The Headteacher, staff and Governors of Claycots School are committed to ensuring that our pupils receive a broad and balanced curriculum which is engaging and challenging.
Our shared vision for our wider curriculum is that it is ‘a learning journey that promotes social mobility through an aspirational, creative and challenging curriculum which will equip our pupils with the knowledge, skills and understanding to lead a successful life in multi-cultural Modern Britain.’ This is the intent of our wider curriculum offer.
All staff have high expectations for our pupils and we use our school’s LIVE Values and principles of Ready, Respectful and Safe to promote high levels of engagement and positive attitudes to learning.
The implementation of our wider curriculum is centred on ensuring that our pupils progress and demonstrate achievement as growing historians, geographers, artists, musicians, designers, thinkers, debaters and problem solvers, and is a balance of being knowledge rich whilst also promoting skills linked with individual disciplines as well as transferable skills.
Our curriculum design ensures that pupils learn knowledge and develop key skills from the National Curriculum through a topic approach and, when appropriate, discretely. Our progression documents ensure that progress in these disciplines is developmental.
The school has high expectations of its staff to ensure that quality first teaching and learning opportunities across the curriculum lead to our pupils acquiring a deep level of understanding.
In Religious Education, the school uses Discovery RE, where pupils learn about the world’s major religions. Our curriculum ensures the delivery the Pan-Berkshire Agreed Syllabus for RE. In PSHE, the school uses the Jigsaw Scheme of Work, which teaches pupils about Relationships and Health Education. Through this, our pupils learn the importance of self-respect and showing respect to others, gaining a greater understanding of differences and the importance of tolerance.
The embedding of fundamental British Values is not only promoted through RE and PSHE, but also through the topic approach taken to include music, history, geography, art and DT, and through our themed assemblies, in turn ensuring that pupils know and understand the meaning and importance of these shared values.
Claycots School follows the National Curriculum – details available here: National Curriculum