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A curriculum rooted in the locality of Nanstallon, Bodmin in Cornwall

Nanstallon School is a small school in rural Cornwall. The curriculum is delivered through termly ‘child centred projects’ based on a particular focus. Principally, ‘child-centred’ as a curriculum approach is that which is rooted in themes of both local and global value and motivating for children. It begins with enquiry. There is intellectual curiosity, purpose, relevance, collaboration, new experiences that crucially increases children’s knowledge, skills and understanding; helping children better understand themselves and the complexities of their world.

December 2017: Ofsted identified what the school must do to secure improvement

Improve leadership and management by ensuring that:

  • the quality of subject leaders’ monitoring of the curriculum and pupils’ progress is further improved so that pupils achieve well in writing and mathematics
  • the governing body challenges leaders more rigorously to improve outcomes for pupils, particularly the most able
  • leaders establish a more consistent system for assessing and tracking pupils’ progress.

Eliminate inconsistencies in teaching and raise standards of teaching, learning and assessment so that:

  • teachers plan learning that matches pupils’ skills and knowledge more precisely, particularly for the most able
  • the skills of reasoning and problem-solving in mathematics are taught consistently well across all classes.

An external review of governance should be undertaken in order to assess how this aspect of leadership and management may be improved.

The Long-Term Project:

  1. Cross-curricular projects are IDENTIFIED on a rolling programme;
  2. Cross-curricular themes (project web) are DEVELOPED at the medium term planning stage as subject or book based topics in order for SPEAKING AND LISTENING opportunities to be carefully planned for;
  3. A comprehensive LIFE SKILLS FRAMEWORK enables pupils to access real life and meaningful opportunities that augment the statutory curriculum. The core subject of SCIENCE is planned into each project unit or is taught as discreet project unit with opportunities to ‘work scientifically’;
  4. A whole school approach towards the teaching and learning of BASIC CORE SKILLS and the opportunities to APPLY these across the CURRICULUM to prepare children for the next stage of their education;
  5. Child-centred projects that embrace and integrate the ARTS to develop more complete children who have curious minds and think critically;
  6. Each child-centred project ensures immersive and experiential learning of a wide breadth of skills and knowledge.

The NANSTALLON curriculum will:

  • Ensure rich and varied experiences that prepare children for life;
  • Ensure that the vehicle for curriculum implementation is a child-centred holistic approach that blends IQ, social and QI skills;
  • Develop the characteristics of effective learning beyond the early years foundation stage through to upper key stage 2;
  • Develop life skills to promote social and economic literacy, cultural experience and linguistic skills;
  • Develop a love for reading;
  • Develop deeper number sense and problem solving;
  • Develop more independent and interdependent pupil learning and understanding of national curriculum content.

Early Years and Key Stage 1 Induction Video

Transforming Our Outdoor Learning Provision

Nanstallon Curriculum by Subject

Curriculum Change Project – Learning Journey Case Study 2019 20