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The Curriculum

As an academy we are able to take the children beyond the constraints of National Curriculum.

We aim to create opportunities that engage children and help them to become active participants in their own education. It is important to us that the children leave us as well developed, rounded citizens who are well disciplined, interested in the wider world and have good basic skills to support them into the next stage of their lives and beyond. This includes an understanding and appreciation of fundamental British values such as democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

We place a strong emphasis on substantive knowledge and understanding across the breadth of the curriculum to ensure our children have the cultural understanding necessary to engage actively within society.

Our curriculum is not set in stone and may be subject to change as we like to capitalise on the children's interests as well as significant local and national events, projects and initiatives as or when they arise. We believe such flexibility will ensure that our children enjoy creative learning opportunities.

We also like to make good use of proximity to the countryside to encourage children to explore the outdoors. At Occold we run a Forest School programme that all children are involved in. The aim is for all pupils to have regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland and other natural environments with trees.

We encourage family members with skills and interests in particular curriculum areas to join us in the classroom to share their expertise.