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Our Guerrilla Curriculum Intent and Impact

Wirksworth Juniors’ Guerrilla Curriculum Intention and Implementation

 

As a school we wanted our curriculum to fit the needs of the pupils; developing the values and attributes of our school motto:

 

Creative. Caring.  Curious.  We make every moment count. 

 

We believe our new curriculum for September 2020 does that. It is based on philosophical thinking; posing questions; facilitating a scheme of work where pupils make links across projects, subjects and year groups. Our intention is to ensure the curriculum is deep and immersive, allowing the pupils to achieve a greater depth of learning in a more focused and purposeful way.

Examples of our enquiry questions/projects are:

  • Should we always do as we are told?
  • Does migration always lead to conflict?
  • Is it better to stand out or fit in?
  • Does gender influence art?

Each project leads to an authentic outcome which motivates the children, such as a presentation to a critical audience who are in the real world of work.

Below you can see how the subjects are grouped together.  The children will cover each project area only once throughout the school year and these will be linked through the school values and concepts. The Long-Term Plan at the bottom of the page details when the projects are being led and what the questions are within the year groups 3/4 and 5/6.

 

Discovering and Caring - History

  • Practical communication through: role play; drama; hot seating and using artefacts.
  • Critical thinking.
  • Taking chances building resilience.
  • Expressing opinions about other actions in a sensitive manner.
  • Understanding others views.

Creativity and Imagination – Art, Music and Drama

  • Communication by speaking and listening
  • Courage to stand out and be different (risk-taking)
  • Individuality and independence
  • Appreciation of themselves and others
  • Outdoor space
  • Global
  • Inspiration

Exploration and Curiosity– Geography and DT

  • Understanding others' views 
  • Start with exploring issues.
  • Taking risks and keeping safe.
  • Inquisitive- asking questions.
  • Researching.

 

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

 

Year 3-4

Year A

 

Is there freedom in the arts?

 

Respect

Trust

Choice 

Individuality 

Change

Identity

 

How have natural disasters led to change?

 

Fairness

Togetherness

Consequences

Community

Resilience

Survival

Should we always do as we are told?

 

Aspiration

Perseverance

Conflict

Power  

Democracy

Belief

 

Year 3-4

Year B

 

Are the arts needed in society?

 

Aspiration

Perseverance

Passion

Identity

Democracy

 

Can small actions make a difference?

 

Fairness

Togetherness

Responsibility

Consequences

Sustainability

Value

Does slavery still exist?

 

Respect

Trust

Wealth

Oppression

Equality

Rights

 

Year 5-6

Year A

Does migration always lead to conflict?

Respect

Trust

Rights

Conflict

Survival

Freedom

How might we live in the future?

 

Fairness

Togetherness

Sustainability

Responsibility

Community

Change

Is it better to stand out or fit in?

 

Aspiration

Perseverance

Identity

Passion

Prejudice

Choice

 

 

Year 5-6

Year B

Why have buildings and structures become a significant part of civilization?

 

Aspiration

Perseverance  

Power

Belief

Community

Value

Do we always appreciate what we’ve got?

 

Fairness

Togetherness

Value

Equality

Wealth

 

Does gender influence art?

 

Respect

Trust  

Equality   

Individuality

Rights 

Prejudice

 

** PSHCE, RE, ICT, Science and PSHCE are taught separately; however, the planning is linked through skills taught which have been matched across subjects; explicitly referred to during teaching. **

 

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