In its broadest sense, the curriculum is everything the school intends. It includes, therefore, all the myriad activities beyond classroom work, at lunchtimes and after school, at weekends and in the holidays, which dedicated teaching staff organize.
In articulating our aims of balance and breadth in a child's curriculum, we would refer to the domains of experience that reflect the many facets of human personality and interest. We are here to educate, not just to train for jobs. Important though the latter is, ours is a much bigger task.
Such an analysis reflects the diversity of need for each pupil, which it is our business, collectively, to address.
- We identify that all humanity expresses thought in language, creating cultures and rootedness: - we must refine and create insights through the study of English and other languages.
- It has created a world of numbers: - we must inspire pupils with its intellectual challenge.
- It wants to understand the world, to investigate its properties: - we must present the wonder of the natural and man-made world and guide them through its complex patterns and social settlements.
- It needs to know where we are in our society and we cannot understand that without knowing where our society has come from.
- It values the blessing of good health: - we encourage exercise, playing games and developing physical skill, a healthy spirit of competition.
- It is artistic and creative: - we must develop talent and an aesthetic sense.
- It has a sense of morality, of right and wrong behaviour: - we must set out principles of ethics and encourage their practice.
- There is an awareness of something that transcends the bounds of our physical lives: - as a Woodard school, we show that the path of faith, and its challenge to all, underpins our work and commitment to each other.
Only after reflecting on the unique significance of such areas of experience and our respective professional contributions to them, can we put together the bodies of knowledge that will extend such a rich potential to our pupils in a broad and balanced provision.