Overview and Intent
The Curriculum intent at King Harold Academy is underpinned by our core values of Challenge, Support and Inspire. The rationale behind the Curriculum is that it is our belief that students should be versed in the “The best which has been thought and said” along with understanding the modern, changing world in which we live. In essence students are taught to thinking logically, critically and morally within a framework of subject disciplines. For us Curriculum is Pedagogy; the essence of effective teaching and learning is how effectively we design series of lessons to enable students to fully understand what is being taught.
Across each year and each subject we challenge students to “think hard”, challenge their own beliefs and ideas which they hold about themselves and the world around them. It is our belief that students should be exposed to, and well versed in the “The best which has been thought and said” along with understanding the modern, changing world in which we live. Therefore, all students study a programme of study at Key Stage 3 which covers the foundations of; English, Maths, Science, Computer Science, History, Geography, Religious Studies, Art, Technology, Music, Drama, Dance, French, German and Physical Education. At Key Stage 4 all of these are studied further with the addition of; Sociology, Animal Care, Food Technology, Business Studies, imedia, Food and Nutrition, Health and Fitness and Child Care. In each year students also study a comprehensive programme of Personal Social and Health Education ensuring they are fully equipped to make informed decisions about their lives.
Subject curricula are planned in the knowledge that students develop their understanding by learning the basics of a subject and then once these are mastered students can be challenged to grapple with the big questions of a subject and apply their knowledge. Sequences of lessons are constructed so that students working memory is not overloaded yet at the same time students are required to consider their learning and are supported in gaining skills of meta-cognition and self-regulation. There are plenty of opportunities for students to go over learnt material in order to fully embed knowledge in long term memory. It is our belief that student learning is supported by well-planned series of lessons which “interrupt the forgetting” of learnt material by reviewing past knowledge in order to build new knowledge.
Students live and breathe the daily life of school; they are inspired by our curriculum because while academically rigorous it is planned and delivered in an inspiring way. One of our beliefs is that “learning is not a spectator sport” we require students to “think hard” and inspire them to do so by teaching methods that foster independent learning. In addition, we give students a range of opportunities to engage and participate in activities outside of normal lessons. Trips to Universities, sixth forms, along with work experience, and excursions abroad help students to engage in the wider world beyond the school gates.