CURRICULUM INTENT

At ARK Little Ridge we deliver a curriculum which ensures every child becomes a successful learner, confident individual and responsible citizen through a stimulating education. It is our intent for children to acquire knowledge through a rich curriculum which is diverse, thought provoking, inspirational and immersed in memorable moments. Our curriculum celebrates children’s achievements whilst challenging them to aim high and be the best they can be in all they do. We embed the RIDGE values which underpin teaching and learning and the school’s ethos and culture.

CURRICULUM AIMS

  • To foster a life-long love of learning by equipping the children with the knowledge and skills to ask questions about the world around them.
  • Build upon existing knowledge and understanding of events that have shaped our lives both today and in the past.
  • Use the local environment to inspire and enthuse an inquisitive mind, enabling children to learn from first-hand experience and from the community in which they live.
  • Develop an ability to make decisions and work collaboratively with others.
  • Equip the children with the breadth of knowledge and skills needed to make them ‘life-ready’.
  • To provide a wide range of enrichment activities so everyone realises their full potential and talents.
  • To provide a happy, safe and secure learning environment.

HOW WE APPROACH OUR LEARNING

At ARK Little Ridge, we follow a topic-based approach to our curriculum. This means that wherever possible we group our subjects around a central theme which is driven by a ‘key question’.  Whilst most of our curriculum is delivered through this key question approach, some subjects such as PHSE, Maths and music are usually taught separately although links are made when appropriate.

Click here to see our Whole school topic overview

The school has adopted a collaborative learning model, where children teach and learn from each other, promoting a deeper understanding of the knowledge they acquire.

ASSESSMENT OF THE CURRICULUM

Teachers use a range of assessments tools to ensure pupils progress through the curriculum.

These include a primarily formative assessment approach that informs teaching and learning.  For example: knowledge quizzes, live marking and feedback and end of unit assessments.

For any further enquiries regarding our curriculum either speak to your child's class teacher or Mrs Woolley, Assistant Head.