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At The Coombes we have core principles of teaching and learning which drive our curriculum intent: 

  • We ensure that our curriculum design places rich subject-specific knowledge at the heart of all learning. We organise our curriculum to enable children to go deeper with their learning, to make connections and have a strong understanding of each subject; 

  • We see oracy and the explicit teaching of vocabulary as vital components of our curriculum as we believe they have a profound impact on learning and on the personal growth of an individual 

  • We believe understanding is built through collaboration between teacher and pupil and among pupils and that high quality dialogue is central to learning; 

  • We aim high and value excellence. We take time to recognise and celebrate success, praise effort and nurture perseverance; 

  • We plan our curriculum so that it responds to findings from pupil feedback and school data to ensure it is tilted to the needs of each cohort; 

  • We guide learning through an instructional framework with concrete models that demonstrate excellence; 

  • We use questions to deepen understanding and we see mistakes as central to the learning process so we encourage resilience and a love of learning; 

  • We strive to make learning activities enriching and real; 

  • We have a core commitment to equality of opportunity