Our Head of School for KS3 has been working with subjects leaders to pull together a map of our curriculum. This idea is to look for links, to plan future links, and, more routinely, keep tabs on what is going on in our students’ learning lives. All too often the detail of the curriculum is not discussed beyond departments and we’re trying to change that; this is where the real action is. The plan presented in his pdf, is the raw rough version before we’ve done anything with it – take a look. It’s just a first draft.
A secondary purpose of the KS3 plan was to map out the units of work that will feature in our termly Excellence Exhibitions – the image above shows Year 7 and 8; the full plan is in the pdf. It looks pretty exciting to me. We’re still discussing how to run these exhibitions; they may need to be Exhibition Weeks which include performance events alongside some static displays. We’ll be trying to maximise the opportunities for students to be present, talking to visitors about their work. One of the issues that’s emerging is the danger that people are introducing inauthentic products simply so they can be exhibited easily – we’ll be discussing this; we need to exhibit authentic products that are produced to a high standard; things that students would normally make/write/produce.
All of this goes in parallel with our Rhetoric Roadmap which is currently being updated for 2016-7.
It’s a work in progress, shared here in that spirit.