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The Big Ideas Curriculum

The Big Ideas Curriculum

Our core and foundation curriculum will be taught through ‘Big Idea’ curriculum units. The ’Big Idea’ is the values based element of a unit that allows children to explore and articulate their thoughts and feelings about abstract concepts such as ‘Courage’ or ‘Responsibility.’ The ‘Big Idea’ is chosen and taught throughout the whole academy through differentiated ‘driving questions.’  We have seven 'Big Ideas' at Badsey; agreeing on a new 'Big Idea' each term from:

Fairness, Responsibility, Power, Wonder, Courage, Perseverance or Respect

It is essential when we map out our three 'Big Ideas' over the course of an academic year that we focus on building knowledge and not picking three stand-alone concepts.  So, for example, we might cover a term on 'Wonder' during which we could look at some of the Natural Wonders of the World... ...which could be followed by a term on 'Responsibility' during which we could learn about who is responsible for looking after the Natural Wonders of the World... ...which could be followed by a term on 'Power' during which we could learn about who has the authority to decide / define the Natural Wonders of the World.

National Curriculum subject skills (think Geography, History, Art, Music, Design etc.) are then woven together to allow for a clear progression of skills which are taught against a back drop of exciting and motivating contexts chosen by year groups. These can be subject based (for example ‘The Rise and Fall of Ancient Civilizations’) or context based (such as ‘People who Changed the World’).

Big ideas and themes will be chosen by teaching staff, however children always get a say on the 'backdrop'.  Learning within the 'Big Idea' is also heavily influenced by the local community as well as what is happening at that time nationally or internationally.

Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Education is an integral part of this part of this approach.  Children will develop their sense of social justice and moral responsibility; and begin to understand that their own choices and behaviour can affect local, national or global issues.