At Didsbury Road our curriculum is based on our ethos, vision and core values. It has been designed in collaboration with staff and pupils. We aim to offer a curriculum that is broad and balanced, rich and deep and prepares our pupils with the knowledge and skills for the future. Our curriculum is responsive to the individual needs and interests of our pupils and encourages the use of environments and expertise beyond the classroom. We strive to promote a caring nature in all our pupils and staff.
Our curriculum is underpinned by our aims, values and purpose: to create happy, caring confident learners of the future.
The 5 Es
Our creative curriculum is focused on being
The 7 Cs
Our curriculum focuses on skills and knowledge. The key life skills we value and want to promote in our pupils are:
Flexibility when planning is the key to a creative, broad, interconnected curriculum. Flexibility enables the staff and children at Didsbury Road to make the most of time, resources and expertise. We deliver our curriculum with a clear focus on what we want the children to know and the skills we want them to develop whilst enabling them to make links and connections in their learning.
Learning Enrichment and Enhancement
We value external expertise and welcome opportunities to enhance our curriculum such as visits from authors, artists, police officers, the mayor and engineers.
Parents are an important resource in our creative curriculum. We encourage their support and engagement to enhance our curriculum with events such as Diversity week and Science week.
We offer wider curriculum opportunities and after school clubs such as Multisports, karate, art club, ukulele, French and lacrosse.
Residentials and visits outside school give the pupils at Didsbury Road first hand experience and enable interconnectivity between subjects.
We encourage creativity and confidence through regular class assemblies and year group performances.
We punctuate our timetable with enrichment days and weeks for specific curriculum subjects such as Art, History and Geography. The purpose of these enrichment days is to develop a deeper understanding of specific skills and knowledge.
Our parents and carers verify that our 'varied curriculum' is a real strength of our school and that we 'keep the curriculum exciting to inspire children to learn' (Parent and carer questionnaire, Spring 2019). We ensure that our pupils are fully prepared for their next stage in their learning and they acquire the knowledge and skills they need to be successful both in and beyond the school context. The impact of our curriculum is monitored by Governors, senior leaders and subject leaders. This is done in a range of ways including:
- data analysis
- looking at children’s work and other evidence of outcomes
- lesson observations
- learning walks and drop ins
- feedback from children
- feedback from teachers
- feedback from parents