Learning Together ♦ Growing Together
The Gilmour curriculum is creative, broad, deep and balanced. Subjects are taught discreetly, developing vocabulary, knowledge and skills. It takes children on a rounded, exciting journey guiding them morally and academically. At the heart of the curriculum are our school values preparing them for lifelong learning and a bright future. Children develop self-confidence, high self esteem and a healthy emotional outlook on life. Our young people understand the importance of respect and British values. We believe there are no limits to what children can achieve. With determination, hard work a positive attitude anything is possible, when we 'learn together we grow together'.
The bespoke Gilmour Curriculum has been designed by Subject Leaders, it ensures there is progression and opportunities to embed key learning, knowledge and skills. When fitting, Subject Leaders have made meaningful links with other subjects in order to deepen children’s understanding. Long term curriculum maps are progressive and outline the key learning in each subject starting the journey in EYFS and moving on into Key Stage One.
Subjects are taught discreetly and incorporate the school’s core values; Appreciation, Resilience, Enjoyment, Well-being, Ambition and Unique. Assemblies and P.S.H.E. lessons across the year incorporate our core values.
We strive for sustained mastery in all subjects, this is achieved by repetitively teaching and revisiting core skills, enabling children to be confident and competent in applying their knowledge and understanding across the curriculum.
Our carefully planned lessons capture children’s attention and imagination and create a sense of awe and wonder. We listen to children’s ideas, assess what they already know about a topic/subject and question what they would like to learn.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, topics and learning opportunities are selected according to the children’s own interests. They build on children’s prior learning, skills and knowledge. Topics are planned to ensure appropriate depth and challenge. Topics begin with provocations that create awe and wonder in order to capture children’s attention and imagination. Communication and language, physical development and personal, social and emotional development is at the heart of all learning.
In Key Stage 1 sufficient time is allocated to each subject to allow for in-depth learning and challenge. Short term plans are produced weekly with intended learning objectives for each lesson, differentiation, engaging activities, key vocabulary and assessment opportunities.
We provide numerous practical hands on experiences, trips out of school, workshops and drama productions, sometimes led by outside professionals. We have an exciting and comprehensive extra-curricular time-table that extends our curriculum provision.