Our unique context and our educational philosophy have led us to identify the following principles which guide our reflections, planning and delivery of the curriculum at Southcott:
Our curriculum will develop kind people
A curriculum which develops kind people will prepare our children to live fulfilled happy and active lives as part of their community into adulthood. It will enable children to use a range of social skills in different contexts and recognise and cherish people from different ethnic, religious and socio-economic backgrounds.
Our curriculum will be aspirational and future focused
An aspirational curriculum will provide our children with the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to develop into well-rounded, informed individuals. Our curriculum must at least prepare our children for the next phase of their education by ensuring that they have the knowledge and skills, which will set them up for the future. Our children will be inspired to be the artists, engineers, musicians, scientists, linguists, mathematicians, inventors and sportspeople of tomorrow.
Our curriculum will broaden horizons
A curriculum which broadens horizons will expose children to experiences and role models that lift them out of their familiar context and encourage a wider perspective born of encountering new and different situations. Children will know about and appreciate the richness of the world we live in and recognise what opportunities exist for them.
Our curriculum will be inclusive and challenging
An inclusive and challenging curriculum will provide a range of opportunities for all learners regardless of their age or starting points. It will be flexible enough to be accessible and challenging for all. It will enable all our children to gain the knowledge and skills to empower them in their lives and feel a sense of belonging.
Our curriculum will be real, purposeful and relevant
A curriculum which is real, purposeful and relevant will provide authentic and meaningful experiences which will fundamentally be motivating for children. It will deepen and embed learning. It will be sequenced appropriately and children will make links between classroom learning and real life.