2017 Curriculum Focus Areas

Special Focus for 2017

In 2017 the school will continue its 2016 focus on personalized learning and writing, but with an additional focus on Multiple Intelligences and critical thinking.

In personalizing learning we aim (staff and children)   …

…  to become productive self-managers of our own learning

…  to make choices that bring the best out of self and others

…  to pursue areas of interest

…  to grow in areas of need

…  to use digital technologies to add value to learning

…  to understand how we / they learn best

…  to apply these understandings in diverse contexts


In writing we will grow our understanding of the deeper features of writing.  We will get opportunities to grow, share and get excited about writing.

In particular, in 2017,  we want to focus on sharing writing in meaningful (authentic) ways, to have rich conversations around writing (and the writing process), and to support our reluctant writers towards writing success and enjoyment.


Multiple Intelligences

Our new focus on Multiple Intelligences will grow our capacity to acknowledge and share the special talents each student (and staff member) brings to school every day.  We will explore what these intelligences are, how they look in practice, how we might celebrate these talents together, and how we can use these talents to grow a healthy sense of self.


Critical Thinking

Additionally, we will focus on how we make sense of information, especially information which is diverse and sometimes contradictory.  We believe, in this age of information, that it is critical to know how to evaluate information for truthfulness, to assemble this information in ways which make sense, and which assist to answer our primary questions in meaningful ways. 


Our 2017 Targets
Although we will gather and analyse data in a wide range of areas in 2017, our writing results will be of special interest to us.  These results will be used to  ..
..  identify strengths and weaknesses
..  set targets
..  monitor progress 
  .. measure the effectiveness of programmes

..  measure engagement and enjoyment.
  Full details on our 2016 curriculum initiatives are  available from Kevin on request.