What is the intent of our school curriculum? What are we aiming to achieve?
Our curriculum is driven by, and builds from, our clear and distinct Christian mission and values. We champion the National Curriculum and set the goal of preparing our children to have a set of attitudes and values that prepares them for life in the modern world in a diverse and ever-changing community and work place. We want the children of Donnington to develop the appropriate subject specific knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum and beyond, so that every child can flourish, reach and exceed their God-given potential academically, physically and artistically; to be nurtured and inspired to strive for excellence by:-
- Learning about relationships and reciprocity, and how people collaborate, live and work together to form community. (Building friendship)
- Learning about technological and social developments and strategies for problem-solving and overcoming difficulties; to develop the resilience and behaviours learners need to succeed in the world. This includes developing concentration, perseverance, imagination, co-operation, the enjoyment of learning, self-improvement and curiosity. (Encouraging perseverance)
- Learning about changes to our world, to engage in the culture they live in and understand the cultures of others. Exploring how we can contribute to a better society and sustainable environment and develop aspiration for the future. (Inspiring hope)
The curriculum is all the planned activities that we as a school organise in order to promote learning, personal growth and development. It also includes a range of extra-curricular activities that the school organises in order to enrich the experiences of our children. It also includes the ‘hidden curriculum’, or what the children learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave.
An example of our we enrich our curriculum is through how our Core School Values are Hope, Perseverance and Friendship drive the trips and visits we make.
In the Autumn Term we go on adventures that teach our pupils about friendship, with pupils actively helping each other to climb cliffs, jump in lakes and get muddy.
In the Spring term we welcome visitors from Beam and the Eatwell Team to learn about how we can keep ourselves healthy to aid Perseverance.
In the Autumn Term we learn about Hope; how we can make our world a better place and caring for our world. We visit Hoo Zoo to learn about how we can care for our eco system and actively protect our planet.
Our school motto of ‘TEAM Together Everyone Achieves More’ epitomises what we all feel the school represents. We believe strongly in the partnership of parents, children and staff. By working together & sharing common goals we can move our school forward & achieve our aim of providing a rich & varied education in an atmosphere of trust, tolerance & respect for others.