Our Heronshaw Curriculum
At Heronshaw School our aim is to provide our children with an inspiring, creative and empowering curriculum that is aspirational for all and enables all our children to develop knowledge, skills and vocabulary to succeed in the 21st century. Our curriculum content is designed, structured and sequenced in a way that ensures comprehensive cover of the Early Years Foundation Stage and National Curriculum. The curriculum we provide has been carefully mapped out to ensure that knowledge grows throughout their journey through Heronshaw school. This knowledge is revisited through our spiral curriculum approach to ensure that knowledge and skills are fully embedded. Through this children will know more, remember more and achieve more.
Our curriculum is also designed to:
- recognise and build on children’s prior learning and move them on to new skills
- draw on schemes that we modify to meet the needs of our pupils (RWInc, White Rose, Hooked on Books, The Write Stuff)
- provide creative and experiential first-hand learning experiences, enrichment opportunities and challenges to engage learning
- allow the children to develop interpersonal skills and build resilience.
- develop their intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, leadership and independence
- develop our children's cultural capital through our Heronshaw values; kindness, community, friendship, challenge, success, respect and honesty.
- develop the whole child and provide opportunities for learning beyond those of the children’s everyday experiences
“Inspiration is when you feel a deep-rooted passion and motivation to do something”.
Our curriculum is designed to tap into our children’s natural curiosity and develop a thirst for creativity, new experience and knowledge.
Our curriculum will help children make deeper and fuller understanding of their own experiences. It will nurture our children’s imaginations and enable them to become independent thinkers. Inspiration lessons will be used to ignite an interest with each new project, which will be enquiry based. Specific subjects have mantras that underpin the key vocabulary which we will be expecting the children to use. Our innovative approach to our curriculum includes and increasing around of technology embedded within each subject.
At Heronshaw School, we are committed to ensuring equality of opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents and carers irrespective of race, gender, disability, belief, sexual orientation, age or socio-economic background. We aim to develop a culture of inclusion and diversity in which all those connected to the school feel proud of their identity and ability to participate fully in school life.
We tackle discrimination through the positive promotion of equality, by challenging bullying and stereotypes and by creating an environment which champions respect for all.
At Heronshaw School, we believe that diversity is a strength which should be respected and celebrated by all those who learn, teach and visit us.
Equality in Teaching and learning
We provide all our pupils with the opportunity to succeed and to reach the highest level of personal achievement. We do this by:
- Ensuring equality of access for all pupils and preparing them for life in a diverse society
- Using materials that reflect the diversity of the school, population and local community without stereotyping
- Promoting attitudes and values that challenge any discriminatory behaviour or prejudice
- Providing opportunities for pupils to appreciate their own culture and celebrate the diversity of other cultures
- Seeking to involve all parents in supporting their child’s education
- Utilising teaching approaches appropriate for the whole school population which are inclusive and reflective of our pupils.