GARDEN FIELDS CURRICULUM OVERVIEW
“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”
At Garden Fields JMI School we aim to grow hearts and minds through a creative, inclusive, challenging and real-world curriculum.
Our curriculum aims to inspire future thinkers in an environment that stimulates and supports high-quality learning in a broad and balanced curriculum which offers opportunities for deep learning and creative, critical thinking. We recognise all our pupils as individuals and strive to enable all learners to fulfil their potential academically, socially, emotionally and spiritually with their families, in their communities and in the wider world ensuring they become ambitious lifelong learners.
When thinking about our curriculum we wanted to create a well-planned programme, which recognises the knowledge and skills that pupils will need for later life, whilst taking into account the rich diversity of our community’s cultures and the rich history of St Alban’s past. Our curriculum provides children with opportunities to discover and nurture their talents and strengths.
We follow Cornerstones Curriculum 22, which has been customised, personalised and structured so that the development of knowledge, skills and vocabulary is completed in a systematic and logical sequence, with big ideas being re-introduced throughout Key Stages in a variety of projects, making links between subjects and content.
Our curriculum provides children with a range and breadth of rich and memorable learning experiences and also promotes our children’s Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development as well as their understanding of our British Values.
As well as our Curriculum Maestro curriculum planning in Science, History, Geography, Art and Design Technology (DT) our curriculum is also informed by the:
- Read, Write, Inc. (RWI) Phonics scheme
The Herts for Learning (HfL) teaching sequence for reading and writing and HfL’s Teaching and Learning Frameworks for each curriculum year group. The texts that our children study are also linked to the topic themes found in Curriculum Maestro
White Rose Maths and HfL Essentials in Maths schemes for mathematics
- Herts Syllabus for Religious Education together with the accompanying Scheme of Work
Purple Mash Scheme of Work for Computing
- Language Angels scheme for French
P.E Passport Scheme of Work for Physical Education
Jigsaw Scheme of Work for PSHE
We are a happy, healthy, inclusive community where our children respect, support and empathise with each other. Strong morals are embedded through our school values and curriculum, to encourage children to become rounded citizens of the world, who have their own sense of identity, embracing and celebrating the differences around them.
The teaching of all subjects within the curriculum is fully compliant with our duties under the Equality Act 2010 and Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014 as exemplified in the SEND Policy and reported through the SEND Information Report.
You can find out more about our curriculum and how it is used by visiting the Curriculum by Subject or Classes sections of our website.