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Primary School


Curriculum Rationale



Enquiry Curriculum – our wider curriculum offer allows children to develop ambition and bravery whilst developing their creativity and understanding of our local and global community.

We are working with Lighting Up Learning from September 2020 to rejuvenate our curriculum.

Through carefully constructed, cognitively progressive questions, enhanced by the concept of being not doing, our curriculum is enhanced by using enquiry-led pedagogy. Ultimately, the enquiry-led process leads to a challenge, enhancing oracy and 'know more and remember more'.

Changing the language from 'Science' to 'Scientists' is not enough because the reasoning is not underpinned by a pedagogical shift. Just because topics have questions, does not make it an enquiry-led curriculum.

The research is clear: when young people are held responsible for their learning, they are engaged and challenged. Teachers planning for young people to be Scientists is different to teaching them Science. When enquiry questions follow the cognitive development of child, they develop a sense of progression and ownership. When the music subject leader is challenged to become Lead Musician, the engagement changes. This process though is complex. It requires an understanding of cognitive development and how this affects the construction of enquiry challenges.

Our staff are developing their understanding of the theory behind enquiry based learning and cognitive development theory to embed enquiry led pedagogy through our curriculum maps. This is happening through high quality CPD provided by Lighting Up Learning.

With people, places and stories at the heart of each enquiry-led framework, we combine cognitively appropriate questions with progressive challenges, enabling us to localise our content and make it our own.

Starting in EYFS, States of Being form the core driver for learning. Through on the ground training and support, teachers adapt enquiry skeletons to better suit the local content, utilising contacts, organisations and events, past and present.