At Huntcliff we have designed a curriculum that offers a wide range of subjects and experiences for our students. Students are given opportunities to experience and evaluate a range of different styles in all areas, for example in literature, music, art and crafts.
The curriculum supports students to develop their skills and knowledge through a spiral model that allows content to be revisited and understanding checked before it is further developed, allowing interventions to be a process that is ongoing. We want all students to achieve, regardless of their starting points and we work hard to make sure they feel supported and championed. They are supported to achieve though academic and pastoral interventions when needed.
We appreciate in these turbulent times, some students will need bespoke interventions to support them either in closing gaps in knowledge or skills, or for their resilience and wellbeing and we make sure the curriculum allows this support.
Academic achievement is important for pupils to move onto the next stage of their learning, however, we will always try and exploit opportunities for enrichment within lessons and allow time within the curriculum for educational visits and trips to further enrich students’ learning experiences. We want to create successful global citizens who understand their responsibility to themselves and others, and this is supported through the delivery of Life in all year groups
A spiral curriculum allows content to be revisited and understanding assessed before new content added. This allows immediate interventions to take place throughout the students learning, so gaps in knowledge are minimised.
Social skills of students are supported by teaching in a variety of ways including groups discussions, class talk and teamwork. Teachers know the importance of students having a broad and sophisticated vocabulary and recognise it is a way to promote success regardless of starting point, so the explicit teaching of vocabulary is evident in all curriculum areas.
Lesson format is designed to be consistent but not constraining, so teachers can deliver content in a way they find appropriate for their groups. We introduce what we are learning today and share outcomes, there is an achieve outcome we expect all students to get and an aspire outcome designed to challenge the more able. Within every lesson there is an opportunity to demonstrate understanding. This will be assessed by the teacher and tasks to intervene and improve given in the connect task at the start of the next lesson. This regular assessment allows teaching to be adapted swiftly and with impact where necessary
Exam material and opportunities to practice exam skills are planned into lesson time and throughout the academic year so students are as confident and comfortable with the external assessments as they can be. Within subjects, opportunities for discussing possible careers are exploited and a range of skills such as analysis, evaluation and discussion developed to further support success post 16. A love of reading is promoted through a variety of ways, for example timetabled library lessons and planned for Drop Everything and Read session.
The Gateway provision allows students who are not secondary ready additional time to improve their literacy and numeracy skills as well as support to access all the other subjects so they can succeed at KS4.
The aim of the curriculum is to allow students to feel successful in a variety of subjects and ultimately to succeed in achieving their FFT20 target in all the subjects they take as a minimum.
With the interventions planned for taking place within every lesson following the assessment of demonstrate and through the small group interventions in English and Maths to close gaps, we hope 100% of student gains a minimum of 8 qualifications.
Through the use of regular assessment and revisits, we aim to build resilient learners who know that to be their best they will need to review and redo work, and that this is not a failure.
We want to create a love of learning and allow students to find their talent through giving a range of experience and lesson content. We will provide personalised support for students who require it with wellbeing classes and the Gateway provision and reward excellence and hard work so students leave us with strong character so throughout their lives have a positive and impact on society