Our Penpol Curriculum
Knowledge Informed; Skills Rich
Penpol pupils are curious, creative and courageous learners. Our school community believes in authenticity as the foundations of deep-rooted learning. Through our rich and relevant curriculum, we nurture community-minded, forward-facing international citizens of the future.
The world in which we live is changing rapidly; we cannot begin to predict the nature of roles and lifestyles our pupils will enjoy in the future. We can be certain, however, that a broad range of skills and dispositions will be required, alongside a well-connected bank of knowledge, in order for them to thrive.
We know our amazing pupils well and are clear about our contextual challenges:
- The least confident pupils joining us at Penpol often need to improve the depth and range of their vocabulary in order to access the academic world.
- With 95.7% of Cornish residents identifying as either White British or White Cornish, our pupils could face challenges in appreciating the cultural diversity that Britain and the wider world have to offer.
We are highly ambitious for each and every child in our school. We aim to unlock the academic code for all by supporting each pupil to develop a broad, rich and versatile vocabulary. Further, we aim to instil in each of our pupils an unshakeable belief in themselves and their potential for continued growth.
We meet this brief with a curriculum which is meaningfully joined-up and rooted in real-life experiences. We support children to actively engage in their local communities whilst also developing an international mindset and making new friends around the world. Learning is enquiry-led, allowing students’ curiosity to thrive, and we strive to harness the power of the outdoors wherever possible.
Progression in each area is planned with precision and pupils are both scaffolded and challenged appropriately throughout their individual learning journey. Reading and writing are intertwined throughout all that we do and we take a mastery approach to the teaching of mathematics.
We are determined to develop responsible and socially minded citizens. Our Penpol Values of Respect, Honesty, Friendship, Creativity, Resilience and Integrity underpin all that we do and are explored in detail in our assemblies and across the curriculum.
Curriculum design is something that never stands still at Penpol. In a rapidly changing world, we continue to evaluate and develop what we teach and how it is delivered, instilling in our pupils a lifelong love for challenge and, consequently, for learning. Please see our most recent School Development Plan to learn more about how we are shaping a 21st Century learning experience.
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We are constantly updating our long term curriculum overview to reflect any current world news or technological developments.
The curriculum will be developed to ensure it is being delivered using metacognition strategies to help embed learning through the 7 step model for teaching and learning.