Our aim is to make Middleton's curriculum as engaging, relevant and creative as we possibly can for all of our children. We are proud to be the only UNICEF Rights Respecting Gold Award school in Nottingham, recognition of how the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) are embedded into our ethos and curriculum. Our curriculum intent is drawn from Article 29 which states that:
These principles are adopted to help us ensure that we provide a broad and balanced curriculum; for example:
- Developing children's personalities and talents through aspects of the curriculum that shape identity, creativity and expression such as PSHE, Art and Design, DT, Music and Drama.
- Developing abilities through teaching of knowledge, skills and application in key subject areas such as English, Maths and Science.
- Providing children with a curriculum that helps them understand and respect cultures and diversity through the teaching of History, Geography, Modern Foreign Languages and Religious Education.
- Ensuring full coverage of the National Curriculum, but seeking to create links between subject areas in the context of children's concepts of their rights, their responsibilities and the local, national and global environment in which they are growing up.
Our curriculum intent is framed within three strands stemming from Article 3. They are:
1. The child's self-development (the 'I').
2. The child interacting with others, both children and staff (the 'we').
3. The child in their environment: at school, local and global level (the 'our').
This concept of 'I, We and Our' is applied to all subject areas, ensuring that these different dimensions of children's education and development are at the core of curriculum intent.
When considering our intent, the following aims are also common to each subject area:
- Ensure that it is fully inclusive to best meet the needs of all children, regardless of their background, needs or abilities.
- Generate interest, enthusiasm, curiosity and a thirst for learning.
- Promote children's independence and ability to take age appropriate ownership of their learning.
- Provide opportunities for deeper learning and for all children to be appropriately challenged.
- Give learning a meaningful context, including real-life, practical and outdoor learning experiences wherever possible.
- Develop links between subject areas to optimise connections in learning.
- Reflect our school community and local context.
- Develop the skills, knowledge and understanding to prepare for children's next steps in education and their longer term futures.
We have devised the following model to illustrate our rationale of how the Middleton curriculum is constructed.
- The teaching and learning of core skills (Reading, Writing, Oracy and Numeracy) is at the centre of what we do, but is also applied across all other curriculum subjects.
- Those other subjects are taught discretely but, where appropriate, are woven together to create relevant links and connections in children's learning.
- Our Rights Respecting Schools ethos and school values, incorporating PSHE and Relationships education, encompass all aspects of the curriculum.