All Through Curriculum
Our Curriculum Intent
All pupils leave Ark Victoria with broad and diverse academic knowledge and skills, regardless of starting points. Our curriculum enables pupils to make connections across themes and concepts, building their vocabulary and understanding, across and within subject disciplines. It also develops pupils’ ambition and independence, as well as fostering resilience and kindness. This leads to our pupils becoming respectful, curious citizens with a strong moral purpose.
We will achieve this through the following approaches: Our culture which enables learning and teaching to flourish and the curriculum to be effectively delivered We adopt a warm/strict approach to establish calm, purpose and order. We achieve this through the consistency of expectations, showing care and compassion and using explicit signature strategies to secure positive behaviour.
Curriculum Programmes at Ark Victoria
We follow the National Curriculum at all key stages; all our curriculum programmes are linked to the National Curriculum. We use Ark Complete Curriculum Programmes (CCPs) to capture the subject content, sequence of teaching, assessment, classroom delivery resources and required teacher CPD for the following subjects:
- Maths Mastery, AC+ (All-through)
- Read Write Inc.
- English Mastery, AC+
- Science Mastery, AC+ (All-through)
- Geography Mastery, AC+
- School Music Programme, Ark Schools
These curriculum programmes are used as a starting point for curriculum planning. Our staff use their intellectual preparation and co-planning time to adapt these curricula to ensure they meet the needs of the learners in our context, that there is sufficient rigour and challenge and that adaptations to the curriculum allow all students to access and make progress. Specific adaptations for SEND students are made, to run alongside interventions and where necessary inclass support, so that SEND students are included in the ambitious curriculum aims. EHCPs and pupil passports are used to support curriculum adaptations and staff receive training from the Inclusion team on how to effectively adapt the curriculum.
Assessment Aligned Frameworks (AAFs) are in place for the following subjects:
- Computer Science
Subjects agree on a common subject content, sequence and assessment protocols; Subject Network Leads oversee the network agreed curriculum design. Curricula developed by Ark Victoria staff The following subjects have curricula which have been developed by colleagues at Ark Victoria through consulting specifications, attending CPD and working collaboratively:
- Art and design
- Design Technology
- Business studies (KS4 only)
- Creative I Media (KS4 only)
- History (Primary only)
- Geography (Primary only)
- Computing (Primary only)
- MFL (Primary only)
Our staff use their intellectual preparation and co-planning time to adapt and resource these curricula to ensuring they meet the needs of the learners in our context, that there is sufficient rigour and challenge and that adaptations to the curriculum allow all students to access and make progress.
In addition to the above curricula, there is an alternative pathway for a small number of students identified with special educational needs (this happens on a needs basis and not necessarily every year). These students follow the usual KS3 curriculum and then within the Options process, are able to follow the Prince’s Trust Award to gain important employability and life skills, alongside core GCSEs in English, maths and science, another GCSE option of their choice and functional skills English, entry level science and maths. These students will receive additional support to ensure they access an appropriate pathway post-16. and functional skills English, entry level science and maths. These students will receive additional support to ensure they access an appropriate pathway post-16.
For more information about our curriculum at Ark Victoria, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a meeting with our Curriculum Leads:
Mr F Mitting
Miss H Moody