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Curriculum Overview

Our children benefit from a wide range of enrichment activities 

 

At Queensbridge we have an inclusive curriculum with a holistic approach that is relevant to all learners and reflects the communities we are part of.

We celebrate one another’s cultural diversity and learn about different faiths and traditions.

This creative curriculum is driven by our school values (perseverance, respect, possibilities and collaboration) so that learners develop a broad and deep understanding of key skills in curriculum subjects as well as becoming spiritually, morally and culturally aware of the national and global society we live in. This is part of the pupils’ developing understanding of the British Values.

At Queensbridge we teach using a bespoke creative, topic based curriculum (based on the Chris Quigley Essentials Curriculum) so that children can make meaningful connections and build links across all areas of their learning.

It allows for progression and over learning as the children revisit and build on their skills each year. Learning is broken down into manageable chunks so that they can see progress in every lesson. Skills are revisited every year to that they are easily stored in long term memory.

The topics develop each year from in Year 1 learning about The Great Fire of London to comparing London and Nepal in Year 6. Pupils revisit key concepts as they progress each year and learn the key vocabulary in each topic. Topics are taught through reading, writing and maths as well as in humanity lessons.

 

Objectives are repeated in meaningful and exciting ways. Creative workshops and experiences are utilized such as an opera visiting the school. We have strong links with local art galleries, theatres, music venues and museums. Our children benefit from a wide range of enrichment activities such as music performances at the Tower of London, community print making workshops and legacy art projects.

At Queensbridge we want to create reflective, engaged and excited learners. Our pupils are stimulated to be curious and ask questions. We aim to develop them to be independent and we encourage a growth mindset. Children know how to extend themselves. Our children recognise that failure and making mistakes is part of the learning process, encouraging them to take risks. We teach children to be resilient through problem solving and challenging lessons. Pupils take their learning forwards by explaining their reasoning and choices. Vocabulary is explicitly taught and referred to throughout lessons to ensure that everyone can reach their full potential.

Ofsted November 2019

The school provides a quality of education that is exceptional. The head teacher and governors involve all staff in deciding what they want pupils to learn. The views of pupils are important in deciding what is meaningful for them. 

They learn new things by building on what they already know and can do. Inspectors saw that the curriculum was taught well. The school’s curriculum is well designed, with many strengths. For example, the school has achieved national recognition for its work in art and science. Leaders are ambitious that the curriculum covers a wide range of interesting subjects. For example, pupils can develop their own talents, such as film-making. All pupils enjoy the opportunity to take part in a wide range of sporting activities. Curriculum plans help pupils to learn new skills and key knowledge in the vast majority of subjects. 

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