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Our Curriculum

“A place to grow, a place to shine” underpins our vision at Diamond Wood Community Academy for all children to develop a love of learning in a safe and nurturing environment where inclusion and the community are at the heart. 

Early Years - Where little diamonds grow and shine.         

Year 1 - Where our pupils continue to shine.    

Year 2 - Time to prepare for moving on...They did it! They grew and they shone!

Our Curriculum Intent:

We will provide children with a rich, vocabulary based, broad curriculum where language, early reading development and experiences are at the heart of everything we do.

Click here to read our whole school curriculum intent statement.

 

Our Curriculum Breadth

When we talk about our curriculum breadth we mean the range of subjects we teach here at Diamond Wood, and the span of knowledge within each subject. Our broad and balanced curriculum focuses on all subjects, not just the core subjects.

For more information about our programme of study within both the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One please view this page.

 

Our Core Values

At Diamond Wood Community Academy we have designed a meaningful yet ambitious curriculum which provides all pupils with a broad range of opportunities and experiences which are underpinned by our five core values. These are;

  • Friendship 
  • Respect 
  • Honesty 
  • Co-operation 
  • Responsibility

For more information about our core values and how they are interwoven throughout our curriculum please click here

Our Topics

The curriculum is topic based, however subjects are explicitly taught. Overarching whole school topics have been planned to ensure progression of knowledge and skills, allowing pupils to develop strong connections. In turn, this ensures they ‘remember more’, ‘know more’ and can ‘do more’. Topics are launched with an exciting “hook”, where children are immersed into new learning opportunities and culminate with a celebratory showcase event, where families are encouraged to join us and share the knowledge that our children have acquired.

Additional Information

Please access all of the other pages within this section of the website for more information. Our curriculum leaders in school are also always happy to help. Please contact them through via the school office email or telephone number.

Take a look at our 'Tree of Triumph' below to see how our curriculum has been developed.

Click here to view our Curriculum Benchmarks for measuring impact.

 

 

Our experiences help to shape us into the people we are. We will make them count for all of our pupils! 

Our Position Statement:

Our whole school curriculum is currently in a developmental phase. This is due to the introduction of the new Early Years Foundation Stage framework alongside changes required in light of the Covid19 pandemic. We are working extremely hard to ensure we provide an effective 'recovery curriculum' which is tailored to meet the needs of all pupils.

Click here to read our curriculum position statement.

 

Our Curriculum Depth

This refers to how deeply specific topics within each subject are studied. Our curriculum has been carefully designed to ensure a clear progression of the knowledge, skills, experiences and vocabulary pupils will acquire across school. This ensures children are able to 'know more' and 'remember more'.

To look at our planning and progression overviews please view this page alongside our subject pages.

Our Key Themes

A primary intention for our curriculum is to ensure that we encourage and enable pupils to develop their strength of character and own personal development. We have therefore designed our curriculum to be based around specific key themes that support pupils overall global development and increasing sense of self. All of our whole school overarching topics are linked to certain key themes which are progressive across school.  These are;

  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Peace and Conflict
  • Discovery
  • Identity and Community
  • Sustainable Development
  • Good Health and Wellbeing

For more information about our key themes and how they are interwoven throughout our curriculum please click here

Statutory Guidance

At Diamond Wood Community Academy we develop children’s knowledge and understanding through rich, connected learning opportunities and experiences. This ensures that pupils are able to make links, joins and connections between new knowledge and existing knowledge. We use the statutory guidance outlined in the EYFS Framework and National Curriculum and plan ‘backwards’ from these 'end point' objectives. This is through planning clear, consistent and progressive teaching sequences, allowing our pupils to master knowledge, skills and understanding within each curriculum area. 

To find out more about the EYFS Framework and National Curriculum or look at our planning and progression overviews please view this page alongside our subject pages.

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