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07/04/20

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Barack Obama

It’s World Health Day, and we owe a profound debt of gratitude to all our medical professionals. They’re still giving their all for us every day, at great risk to themselves, and we can’t thank them enough for their bravery and their service.

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Kensington Palace

Our thoughts are with the Prime Minister and his family, who like so many in the UK and around the world are affected by coronavirus. We wish him a speedy recovery at this difficult time. W

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07/04/20

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The Royal Family

Earlier today The Queen sent a message to Carrie Symonds and to the Johnson family. Her Majesty said they were in her thoughts and that she wished the Prime Minister a full and speedy recovery. https://t.co/Mo1SgAd9wh

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07/04/20

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Angie Greaves

This 🌎, let's take a moment to thank all those on the frontline of our battle against COVID-19 who are risking their lives every day to save us all. Words cannot even begin to express our thanks for your efforts & commitment https://t.co/XJU9nFDGcH

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Lifting Limits

Your son needs a feminist education just as much as your daughter: , author of The Lost Girls, writes in https://t.co/YeCIIQOtX0 We agree! Cc

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07/04/20

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Danny

These doctors have put their pictures on their PPE so that their patients can see who is looking after them, this is such a nice idea ☺️ https://t.co/KyacsOyrr7

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The Royal Family

Today, on , The Queen has sent a message to healthcare professionals across the Commonwealth and around the world, on behalf of The Royal Family. 🌍🏥 https://t.co/AL2N08qnjE

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07/04/20

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Forest Hall School

Well done James, these wallets are exceptional. Mr Moran is extremely proud of you and how you have used your skills while learning at home! Please keep sending your home learning stories in. We will share them all - one per day. https://t.co/sdTiDFC0qr

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07/04/20

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Burnt Mill Academy

A former student has returned to volunteer as a teacher during the Coronavirus shutdown. Daisy Perry left Burnt Mill Academy in 2015. Now, she is volunteering to help run PE lessons for children of key workers at Burnt Mill and neighbouring https://t.co/apBNoNCUrJ https://t.co/vC4azKLleq

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Royal Docks Academy

Young people with profound and multiple learning difficulties are being supported at home by their highly trained teachers. The majority of the 26 students at the Designated Resource Provision at RDA are staying home due to their health conditions. https://t.co/SOCz371Nm3 https://t.co/P2DzvJnm6R

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07/04/20

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Lucia Glynn

Today our Senior Estates and Facilities Manager, is cooking for key worker children attending our holiday provision . He undertook food safety in catering training last week specifically to ensure we could offer every child attending a hot meal. https://t.co/g7wc7MVcxO

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07/04/20

Thank you to our staff who are volunteering to provide childcare for our children who need it during the holidays. Today they made this bright rainbow banner to thank anyone who works for the Thank you also to for hosting us. https://t.co/urBCmiUqKu

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06/04/20

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The Royal Family

‘We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return’ Thank you to everyone who watched The Queen’s broadcast last night. You can read Her Majesty’s address here: https://t.co/1iC3GRm4mU https://t.co/HNtZ0p7ge6

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Claire Pelly

Young or old, everyone should be doing these! https://t.co/WP7oR3SkaH

06/04/20

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03/04/20

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NHS Nightingale London

We’re now asking for all kinds of artwork from your children to brighten up the walls of our hospital. Please share your pictures with and . Find out more: https://t.co/nbwpcN8mKa https://t.co/m5Mm4zXVBf

03/04/20

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This is GENIUS! https://t.co/BnQEsnHcVW

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BBC News (UK)

BBC offers biggest online education push 'in its history' https://t.co/N4qenNUkx8

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03/04/20

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Richard Taylor OBE

If Damilola’s dream to be a Doctor had been realised I’m sure he would now be a hero alongside so many others. This 20th anniversary year was poignant enough already! God bless all NHS staff from cleaners to Doctors & nurses!! We will dedicate our legacy campaign! https://t.co/6dklvkEv1U

03/04/20

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Burnt Mill Performing Arts

now has a YouTube channel so you can stream his musicals for free starting TONIGHT! The Shows Must Go On! https://t.co/X7eZ3QiAJj

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Curriculum

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. Nelson Mandela

The Case for Knowledge

Primary school is not just a place where basic skills are developed. It is where fundamental knowledge and vocabulary should be built up, and that will determine that pupil’s long-term ability to gain further knowledge and vocabulary. Knowledge is necessary for far more than being able to access the English Literature A Level paper. It’s crucial to society and feeling part of it.

Read this extract from A Hope in the Unseen by Ron Suskind:

‘He begins to wander, gazing at titles and authors: Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls, a biography of Theodore Roosevelt, another of Woodrow Wilson. All people from another country. Some of the names sound vaguely familiar. Most draw a blank… He looks to his left. Martin Gilbert’s new biography Churchill, A Life is piled five feet high… Oh god, he thinks. I should know who that is.’

