Since January 2020, we have been working on developing a new curriculum for our children. We have consulted with children, parents, staff and governors as part of our development process. Our new curriculum has been devised over the summer term 2019-20 and will be piloted from September 2020.
Our Curriculum Values
1. The importance of subjects
We believe that every child deserves a curriculum that is grounded in the knowledge, concepts and overarching ideas of individual subjects. A knowledge-rich curriculum and improving teachers’ pedagogical skill are likely to have the most impact on children’s achievement. Through the delivery of purposeful, impactful continuous professional development and learning, we will ensure our teachers are able to teach art as well as they teach reading; to teach history as well as they teach maths.
2. The importance of identity
Our curriculum celebrates and values the city in which we live: we are citizens of Birmingham, but also of Britain, of other countries and of the globe. A positive sense of identity is crucial to the development of self-esteem, confidence and belonging: children who feel worthy and capable are more likely to be optimistic and to do well in school; a healthy sense of identity also helps children to be more open to people from other backgrounds because they are less likely to fear differences.
3. The importance of experiences
Practical hands-on experiences, as well as visits and visitors, enhance and deepen knowledge because they are planned and contiguous to the subject. We maximise the museums, galleries and civic spaces that Birmingham has to offer - as well as the people in our local community - in order to bring scholarship to life.
Our Curriculum Intent:
Our curriculum provides our children with knowledge that will nourish both them and the society of which they are members. It is structured to have vertical, horizontal and diagonal links in a deliberate, planned way so that the curriculum is memorable. This enables our children to build up cumulative knowledge over time and empowers them with the means to interrogate and apply knowledge and skills to new and novel contexts.
Our curriculum is specifically relevant to the children of Leigh. We have chosen people, places and problems that reflect and meet the needs of our location, our community, our collective history and our potential for the future. Our teachers create learning opportunities so that our children experience and reach into the awe and wonder contained within our curriculum.
To grow ethical citizens
Our curriculum has been designed to enable our children to understand important things about the world and themselves. It champions and enables equality, diversity and inclusion and provides our children with the intellectual, artistic and physical opportunities that they are entitled to.
These texts and links have helped shape our curriculum thinking:
Parents can find out more information about Leigh's curriculum on this page and also through our newsletters and curriculum letters. For any further information please speak to your child's class teacher or a member of SLT.