Our all-through curriculum
Our Curriculum Intent
Curriculum ambition: national
Our intent and ambition for our curriculum is that it is designed to be generally in line with the requirements of the National Curriculum and that pupil progress is strong, so that results for the school are consistently above national averages in all phases for key performance measures.
Curriculum ambition: school
Pupils will receive a broad and balanced curriculum that recognises the importance of reading to enable pupils to progressively build and deepen their knowledge, understanding and skills. The curriculum includes a defined entitlement to enrichment experiences through the taught curriculum and all other planned activities.
Our learners and values
We aim to develop learners who demonstrate our values of Respect, Responsibility and Resilience. This informs our 2024 vision:
‘We want our pupils to be confident, independent, creative, high achieving learners who are prepared for life and its challenges and to fully participate as global citizens.’
Our approach to the curriculum is underpinned by our Four Pillars of Learning that sets out clearly the key elements of successful teaching and learning: Challenge, Engagement, Feedback and Independent Learning. Our pillars are consistent from Early Years through to Year 11.
At Cavendish School, we recognise the importance of tailoring our curriculum to the needs of the pupils and families in our school community.
From their starting points our learners need in particular:
- Literacy, oracy and numeracy
- Planned transition into each key stage
- Intentionally planned opportunities to learn beyond the classroom
- An understanding of how to stay safe
The Four Pillars of Learning
Teaching and Learning at Cavendish School is based around our Four Pillars of Learning: Challenge, Engagement, Feedback and Independent Learning. The concept of our pillars is consistent from EYFS through to Year 11, with its success criteria becoming more challenging as pupils mature.
Pre-School and Reception
Year 1 and 2
Year 3 and 4
Year 5,6 and Secondary
Our pupils and teachers created the pillars in 2016, based on John Hattie’s research on Effect Sizes (a leading researcher of education, who conducted extensive research into the influences of effective teaching and learning). The pillars underpin our:
- Approach to learning
- Planning of lessons
- Reward system and competitions Assemblies
- Monitoring systems