At Camps Hill we believe that to prepare our children for the future we need to teach the ‘National (subject based) Curriculum' alongside our ‘Golden Threads Curriculum' which gives children an opportunity to experience and develop key learning behaviours, life skills and attitudes. Through conducting action research, this curriculum has been developed by staff: personalised for the children, and is flexible according to need.
Learning is delivered by first-hand experiences; ‘WOW’ days, an enriched curriculum and quality teaching enable children to apply their skills and develop their knowledge within a relevant context.
Topics are flexible and are often child-led, whilst skills taught and applied are progressive and build upon existing foundations.
Children are given a voice within the school and have the opportunity to take on roles and responsibilities in our community. Extra-curricular clubs and external trips ensure children have the opportunity to apply the ‘golden threads’ out of the classroom whilst developing cultural capital. The use of the extensive outdoor area enhances children’s learning experience through opportunities such as Forest schools.
Age appropriate key life skills (our silver threads), are taught with a termly focus, in order to equip children with basic skills such as putting someone in the recovery position or sewing on a button.
It is our aim to provide a safe nurturing environment where learners flourish and are valuable citizens of the world.
At Camps Hill, we run two curriculums alongside one another: Our 'Academic Curriculum' where an enquiry-based approach allows us to apply skills first-hand , and our 'Life skills/Value based Curriculum' called our 'Golden and Silver threads'. These threads' underpin the academic curriculum and enable your child to develop the character to succeed not only at Camps Hill, but in life.
At Camps Hill, we have developed our “Golden Threads Curriculum” which runs alongside the National Curriculum. Our 10 Golden Threads are key life skills, and values, that we believe should be developed alongside the academic curriculum, such as emotional intelligence and positive leaving behaviours. Our weekly award assemblies celebrate the children’s achievements in these areas.
Underlying our Golden Threads is our growth-mind set approach; this means we believe we can improve our abilities with practice, effort and persistence. We want our children to understand that it is okay to be stuck, and that some of their best learning occurs when they find things the hardest. Rather than simply praising success we praise effort and persistence. We encourage children to apply their skills to different areas of the curriculum; rather than focus on moving to the ‘next level’, Pupils are familiar with their ‘next step’ learning targets as a way of ensuring maximum opportunity for progress which are displayed in their books and used in marking and feedback.
Our silver threads are taught every half-term in order for our children to develop their independence now and for the future. These are basic life skills that are applicable to the age of the child and encourage independence. They include being able to sew on a badge, tie a bandage or even make a meal.