National Curriculum objectives
The National Curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the core knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It aims to:
- embody rigour and high standards and create coherence in what is taught in schools
- ensure that all pupils are taught the essential knowledge in the key subject disciplines
- go beyond that core, to allow teachers greater freedom to use their professionalism and expertise to help all pupils realise their potential.
At The Pinetree School, our curriculum reflects the ethos of our school, incorporating the statutory National Curriculum, alongside other meaningful learning experiences and opportunities that are tailored to the individual learning, social, emotional and mental health needs of each child.
The curriculum offer is over 25 hrs a week, offering a broad and balanced range of experiences that provide them with opportunities to learn and discover in many different ways. Planning focuses on engagement, pupils individual needs and differentiation.
Our curriculum is designed to recognise children’s prior learning experiences, filling gaps and is focused on improving the outcomes for all our learners. Our curriculum provides pupils with opportunities to develop their social skills, British Values, and SMSC understanding, and offers a balance between core subjects and creative subjects to improve and develop levels of engagement and behaviour for learning skills as well as emotional and physical well being. It is designed to prepare pupils for their onward educational journey and therefore aligns itself with mainstream subject offers.
The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values with a vision to prepare for life beyond our schools.
We want our pupils to succeed and have opportunities to experience achievement. We do this through the variety of levels of qualifications and accreditations each subject offers. We have high aspirations and expectations for our learners, believing that individual circumstances do not limit opportunities of attainment.
Implementing the curriculum at The Pinetree School:
- Is broad and rich, giving all pupils the opportunity to follow the core and foundation subjects of the national curriculum at KS3 and KS4. It aims to inspire pupils and raise aspirations. Pupils work towards a range of accreditations and qualifications including Entry Levels, Functional Skills and GCSEs.
- Cross curricular links are encouraged
- Careers information, advice and guidance offered at the school aim to set pupils up for the next stage of their education. Subject teachers are expected to include aspirations and future careers in their teaching. Bespoke careers education such as trips, theme days, mock interviews, in-house CIAG, external opportunities included fairs and visits to industries and apprenticeships workshops are planned to support and inspire our pupils.
Key Stage 3 (7&8)
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Key Stage 3 (9)
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Academic impact is measured through termly formative and summative attainment data analysis, termly assessed reading ages, success in external assessments including GCSEs.
Social, emotional and Mental Health impact is measured through stakeholder voice (pupil, parent and staff), annual NEET data, daily credit card percentages, attendance, and access to the school reward system. It is also measured through an analysis of the pupils’ ILP, EHCP, PEP, behaviour, attendance and ILP targets.
The curriculum is reviewed annually to ensure that it best meets the needs of the pupils.
Impact measures are shared regularly with Heads of School and termly with Governors and Trustees who review data, and challenge leaders.