Our curriculum at Dame Ellen Pinsent School is one that enables pupils to experience and develop in their own unique learning style. It is formed with our pupils’ background, life experiences and culture in mind and encourages pupils to be confident, improve self-esteem and realise their potential. With our school values underpinning all that we do, pupils learn in a diverse environment that promotes positive social skills, self-awareness, respect, empathy, choice and tolerance.
Our curriculum is one that is rich in variety, broad in context and balanced to suit the needs of our learners. We believe that in order to ensure effective social mobility, our core subjects go deeper and extend from English, Maths and Science to include Physical Education, ICT and PHSE. We believe that these areas develop the whole child and allow them the opportunities to thrive holistically in a greater range of curriculum areas. They are consistently taught each week so that impact can be seen.
In the wider curriculum including the foundation subjects, all teachers are leaders. They champion this area by delivering in a thematic approach covering subjects such as Geography, History, Art, DT and Music. RE is also delivered each week. To introduce each topic, classes may start with a ‘WOW’ day where they are immersed in the theme through role play and discovery so that pupils are hooked and engaged right from the start. They are encouraged to explore and investigate their theme and ask questions that may later form their personalised learning.
In line with the Birmingham Curriculum Statement, we have designed our curriculum to offer our pupils the right curriculum for them, one that engages and inspires. We are determined to offer experiences that not only allows pupils to acquire knowledge skills and understanding , but also to ensure our pupils have every opportunity to capitalise on experiences relevant to them, engage in new and current topics that also promote the culture and climate of our school.
Every pupil has a “Do and Discover” book where outdoor learning plays a huge part in allowing pupils to take part in activities that go beyond the curriculum. Regular Forest School sessions, theme weeks and STEM days encourage further stretch and challenge, as well as promoting independence, responsibility, fun and excitement throughout their school life.
The journey we create for our pupils is one that is consistent in our approach to highlighting our British Values, ensuring pupils becoming computer literate throughout and that everyone has the opportunity to make a positive impact in their life at present and when they move on from Dame Ellen Pinsent School. We have 'No Outsiders' in Dame Ellen Pinsent School – everyone is welcome!
BIRMINGHAM CURRICULUM STATEMENT
In Birmingham community cohesion means working towards a society in which strong and positive relationships exist and continue to be developed in schools, in the workplace and in the wider community. This is achieved through shared values which would include: the valuing of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, tolerance and mutual respect of people’s backgrounds and circumstances; promoting equal opportunities and challenging discrimination, all of which is based on the Equality Act 2010 and is non-negotiable.
2. THE STATEMENT
A statement for our children in Birmingham: a guarantee for their future.
ALL children in Birmingham will experience a broad and balanced curriculum enabling them to grow and learn in an environment without prejudice or inequality. It will prepare them for adult life by:
- Enabling them to play an active role in their school and community
- Experiencing a culturally rich and diverse life
- Developing and benefitting from a range of positive relationships
The curriculum will:
- Promote children’s engagement in learning through enquiry-led approaches that develop skills, dispositions and attitudes to learning
- Equip children for their futures in a rapidly changing world recognising the importance of technology, science, languages and communication for dialogue and understanding between different groups
- Value, celebrate and build on children’s religious and cultural heritage and develop a sense of identity, honouring the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
- Promote the fundamental shared values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
- Help children develop an understanding of all faiths and none, and participate in the celebration of different religious events in understanding and accepting differences
- Develop children holistically: their intellectual, practical, aesthetic, spiritual, social and emotional capacities
- Ensure an understanding of protected characteristics of the Equality Act and how through diversity they can be celebrated
- Encourage children to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative and understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality in which the school is situated and to society more widely
All children and young people will be given the opportunity to learn the benefits of physically and emotionally healthy lifestyles, by participating in high quality personal, social and health education including sex and relationships education.
At school, all children will have opportunities to explore their talents and abilities through:
- Developing an appreciation of the arts
- Taking part in a wide range of physical activities, sports and games
- Developing a sense of self in a non-judgemental, mutually supportive environment
- Experiencing music and its intrinsic value for enjoyment and self-expression through performing, singing and the playing of instruments
- Experiencing social, moral, spiritual and cultural education that broadens children’s awareness and understanding of the world and their place within it
- Independent careers advice that inspires and motivates them to fulfil their potential
In this way we work together to:
- Equip children and young people to be happy, talented, confident and ambitious citizens of Birmingham and of the world
Signed by Date 10 September 2015
Councillor Brigid Jones - Cabinet Member, Children’s Services
Signed by Date 10 September 2015
Councillor James McKay - Cabinet Member, Inclusion and Community Safety