Sunday, May 2, 2010

Curriculum tools and resources

Curriculum aims

Successful learners who

  • have the essential learning skills of literacy, numeracy and information and communication technology
  • are creative, resourceful and able to identify and solve problems
  • have enquiring minds and think for themselves to process information, reason, question and evaluate
  • communicate well in a range of ways
  • understand how they learn and learn from their mistakes
  • are able to learn independently and with others
  • know about big ideas and events that shape our world
  • enjoy learning and are motivated to achieve the best they can now and in the future.

Confident individuals who

  • have a sense of self-worth and personal identity
  • relate well to others and form good relationships
  • are self-aware and deal well with their emotions
  • have secure values and beliefs, and have principles to distinguish right from wrong
  • become increasingly independent, are able to take the initiative and organise themselves
  • make healthy lifestyle choices
  • are physically competent and confident
  • take managed risks and stay safe
  • recognise their talents and have ambitions
  • are willing to try new things and make the most of opportunities
  • are open to the excitement and inspiration offered by the natural world and human achievements.

Responsible citizens who

  • are well prepared for life and work
  • are enterprising
  • are able to work cooperatively with others
  • respect others and act with integrity
  • understand their own and others' cultures and traditions, within the context of British heritage, and have a strong sense of their own place in the world
  • appreciate the benefits of diversity
  • challenge injustice, are committed to human rights and strive to live peaceably with others
  • sustain and improve the environment, locally and globally
  • take account of the needs of present and future generations in the choices they make
  • can change things for the better.

The curriculum design process

The curriculum design process below addresses three questions: what are you trying to achieve? how will you organise learning? how will you know when you are achieving your aims? This web design tool focuses on the first two questions. The third is integral to the whole process. The curriculum design process is based on seven steps, tried and tested in schools, that will help you transform your curriculum and ensure your changes have an impact on children’s lives, achievements and prospects.
Before you start designing, it’s important to look at the first question as a school and:
  • identify your school-wide priorities
  • record your starting points
  • set clear goals.
Seven step process

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  • What are you trying to achieve?

    1. Identify your priorities
    2. Record your starting point
    3. Set clear goals

  • How will you organise learning?

    1. Design and implement

  • How will you know when you are achieving your aims?

    1. Review progress
    2. Evaluate and record the impact
    3. Maintain, change or move on

What are you trying to achieve?

Before you start you need to have an end point in mind – what success might look like for your children and your school. This will help you identify school-wide learning priorities. This process is not linear: you’ll need to review and refine your thinking to reflect the learning in your school.

How will you organise learning?

Your understanding of how children learn will help you shape and blend the content of the curriculum into high-quality learning experiences. Think about everything that makes up your school curriculum – the events, routines, lessons, out-of-hours activities and environment.

How will you know when you are achieving your aims?

It’s important to take stock and assess the progress your children are making towards the goals you set. Evaluating the impact of your curriculum design on their learning will inform your thinking and shape your planning.