At Penbridge Schools we want children to be successful learners and develop a lifelong love of learning. We teach the skills they need to be effective learners and the language they need to express how they can become successful across all areas of the curriculum. We use a range of thinking maps, hats and keys to support children to make links between their learning.
We want to make learning irresistible so that all children come to school every day happy and eager to learn. We know that children are naturally inquisitive and we aim to develop this curiosity by providing a curriculum that engages and excites but also provides challenge at the correct level.
At Penbridge Schools, we believe that children learn best when learning is linked in a meaningful way. We aim for every child to achieve their very best by providing them with the opportunities to do this through a rich, challenging, and engaging curriculum.
Our topic-based curriculum is designed to capture children’s interests, excite their imagination, and ensure that everything they learn has a purpose. We encourage our pupils to participate in and personalise their learning by asking them “What do you know already?” and “What would you like to find out?” Learning in safe outdoor spaces is also a regular part of our curriculum.
Each topic ends with an opportunity to express what they have learned through our “Prove It” sessions. This is the stage at which children decide how they will demonstrate and prove their learning. This may be by delivering a presentation to parents, producing a booklet, sharing their learning with another class or year group, or creating an exhibition or gallery for parents to come and see.
We develop metacognition to enable the children to become self-regulated independent learners. Developing metamemory helps them to retrieve knowledge as they move through the school and beyond.