CURRICULUM CORE

English

Our teachers aim to develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary as integral aspects of the teaching of every subject. English is both a subject in its own right and the medium for teaching; for pupils, understanding the language provides access to the whole curriculum. 

Our curriculum for English reflects the importance of spoken language in pupils’ development– cognitively, socially and linguistically. We understand that spoken language underpins the development of reading and writing.

Regular literacy targets are set according to the needs of individual pupils. The targets set are carefully chosen to ensure that pupils succeed, therefore developing confidence and a positive attitude to work. During lessons pupils work towards individual or group targets in reading, writing, and speaking and listening whilst experiencing the full range of literature set out in the National Curriculum. Targets are also taken into account during the teaching of other subjects.

Our teachers aim to develop pupils’ reading and writing in all subjects to support their acquisition of knowledge. Pupils are supported to read with increasing fluency, to understand extended prose (both fiction and non-fiction) and be encouraged to read for pleasure. Cedars aims to promote wider reading. We provide targeted reading intervention and set ambitious expectations for reading at in school and at home.

 

Mathematics

At Cedars we see Mathematics as a creative and highly inter-connected discipline. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment.

Cedars mathematics education aims to provide a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

We aim to ensure that all pupils: become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately; reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language; can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication. 

 

Science

At Cedars we understand that a high quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Pupils are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

Pupils are encouraged to describe associated processes and key characteristics in common language, but they should also be familiar with, and use, technical terminology accurately and precisely. They build up an extended specialist vocabulary. They also apply their mathematical knowledge to their understanding of science, including collecting, presenting and analysing data. They are assisted in making their thinking clear, both to themselves and others, and teachers ensure that pupils build secure foundations by using discussion to probe and remedy their misconceptions.

 

Humanities (History & Geography)

At Cedars we believe that quality humanities education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world, its people and history that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.

 

The curriculum equips pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. Teaching aims to equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, historical times, resources and natural and human environments, and of the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. 

 

Modern Foreign Language

For our students learning a foreign language provides an opening to other cultures, it fosters pupils’ curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world. Our teaching is designed so that pupils can express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers.

Achievement in literacy and communication is a key priority for our school and our strategy for languages is designed to promoting a model of language learning which develops generic language learning skills and understanding of how languages work.

The prime aim is to enable our students to speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.  

 

Computing

At Cedars we understand that a high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.

Crucially computing ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.

 

Our curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems and are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology. 

 

Physical Education

Cedars physical education curriculum is designed to inspire all pupils to succeed and excel in sport and other physically-demanding activities. It provides opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. 

Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build confidence, character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect. Our curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils: develop appropriate competence to enjoy a broad range of physical activities; are physically active for sustained periods of time; engage in competitive sports and activities; lead healthy, active lives. 

 

Art and Design: Creative Media

Our art and design curriculum is designed to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.

 

Cedars curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils: produce creative work, explore their ideas and record their experience; become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques; evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design; know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and begin to understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

Design and Technology

At Cedars we aim for design and technology to be an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.

Our curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils: develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world; build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make quality prototypes and products; evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others. 

Performing Arts/Drama

Our performing arts curriculum is designed to engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of performing arts, music and drama, and their talent as performing artists, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.

Our curriculum for performing arts aims to ensure that all pupils: perform, listen to, review and evaluate music and drama across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions; learn to sing and act and to use their voices, to create dramas and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to perform to an audience.

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE), Sex & relationship Education (SRE) and Citizenship

It is vital that our curriculum prepares our pupils for life in modern Britain. We have a critical role to play in helping to shape rounded, resilient young people that can face the challenges of the modern world with confidence. We aim to provide opportunities and encouragement for our pupils to develop a wider set of skills, which are vital for pupils’ success.

Our PSHE curriculum aims to provide our young people with both the knowledge and skills to manage their lives, stay safe, make the right decisions and thrive as individuals and members of society.

It provides children with opportunities to develop skills and qualities such as resilience, leadership, communication, empathy and perseverance. At Cedars we understand that children with higher levels of emotional, behavioural, social and school wellbeing will achieve higher academic attainment.

We focus on developing pupils’ awareness and understanding to be able to explain confidently how to keep themselves healthy and safe in different situations; to make informed choices about matters concerning their well-being; and to have an appropriate understanding of healthy relationships and how to stay safe from abuse and exploitation.

Effective sex and relationship education (SRE) is essential if young people are to make responsible and well informed decisions about their lives. It is not, delivered in isolation. It is firmly rooted within our framework for PSHE. The objective of sex and relationship education (SRE) is to help and support young people through their physical, emotional and moral development. It is about the understanding of the importance of stable and loving relationships, respect and care.

At Cedars we understand that a high-quality citizenship education helps to provide pupils with knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare them to play a full and active part in society. In particular, citizenship education is designed to foster pupils’ keen awareness and understanding of democracy, rights & responsibilities, and how laws are made and upheld.  

 

Religious Education (RE)

At Cedars RE is an imaginative and creative subject; it makes a strong contribution to our pupils’ well-being and social skills. There is an emphasis throughout the school on values and the learning in RE supports and helps develop our ethos. Our curriculum is designed to support children to explore RE in a way that values their powerful life experiences rather than a traditional deficit model based on their limited literacy.

RE requires students to develop an enquiring, critical mind in response to the world around them and the many complex issues they will face as members of our society. 

We want our students to have awareness of, as well as respect and tolerance for, all people and their religions. As we live in a multi-cultural society we feel that our teaching should reflect this along with a strong emphasis on moral teaching and values. 

Contact: 0191 487 4595 / enquiries@cedarstrust.org.uk / Cedars Trust, Ivy Lane, Gateshead, NE9 6QD