Our Approach to Curriculum
We have a knowledge-based curriculum, structured by traditional subjects, properly sequenced to ensure systematic, thorough teaching for all.
We also offer rich cultural pursuits as essential activities, championing access and involvement in arts and sport. Our school uses a robust collegial approach that promotes sustained improvement.
The curriculum at Wayland Academy is designed with long term learning in mind, students should be able to take what they learn into adulthood and use it to provide them with opportunities to succeed in life. The curriculum takes students beyond what they already know and enables them to be more socially mobile. It ensures that students acquire knowledge that they wouldn’t ordinarily have access to.
Our curriculum is based upon the principle that all students will acquire an understanding of their subjects and gain mastery of a body of subject-specific knowledge that we have defined. This will provide capacity for students to learn even more and develop their understanding.
Our aim is that no matter what a child’s social disadvantage or prior learning, students will be able to access knowledge. An example of this is our work with Accelerated Reader in Year 7 to 9, we are fully aware of the links between reading and accessing the curriculum.
Every student has equal access to the curriculum and their progress is rooted in what we expect them to know at each stage of their education. We see the importance of making the curriculum relevant and meaningful to students, that way it becomes transferable and allows them to build links across subject areas.
Subject-specific vocabulary is emphasised in all lessons. Formative and summative assessment is used to capture student progress throughout the academic year. Gaps in knowledge, skills and depth of understanding are identified, informing future lesson planning, as well as subject-specific curriculum design.
Curriculum Leaders with support from the Trust structure and plan the teaching of their subject as they have the specialist knowledge and expertise.
The curriculum sets out the aims of a programme of education. It also sets out the structure for those aims to be implemented, including the knowledge, skills and understanding to be gained at each stage. It enables the evaluation of pupils’ knowledge and understanding against those expectations.