Add to that, Virginia Woolf, Karl Marx and other intellectuals of western culture. Our pupils will not be able to take part in conversations about them if they are cut off from knowledge- a cultural capital- that others may take for granted. The national curriculum is not enough.


 

Principles of the Curriculum

 

Magna Carta’s curriculum:

 

  • Is underpinned by aims, values and purpose. These are the curriculum drivers. 
  • Draws on the knowledge children need.
  • Has a local, national and global dimension.
  • Drives what is taught and what is assessed.
  • Is filled with rich, 1st hand purposeful experiences.
  • Develops the whole person- intellectual, creative, skills, understanding, social, moral, physical and attitudes.
  • Is flexible, responsive to individual needs and interests.
  • Embeds the principle of sustainability.
  • Develops talents to the full.
  • Is broad, balanced and has clear progression in subject knowledge and skills.
  • Is designed and taught by experts.
  • Keeps an eye on the future and needs of future citizens.
  • Encourages the use of environments and expertise beyond the classroom (identify and exploit local resources).
  • Makes meaningful links between areas of knowledge across the curriculum and the major issues of our time.

     

Practicalities of the Curriculum:

 

  • The teaching and learning of core knowledge.
  • Fewer topics studied within curriculum areas.
  • Topics studied in depth.
  • A scheme of work in every subject, in every key stage.
  • Termly assessments in every subject in key stages one and two (to include learning from previous terms and years within the key stage).
  • The teaching and development of thinking skills (embedded within subjects).
  • The teaching of Classics, including Latin from Key Stage 2.
  • The teaching of Religious Education and Theology from Key Stage 1. 
  • The teaching of Biology in Key Stage 1.
  • The teaching of Biology, Chemistry and Physics from Key Stage 2.
  • Subject specialist teaching in PE and Spanish, with a view to subject specialist teaching in Music, Art and Design Technology. 

 

The Curriculum Drivers

 

Our curriculum is driven by:

  • embedding a knowledge of the world;
  • enabling investigation and enquiry;
  • encouraging enterprise and aspiration;
  • affording a local, national and global perspective.

 

What is meant by each curriculum driver?

 

Knowledge of the World

  • ensures pupils have a core knowledge of historical events and figures and the impact they have had on our world;
  • ensures pupils have a core knowledge of classical civilisations and their impact on our world, including references made in literature;
  • equips pupils with a comprehensive knowledge of world geography;  
  • promotes cultural awareness and celebrates diversity;
  • relates learning to real life contexts;
  • develops pupils’ cultural literacy by giving them a secure knowledge of theology and are mindful of the universal questions that have troubled humankind through the ages;
  • explores the impact of important individuals in our world;
  • enables pupils to discover how and why things work;
  • raises environmental awareness;
  • uses technology effectively.

 

Enterprise and Aspiration

  • exposes pupils to a non-exhaustive range of career possibilities;
  • promotes enterprise;
  • teaches pupils to be financially responsible;
  • enables pupils to learn from failed enterprise initiatives.

 

Investigation and Enquiry

  • promotes pupils being inquisitive and questioning;
  • encourages pupils to be resourceful and independent in their learning;
  • provides opportunities for independent thinking and application of skills;
  • develops collaborative learning;
  • provides opportunities for purposeful 1st hand experiences;
  • encourages positive risk taking;
  • equips pupils with the skills they need to manage information;
  • actively requires pupils to persevere and improve through evaluation;
  • nurtures problem solvers.

     

Local, National and Global

  • maximises opportunities for purposeful learning in the outdoors;
  • develops a sense of awe and wonder, adventure and respect for nature;
  • supports parents in teaching pupils to distinguish between right and wrong and to be responsible for their behaviour and respect the laws of England;
  • encourages respect for democracy, public institutions and services in the UK;
  • provides pupils with opportunities to make a difference and contribute positively to the school and wider community;
  • encourages the use of environments and expertise beyond the classroom;
  • encourages harmony by appreciating and respecting pupils’ own and other cultures;
  • inspires pupils to travel the world;
  • examines global and social mobility.

 

Questions to ask of our curriculum

David Didau's  book, Making Kids Cleverer  includes a chapter on deciding what knowledge to teach in a school curriculum. He asks a series of questions. We feel our curriculum stands up to this test.

 

  1. Does it add to children's knowledge of what others in society consider to be valuable?
  2. Does it enable children to take part in discussion or debate that they would otherwise be excluded from?
  3. Does it enable children to critique what others have decided is important or true?
  4. Does it allow children to think beyond the confines of their experiences outside of school?
  5. Does it open up new ways of considering the world?
  6. Does it allow children to better critically evaluate what they have already been taught?
  7. Does it make it easier for children to speak to others about abstract concepts?
  8. Is it rooted in how to perform a task, or in why the task should be performed?
  9. Would this be good enough for my own children?
  10. How do I know this choice is better than an alternative?

 

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