8 things to think about when delivering a curriculum

Last month, the School Improvement Advisor visited the school to give us feedback and support on our curriculum.

There was some useful feedback on things we are doing well and things we could improve on.  All of which could be quite useful.

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  1. Quality of interactions – Make sure these are supporting and moving children on.  Gone are the days where we can mark our books and just let the class get on with it. (Thank goodness!)
  2. Coverage is more about progression and depth nowadays.
  3. Make sure that your school has a curriculum intent otherwise your curriculum can be a mess of initiatives that no one has really got a handle on.
  4. Sharpen your learning intentions. This will ensure that children know what they are learning, teachers know what to assess against and evidence of this will be much clearer.
  5. Have a range of evidence. It doesn’t all have to be writing.  Include photos, quotes, observations, drawings, labelling, mindmaps, learning.
  6. Talk to each other.  As a team, it is important to come together in creating the curriculum.  The most recent staff meeting we had gave teachers that opportunity to talk and bounce ideas off of each other.
  7. Improve subject leadership.  It’s one way where we can all lead the curriculum.  It shouldn’t be one person’s job if we want all involved in creating the best!
  8. See other schools – what a way to grab the best ideas from all places.

Moving our curriculum on – learning intentions and skills

In building our world class curriculum, I shared with my staff good examples of how learning intentions are used to drive the learning.

Class teachers need to ensure:

  • Skills are leading the learning intention.
  • Context can be shared in the annotation of what is happening in the lesson
  • Observations, photos, children’s work is used as evidence for the learning intention.

 

Skills documents used In our school are constantly being reviewed but you can find them here.

How to achieve a world class curriculum- where to start.

When it is unclear on where to start on curriculum design, the diagram below is extremely helpful.  I used this at the beginning of my journey, looking at what we had and what was important in establishing our curriculum.

effective chracteristics of learning

Each part gives you something to think about and acts as a tick sheet to what makes a world class curriculum.

  • The individual children, making sure that every single child’s needs are met.
  • The characteristics of effective learning, ensuring that all children are engaged, motivated and thinking.
  • The duties of your school that affects the curriculum and, in turn, the curriculum affects.
  • Embedding skills for school and later life.
  • Inclusion, safeguarding and equality are all intertwined within this diagram. Even though they are not shown, it is important to keep this clear in our minds.