The Benfield Curriculum

The Benfield curriculum considers three key aspects:

  • Intent
  • Implementation
  • Impact

 

Intent

 

Benfield School aims to offer a broad and balanced curriculum that prepares pupils to ensure that each one of them goes out into the globally competitive world after leaving Year 11 or Year 13 with the skills, attributes and behaviours for twenty-first century living and the demands of life in Britain today and in the future.  This takes place through activities which take place both within and outside the classroom.

 

Here at Benfield School we give careful consideration to provide a curriculum model which best meets the needs and characteristics of the Benfield and NEAT learner:

 

  • Resilient
  • Respectful
  • Resourceful
  • Effective Communicator
  • Aspirational
  • Awareness of Inclusivity (Benfield ARP)

 

What do we want our learners to experience in our care?

 

  • Real life experiences
  • Broadened horizons
  • The use of ‘hooks’ to engage students
  • Relevance
  • Provides links to prior learning and to later life

 

This Benfield and NEAT approach is designed to address factors linked to social deprivation, raise aspirations and increase social mobility whilst being effectively underpinned through the promotion of British Values.

 

Here at Benfield we endeavour to ensure that our curriculum is of the highest quality through:

 

  • Placing focus on subject disciplines even when topics are taught
  • Considering depth and breadth of curriculum content
  • Seeing the curriculum as the progression model
  • Ensuring that Key Stage 3 schemes of work are informed by what is happening in Key Stage 2, so that we are in apposition to be able to accelerate progress in Year 7 and capitalise on gains made in primary school
  • Getting the building blocks right with progressive schemes of work compromising well-thought-through sequencing of ideas and planned interweaving of topics to ensure pupils feel confident and have built up the skills, knowledge and understanding required for Key Stage 4.
  • Having a clear purpose for assessment
  • Reviewing and evaluating curriculum design
  • Clear curriculum leadership and ownership
  • Considering local context and filling gaps from pupil backgrounds

 

Here at Benfield we aim to balance the learning, retention and retrieval of knowledge required to achieve examination success with the acquisition of skills and the development of every individual, tailored upon their own needs. This is supported by a robust approach to numeracy, STEM oracy and literacy across the curriculum.