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Teacher Directed Curriculum Information
At Armathwaite we have two interdependent parts to our curriculum that is the Teacher Directed Curriculum and Child Initiated Independent Learning. Time is planned each week for both. The Teacher Directed Curriculum is the National Curriculum. Whilst the areas covered at Armathwaite are similar to the curriculum taught in most schools, our approach is different. Decisions about the way our teachers teach and the formation of our staffing structure have been taken to meet the needs of our individual children and our community, maximising learning capacity and making the best use of expertise available. We have put a lot of time into planning our curriculum very carefully with a huge emphasis on learning. Learning is what we are passionate about. It is the driver within our school. (See Learning Curriculum)
Within our team of teachers we have specialists in
We have a highly valued team of support staff who play an important role in school. Within the team we have specialists in
Our subject specialist teachers plan, evaluate and deliver their subject to all the children in school from Foundation stage, throughout Key Stage 1 and on into Key Stage 2. We all teach all the children each week.
The use of part time teachers gives us the flexibility to provide PPA time and supply cover without bringing in extra staff or asking staff to deliver plans that are not their own. It has reduced our planning. It?s great to be able to teach your favourite subject right through all the age groups especially when you know the children so well.
Quality over Quantity|
We have made a conscious decision as a staff to go for quality over quantity. We make sure children acquire subject specific skills as well as process learning skills and we keep working to improve. The reason it works is that children act on identified areas for improvement. The end result is that children feel really good about achievement and know what their next steps need to be. They see the whole process through.
This is different because
Teacher Directed Curriculum Cycle|
Within the Teacher Directed curriculum we work on the knowledge and skill cycle of
Earth Protector Mission Adventure written by a child in Year 2
The next stage is to evaluate their learning against agreed success criteria and plan their next steps. This can take the form of peer to peer evaluation, self evaluation or pupil and teacher evaluation.
This process results in engaged and motivated learners achieving fantastic results!