Rationale for Implementation
We use Dimensions 'Learning Means the World' Curriculum as the main vehicle for achieving our outlined intent, with a view to providing an ambitious, highly visible curriculum offer. The ‘Learning Means the World’ Curriculum is underpinned by four highly relevant world issues, known as the four Cs:- Communication, Culture, Conflict and Conservation
The Communication Driver
We believe that language is the key to learning and provides children with the necessary tools in order to fully access the broader curriculum. We want our children to be confident communicators, especially through oracy. In order to do this, we have a focus on vocabulary across the school and speech and language is a priority on entry. We are very proud of our achievement in reading and our love of novels throughout school. We want our children to be able to articulate, share and value their own and each other’s ideas, knowing that their opinions matter. We also want them to be able to express their thinking and reasoning clearly in discussion, by encouraging collaboration and the exchange of ideas, with a focus on developing their written communication, social interaction and conversational skills.
The Culture Driver
As a school that predominantly represents a White British demographic, with limited personal awareness or experience of other cultural groups, we want our pupils to fully appreciate and embrace diversity by learning about, celebrating and developing an understanding of a range of different cultural and faith heritages. As Christians, we want them to value difference, understand the roots and importance of cultural heritage and behave in a respectful and tolerant way towards others, regardless of faith, ethnicity or background. We actively and explicitly promote cross-cultural friendship, respect, tolerance and understanding through ‘Learning Means the World’.
The Conflict Driver
We believe that life skills should be taught throughout the curriculum and an understanding of responsible, respectful behaviour is an important aspect of learning. Having a developed understanding of sources of conflict and recognising the impact that conflict can have on relationships at a personal, local, national and international scale, we believe, will make a difference to the choices our children make. We want our children to be able to independently manage conflict, whenever it may arise, in a constructive, timely manner. Through this curriculum we believe we can provide our children with strategies to deal with conflict as it arises.
The Conservation Driver
We want our children to care passionately about our world and to engage actively with conservation issues as good stewards of God’s world, both now and in the future. We feel they will do this best through a curriculum that puts sustainability at the heart of the curriculum, employing a more structured approach to developing environmental awareness and appreciation, not just at local, but also national and global levels. Our outdoor space is inspirational and we aim to develop its use in order to maximise its potential and allow pupils to be more invested in and learn about conservation issues.