. Project based learning not only develops the traditional areas of learning such as maths and literacy but it also encourages children to think beyond memorisation. Project based learning requires children to take responsibility for their own learning, to enquire, research, question and analyse their own learning journey. Learning through topics develops essential skills such as team work, thinking skills, questioning, creativity and problem solving; lifelong learning skills.
Developing thinking skills
Teachers at NWA recognise that developing thinking involves the creation of challenging learning experiences which calls for high level thinking. The ‘project based’ learning approach develops pupils’ ability to be independent, creative and flexible learners. Pupils are encouraged to consider not only what has been learnt but also how it has been learned so that they can transfer these skills more readily to other areas and subjects. Topic empowers pupils with the skills that enables them to become independent thinkers, give them the skills to plan and reflect on their own learning and thinking across all areas of the curriculum.
How do we arrange a project based curriculum?
To achieve the ‘thinking classroom’ teachers must do the following as part of the project based curriculum -
- Set an enquiry question which hooks the children and underpins the whole topic
- Set challenging tasks that encourage pupils to think through a problem or issue which may have no single correct answer.
- Plan learning objectives that encourage pupils to transfer understanding across a range of subjects through our topic approach to learning.
- Encourage pupils to build on what they already know in order to make sense of new information.
- Plan for pupils to think together and ask questions.
- Help pupils to make connections in order to transfer knowledge and skills.
- Intervene in the learning process by asking questions that extend pupils’ thinking.
- Allow pupils time for reflection.
- Have an authentic outcome which invites a wider audience to celebrate or be involved in the learning