Our Lady of Hartley
Statement of Curriculum Intent
‘Whatever you have learnt, or received, or heard from me,
or seen from me – put into practice.
Informed by the teachings of the Gospel, Our Lady of Hartley offers a rich, varied and inspiring curriculum that allows all children to reach their full potential. Community links are built into the curriculum to provide opportunities for broader educational skills that enhance children’s understanding of real life experiences. Our engaging and purposeful curriculum means all learners are nurtured in God’s love.
At Our Lady of Hartley, children learn history, geography, art and design & design and technology by way of a thematic approach delivered through the drama-based principles and techniques known as ‘Mantle of the Expert’.
A thematic approach to learning
At Our Lady of Hartley, children begin to understand the interdependence between the different curriculum subjects. The connections they make through thematic learning help them to understand:
As each child progresses through the school, recurring themes of ‘Transport and Trade’, ‘Invasion’, ‘Communication’ and ‘People who made change happen’ are explored in detail, compared and contrasted in order to deepen their understanding and critical awareness.
Our planning ensures that the importance and relevance of each of the four foundation subjects is maintained. Through the year and in turn, history, geography, art and design and D&T will each feature as the key ‘driver’ and principle focus within a particular Mantle of the Expert commission. Cross-curricular links are then integrated into the learning sequence enabling the children to develop a deep understanding of the interconnections between the subjects and how the learning relates to their own lives.
Whilst immersed within the Mantle ‘story’ and their ‘commission’ as a team of experts, the children remain focussed on the subject-specific knowledge and skills they are learning. This is achieved through the use of clear and precise learning objectives and by ‘stepping’ out of the Mantle ‘story’ in order to refocus on a particular aspect of learning such as a learning objective or a particular skill. In addition, teachers may plan to include discrete teaching of a particular element before ‘stepping’ back into the story in order for the children to apply their newly acquired knowledge or skill.
Using quality resources including Key Stage History and Kapow, teachers plan an inquiry-based journey through the children’s learning. Historical narratives are explored, geographical lines of inquiry are investigated and learning in art and design and D&T is sequenced to ensure that ideas are developed and improved. By including our detailed progression maps for each subject as key element of our planning, we ensure a logical and sequential progression of knowledge and skills across the school.
Curriculum subjects and Mantle of the Expert
For further information about our curriculum please contact J Baker or A Baldock via firstname.lastname@example.org