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What is a Curriculum Rationale?

When a school has a rationale for its curriculum, it means that everyone involved with the school can answer the questions ‘What is it we want for these children?’ and ‘What are we going to do to achieve it?’

Why is a Curriculum Rationale necessary?

It is important to ensure that everyone within the school is clear about what they are aiming to achieve through the curriculum, which is the totality of a child’s experiences.

At James Cambell, our priority is in providing our pupils with the aspirations and outcomes that enable them to become successful, inquisitive adults – equipped with a wealth of knowledge, competencies and experiences.  Therefore, we have developed a creative and thematic curriculum, which includes the teaching of subject knowledge and skills as part of a wider topic-based curriculum. Pupils are able to make useful links between areas of learning and consolidate skills while being fully engaged. Our curriculum is progressive, which builds upon and expands previous learning. Curriculum experiences extend and deepen understanding of different topics whilst developing pupils’ cultural capital. Planning ensures that the curriculum is accessible to all, whilst offering challenge and enrichment at every Phase, Stage and age.

If you would like to know more, then please click on the link below to read our curriculum policy.

Curriculum Policy