At Corporation Road Community School, we understand that the importance of getting our curriculum right; it has been designed to meet the needs of our children so they can flourish – both academically and socially. In order to achieve this, we provide a curriculum that is broad, balanced, relevant and able to provide for varied needs.
Our ultimate school aim is to ensure that children who leave Corporation Road Community School ‘work hard and be kind’; we are determined to ensure that our curriculum enhances our school culture and climate in order to deliver this fundamental ambition. We aim to identify and remove barriers to learning and provide suitable learning challenges that respond to diverse needs, including those of the most able. Our curriculum encompasses a variety of exciting, first-hand experiences to enable children to acquire appropriate skills, knowledge and understanding preparing them for today’s world – respecting the nature of individual subjects. Through the provision of a stimulating environment and our school grounds, links within the community and beyond, children will develop their full potential. We are determined to reach our aim that any child should reach their goals and excel in any area of the curriculum – and not just in English and mathematics. As such, children’s Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) development, and their Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education (PSCHE) is at the heart of our curriculum approach.
Our curriculum is aspirational; we aim to promote children’s self belief and a ‘can do’ attitude. We make links to the ‘real world’ whenever we can, including occupations and locations which children may not relate to on a daily basis.
We implement a broad and balanced curriculum which is pertinent to life in and around Darlington and knowledge of the wider world. We use deliberate themes which are threaded through our curriculum and deepen the sense of belonging and community. We believe that the sense of community is a concept related to quality of life, encompassing a feeling that individuals matter to one another and to a group. We want to ensure that our children become fully inclusive and welcome all that join our school and their wider community. We want them to understand that being different is welcomed and believing in different things is embraced.
The common theme across all topics is belonging to a community. There is a close link to geography which includes why people settle and how they identify with their surroundings through time. Our sense of identity is founded on our belonging to particular communities through shared beliefs, values, or practices
The choices that we make, from our religious views, to the friends that we make, places us as part of the groups, networks and communities that make up human society. To that end, we want our children to be tolerant, kind and be people who defend/support the vulnerable throughout their lifetime. We feel this especially important to teach these values so our children feel confident as they develop into adulthood. We aspire for our children to be productive, successful and happy adults in tomorrow’s society. We embrace the notion that what they are taught and experience today, directly sets the standard for tomorrow.
To see how our inclusive curriculum caters for all, please click here and see our SEND Policy, Accessibility Plan and SEND Information Report.