Loving, Learning, Serving.
‘For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works.’
The school’s leaders and staff have a shared vision and intention for the curriculum and together we strive to provide and implement opportunities to meet the needs of all of our learners, ensuring we develop each person as they are uniquely known. We believe that the best way to prepare our children for the future is to enable them to acquire knowledge whilst developing skills and understanding. This means that we endeavour to make cross curricular links, where meaningful and possible, so that children can develop transferrable skills. These skills can then be used in any subjects as well as preparing them children to make a difference in our world.
Our learning is theme based and will often use a book as a stimulus for a starting point. This helps children to see links between language, reading and writing and supports our whole school focus on improving the standards of writing. Many of our children enter school with a deficit in key skills required for effective learning, including critical thinking and resilience. This is why perseverance is one of our core Christian values as we commit to ensuring all our leaners grown in character, resilience and understanding whilst pursuing spiritual development and academic excellence. We believe our curriculum intention addresses some of the typical gaps for our learners.
Wherever applicable and useful, maths will be connected to the theme and will often focus on problem solving and mastery. We encourage children to think for themselves, discuss ideas and to use reasoning when justifying their ideas. Again, this is because we are committed to preparing our children to take responsibility for the talents and abilities they have, to make a difference in our world.
Many of our themes begin with a ‘Super Starter’ to hook the children in and will work towards purposeful outcomes for the children and parents to enjoy at our ‘Fabulous Finish’. These purposeful outcomes allow us to celebrate learning, whilst developing the required effective learning skills previously mentioned. Many of our themes have a visit, visitor or a career link. This is because it helps the children to understand the world we live in and the world of work, supporting children in developing aspirations for the future, which is central to our vision here at Malvern Wells as we strive to inform the socially advantaged majority about the wider world we live in.
National Curriculum statutory requirements are fulfilled and in addition to this the Malvern Wells curriculum ensures opportunities are broad and balanced as well as suited to the needs of our pupils, so that they can understand, appreciate and succeed in modern Britain.
We expose our children to wider fulfilling life experiences though our curriculum. This includes theme days, residential trips, sporting events and our strong global link with Tanzania. This wider curriculum supports us in our vision to bridge the early gaps we identified as they grow in character, independence, resilience as well as broadening each individual’s experiences of the wider world we live in.
At Malvern Wells we recognise that there is a need for some subjects to be taught discretely. Where this is done, learning is carefully planned to ensure acquisition of knowledge and skills is purposeful. RE is a highly valued subject that enables understanding of how religion and beliefs affect our lives. At the heart of RE in our church school, is the teaching of Christianity but pupils also learn about other faiths and church views.
We believe this shared vision for curriculum plays a crucial role in how we address social advantage at Malvern Wells, ensuring we are providing every opportunity for every individual to contribute significantly within our immediate locality, nationally and in the wider world.