Curriculum Statement November 2018
The aims of the curriculum at Ditchling (St Margaret’s) CE Primary and Nursery school are to provide children with purposeful, creative, active and outdoor learning opportunities which are relevant to, and develop their understanding of, the local, national and global nature of our world. As a church school, our curriculum is underpinned by the Christian belief that God is creative and people reflect God’s character. Therefore, as creative individuals, we should be given the opportunity to express our creativity and uniqueness in all we do.
Children are given opportunities to flourish through engaging in fun, varied, child-centred, and enquiry led learning that responds to their questions and interests, whilst being rigorous and challenging as well as being given the opportunity to develop their knowledge in accordance with National Curriculum age-related expectations. Such a curriculum seeks to open up horizons, giving children a hope for the future that feeds high aspirations for themselves and the communities they live in.
A prerequisite for such learning is that it is well resourced and well planned so giving opportunities for children to learn new, and enhance existing, skills, such as risk-taking, resilience, communication and creativity. This helps to ensure that children’s learning is holistic, supports their health and wellbeing (including giving opportunities for spiritual development), provides times to celebrate strengths, and to live and learn in our community together.