''The curriculum is rich and diverse, making a significant contribution towards developing pupils' skills, knowledge and understanding''
- Inspection report - St Nicholas Tolentine Primary, Bristol
In Septmeber 2015 the school implemented the Edison Learming Curriculum. As well as being a vibrant and enriching curriculum (see curriculum statement) it is a dynmaic collaborative project via Edison Learning and the National Association of Headteachers (NAHT) Aspire Project to create Outstanding schools. As a school we can interact with and contribute to a 'learning portal' where curriculum plans can be adopted, adapted or created. This collaborative and explorative nature makes Edison Learning a true partner rather than a mere publisher and I am thrilled that our school can make a small contribution to this national research.
Essentially the Connected Curriculum is a structured framework of Learning Units along with supporting documentation and CPD materials. Core Subject Science and the foundation subjects History, Geography, D&T, Art and Music are connected by theme and mapped to The National Curriculum requirements at KS1 and KS2; the Early Years Foundation Stage Learning Units are aligned to the Development Matters and Early Learning Goals/Early Years Outcomes. Opportunities to explore ICT are shown in the Learning Units and the coding aspect is dealt with via clear links to Rising Stars ‘Switched on Computing’.
Each Learning Unit has one or two focus subjects. The focus subject of a Learning Unit provides the opportunity to ‘get under the skin’ of the skills and deepen understanding of that subject area. For example, with history as a focus subject it gives learners the opportunity to know and understand what it is to be an historian.