The Curriculum at Hill West
Our Curriculum Statement
The whole curriculum as approved by our Local Governing Body is concerned with the holistic needs of our individual pupils. It has been designed, developed and refined over many years. It has been a key focus for staff continued professional development whereby the national curriculum has been aligned with a localised curriculum that meets the needs of all our learners. Our curriculum is challenging with the highest aspirations for pupils’ achievement and progress, preparing them for later life. Progressive learning journeys have been devised by the staff for each subject that outline what should be taught and mastered. This curriculum is then delivered through thematic key questions designed to engage and inspire learning and improve the children’s ability to; ask questions, investigate, interrogate information, present and argue whilst developing a range of skills and deep knowledge.
Investment in staff CPD continues to ensure that breadth, balance and challenge is effectively planned for; our curriculum is highly responsive. Teachers and teaching assistants think carefully about the learning experiences they provide for their children and plan to deliver these in a way that captures children’s interests and enthusiasm for learning not just in the moment but beyond the classroom. Our Personal Development and Well-being curriculum underpins all of our teaching by placing significant value on Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural education; Personal, Social, Health and Economic education; Relationships and Sex Education including British Values and identity.
All children make excellent progress across all subjects and this is robustly monitored through pupil progress discussions with Assistant Head Teachers. Our curriculum develops key skills across a range of subjects to enable the highest possible outcomes in core and non-core subjects. As a result of our curriculum our children leave Hill West prepared to contribute fully not only to life in secondary school but to their communities and city. At Hill West we appreciate that we are part of a wider family of schools and are committed to equip children to be happy, talented, confident and ambitious citizens of Birmingham and the world.
Birmingham Curriculum Statement
All children in Birmingham will experience a broad and balanced curriculum enabling them to grow and learn in an environment without prejudice or inequality. 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;
- develop children to take the lead, accepting responsibility for their behaviour, to show initiative and compassion for others, to make a positive difference in their own lives and in the lives of those living and working in their local, national and global communities.
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. Opportunities will be provided for children 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 it’s intrinsic value for enjoyment and self-expression through performing, singing and the playing of instruments
- Experiencing social, moral, spiritual and cultural education which 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.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 29 states that education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures and the environment. We will not allow any attempts to narrow the curriculum, or to deny our children and young people their right to education.