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Cirencester Deer Park School

Cirencester Deer Park School

Curriculum

Cirencester Deer Park School is committed to delivering a broad, balanced and enriching curriculum which enables all pupils to access the knowledge, skills and Cultural Capital which is required to prepare them to lead happy, ethical, productive and fulfilling lives. Our curriculum is ambitious in delivering and engaging all our pupils with the high quality education to which they are entitled.

Cirencester Deer Park School recognises itself as a knowledge-engaged school, where knowledge is seen as underpinning and enabling the application of a wide range of skills. The National Curriculum provides the guiding principles in terms of the content of delivery and careful attention has been paid to the aims and purpose of study in each faculty area to allow all pupils to access the core knowledge which is required to make progress in the different subject areas. Additionally, curriculum design promotes challenge and inclusivity, recognising that there are opportunities and high expectations for all our pupils. The planning of the curriculum by all faculties in the form of curriculum maps, has allowed for learning to be sequenced to promote continuity, cohesion and progression.

The promotion of literacy and numeracy skills are fundamental across the curriculum. At Cirencester Deer Park School all teachers recognise that they are teachers of literacy and numeracy in addition to their own subject areas. In order to support pupils in developing confidence and fluency in both of these areas, policies have been collaboratively developed identifying the various strategies which can be used.

The curriculum is designed to create learning opportunities and lessons which encourage deep learning, creativity, critical thinking and problem solving to support pupils in the transforming world to be the decision makers of the future. As a school we will continue to use the principles of the Learning Power Approach – Reciprocity, Resilience, Resourcefulness and Reflectivity (The 4Rs), in addition to a range of other teaching and learning strategies - to deliver our engaging curriculum to all pupils.

Cirencester Deer Park School recognises that the curriculum goes beyond the subject knowledge content delivered in lessons and that to create a positive culture within our school community and to support pupils’ well-being we strive to enable our pupils to be happy and engaged learners. Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development (SMSC) is embedded in the curriculum and is designed to enable our pupils to develop the essential learning dispositions which will support them throughout their life, namely empathy, self-reflection and social interactions.  Cultural Capital (introducing our pupils to the best that has been thought and said to help engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement) is a cornerstone of our curriculum at Cirencester Deer Park School, both in lessons and through the extensive extra-curricular programme.  Experiences are offered throughout the year and across the school to provide pupils with the opportunity to gain confidence and to become culturally literate, whether this is through a sporting event, theatre trip or debate.  We believe that this holistic approach to curriculum entitlement is essential in supporting our pupils in being the best that they can be.

Please take the time to explore what our faculties offer: