Overview of the Curriculum including Curriculum Intent
At Kenilworth School our curriculum meets the needs of all of our students and ensures that everyone has access to diverse experiences in school and outside to enable social equality and mobility, regardless of their starting points. Our curriculum is ambitious, inspiring everyone to excellence.
Curriculum sequences centre around our definition of learning as a change in long term memory and describe how core knowledge is acquired and built on from one year to the next, and how that knowledge is revisited and retained for the long term. To achieve this, curriculum sequences utilise the benefits of retrieval practice; interleaving content; and synoptic assessments to ensure that prior material is secure and knowledge retained. Alongside this, the curriculum promotes metacognitive strategies to develop students as increasingly self-regulated learners.
We prepare our young people to compete for employment opportunities and develop a range of skills that are beyond the framework of GCSEs and A levels or national curriculum. We develop the cultural capital of our students to enable them to understand the heritage of this country, whether it be in literature, history, law or politics or any other area and understand the external influences that have made our country and people the diverse community that we are. Students have opportunities to experience the world around them to develop respect for others and embrace diversity in all its forms. We prepare our young people to have a strong moral compass and to be confident in their views through listening to and communicating with others. This includes opportunities beyond the school day to collaborate with others in school and in the community to develop a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
The 5Rs are integral to our curriculum intent and opportunities to develop these 5Rs should help students to be successful in later life. The 5Rs are embedded in the curriculum schemes of work and when teachers plan for appropriate sequencing of lessons, they take account of the way in which these 5Rs are developed and lead to greater student independence. Students are rewarded explicitly for the 5Rs both in lessons and enrichment to support their personal development.
The curriculum at Kenilworth School should take account of the following principles and ensure that these are embedded within planning:
Understanding of long term memory and retrieval practice to help with knowledge retention;
Ensuring that opportunities for interleaving are taken wherever possible in delivery of subject material;
Regular opportunities for timely, specific and actionable feedback to move learning forwards are built into sequences;
Students are activated as instructional resources for one another through peer interaction (including peer - assessment), and as owners of their own learning;
The benefits of metacognitive strategies in the classroom are capitalised upon to help develop self-regulated learners (in particular the ‘plan - monitor - evaluate’ approach). October 2021