The curriculum at Thomas Arnold focuses on developing children’s Character, Knowledge of the World and Key Skills.
Through this Character and Academics approach to curriculum design, we express our belief that education is as much about developing young people’s character strengths and virtues as it is about developing their academic ability.
Our curriculum has been carefully designed to:
- provide opportunities for children to develop their character strengths and virtues, particularly our core character virtues of love of learning, perseverance, integrity, fairness, creativity and zest;
- provide opportunities to develop core skills so children develop confident and accomplished skills in English and mathematics as well the ability to think creatively and critically;
- provide opportunities to develop a deep knowledge and understanding of the essential facts about our world through our creative curriculum;
- inculcate a cultural literacy that conveys British values;
- provide enriched experiences that our children may not otherwise enjoy and learn from;
- involve parents and carers at every opportunity;
- extend children’s involvement in the local community and beyond, developing their understanding of local, environmental and global issues through service learning; and,
- provide thorough coverage of the skills, concepts and knowledge set out in the 2014 National Curriculum programmes of study (Years 1 to 6) and the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (Nursery and Reception).