Real Life Curriculum
Our ‘REAL- LiFE’ curriculum provides a goal-driven personalised learning and a broad range of experiences for our pupils. Having trialled this enquiry based approach last year with Years 5-6, we feel that we are ready to embark on this exciting journey to roll it to other year groups this year.
We believe that all children should feel accomplished in a wide range of areas and therefore our curriculum is relevant to the needs of our children, ensuring real life connections. Our aim is to equip them for life and the workplace in the 21st Century. To do this, we have a strong emphasis on character development, ethics and values.
Real Life at Kingsway
We carefully balance the requirement for pupils to reach national expectations in core subjects with our wider curriculum aiming to provide full spectrum of thoughtful and enriching learning. We plan immersive, authentic experiences and application to real life with a strong and clear focus on personalised learning which is achieved through ‘CREW’ time based on the principles of 1:1 coaching. As a result of this, we want our pupils to thrive. To give children opportunities to widen and deepen their knowledge, skills and behaviours we plan learning in a thematic approach. 3 ‘Missions’ have been organised across each mixed year group (Yr 1- 6) with a clear demand for high quality ‘Beautiful’ work. Our thematic approach leads to a more flexible delivery of the curriculum meaning that some weeks children may not study Art, instead they will have a focus on Geography. During other weeks, the opposite may be true, and some weeks there may be a balance across the subjects. Organising the learning in this way ensures teachers have the flexibility to deliver the curriculum in the way that they feel will have most impact for learners. PE is planned weekly and follow whole school progression frameworks. Subject leaders ensure that pupils do not merely cover the curriculum but become masters of individual subjects. If content is repeated, there is clear progression to enable children to gain a deeper and more insightful understanding of the knowledge and skills with the subjects.
At our school, the children in our care are at the heart of everything we do to ensure that we are working towards our school mission ‘Positive Outcomes For All’. Every pupil should leave Kingsway knowing how to be respectful towards others, have a positive mindset and have the confidence to make mistakes, persevere and not give up.
Coaching and Critiquing
We plan immersive, authentic experiences and application to real life with a strong and clear focus on personalised learning which is achieved through ‘CREW’ time based on the principles of 1:1 coaching.
After the first mission of this year, the year 5/6 children reflected on the Character Muscles and skills they built over the half term.
The children also reflected on whether they would like to complete another mission this year.
Watch the video on the left, Austin's Butterfly, to see critiquing in action and how children at any age can engage with it.