Curriculum Intent Statement
Curriculum drivers shape our curriculum breadth. They are derived from an exploration of the backgrounds of our pupils, our beliefs about high quality education and our school values. They are used to ensure we give our pupils appropriate and ambitious curriculum opportunities. Although all areas of the curriculum are equal, our curriculum is personalised to the needs of our children.
Cultural capital gives our pupils the vital background knowledge required to be informed and thoughtful members of our community who understand and believe in British values.
Curriculum breadth is shaped by our curriculum drivers, cultural capital, subject topics and our ambition for pupils to study the best of what has been thought and said by many generations of academics and scholars.
What drives our curriculum at Gorsemoor?
Growing together, hand in hand
After considering the ideas and views of the staff, children, parents, governors and the local community, we have identified three key drivers that represented the needs of our school: personal development, growth and community. They encompass the core values of our school and are broad and wide ranging to enable us to shift focus on those aspects, which are most pertinent.
The circular shape of our school badge represents the whole child. It is like a protective bubble. It represents the traits that our children will need to develop as they venture into our complex world. It includes promoting physical health through Physical Education. However, it recognises the importance of good mental health too. It sees how developing characteristics such as resilience and independence are crucial skills that our children will need in order to face the challenges of life. Securing personal well-being is at the core of everything we do, for not only our pupils, but also our staff and community too.
Our school vision is growing together hand in hand. Promoting each child’s personal growth is important to us and to our parents. Growth is represented on our badge by the Gorse bush. Gorse is a hardy and resilient plant that grows and flowers in all sorts of areas. A plant that grew right here long before the school was built. Like the Gorse on our school badge, we hope that our children grow to see the wide range of opportunities that are available to them. By developing social capital and providing a range of experiences, we hope that the children will begin to see that the possibilities are endless. This means developing a curriculum that introduces them to other cultures and heritage. It introduces them to a range of religions and beliefs and ideas about spirituality. It develops creativity through the arts, including music, drama and art itself. It promotes a rich language and develops good communication skills.
The hands reaching out to each other on our school badge represent community. We have always had a strong sense of community here at Gorsemoor. Visitors and parents often comment on the ‘family feeling’ of our school. Our community starts with each family unit and the links they make with our school from the very beginning. It continues by including the outside agencies that we may need to reach out to in order to support the children in our care. Community is about understanding our identity and the bonds that join us together. It is also about recognising our place in the wider world and making connections with other people and places. This is not just within our own locality but also spreading out further onto a national, European and international scale. It is important for our children to understand the diverse nature of the world that they live in through promoting British Values and helping children to recognise their rights and responsibilities as a global citizen.