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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?
  • What do the arts tell us about our diverse society?

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; 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.
  • Awareness of the global world.
  • Inspiration

Exploration and Curiosity– Geography and DT

  • Start with exploring issues.
  • Taking risks and keeping safe.
  • Inquisitive- asking questions.
  • Researching.
  • Using the outdoor space.

 

 

 

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

 

Year 3-4

Year A

 

How is there freedom in the arts?

(Art and music)

 

 

achievements

civilization

influence

diversity

respect

trust

How have natural disasters led to change?

(Geography and DT)

 

achievements

civilization

change

sustainability

fairness

togetherness

Should we always do as we are told?

(History)

 

 

achievements

civilization

empire

invasion

aspiration

perseverance

Year 3-4

Year B

 

Why is the purpose of the arts?

(Art and music)

 

 

 

achievements

civilization

influence

diversity

respect

trust

 

How can small actions make a difference?

(Geography and DT)

 

achievements

civilization

change

sustainability

fairness

togetherness

Does slavery still exist?

(History)

 

 

 

achievements

civilization

empire

invasion

aspiration

perseverance

Year 5-6

Year A

Does migration always lead to conflict?

(History)

 

achievements

civilization

empire

invasion

respect

trust

How might we live in the future?

(Geography and DT)

 

achievements

civilization

change

sustainability

fairness

togetherness

What do the arts tell use about our diverse society?

(Art and music)

 

achievements

civilization

influence

diversity

aspiration

perseverance

 

Year 5-6

 

Year B

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

(History)

 

achievements

civilization

empire

invasion

respect

trust

 

Do we always appreciate what we’ve got?

(Geography and DT)

 

 

achievements

civilization

change

sustainability

fairness

togetherness

Is it better to stand out or fit in?

(Art and music)

 

 

 

achievements

civilization

influence

diversity

aspiration

perseverance

 

 

** RE, French, Computing, 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. **

 

If you have any further questions about our new curriculum, please speak to your child's teacher or contact the School Office.

 

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