Horton Venture Curriculum
We are growing the future generation; the future leaders and contributors to our society. Our world is constantly changing and if this is the case, how do we educate children for their future when we have no idea of how it will look?
We considered the skills, knowledge and personal attributes that will not only give our children the best start in their educational journey but will be building the foundations for their whole lives.
In preparation for writing our curriculum we researched; visited other schools; talked with educational advisors; attended conferences and spent many hours as a staff discussing what we think the best curriculum should be.
From this we have developed a curriculum which we think will help children:
- to have a love of learning
- understand how to be healthy – physically and mentally
- to be resilient
- to love a challenge
- to use initiative and imagination
- to enjoy problem solving in a creative way
- attain the academic knowledge and skills ready for the next stage in their education.
Our Venture Curriculum can be summarised as follows:
English: Learn to read and write through using phonics and other decoding methods. Develop understanding of texts through comprehension skills, inference and deduction. Develop a love of reading and writing by being exposed to exciting and inspiring texts and being asked to write for a number of different purposes and audiences.
Maths: Become numerate and be able to reason mathematically, develop problem solving skills and understand shape, space and measures.
Uniquely Me: Learn to be healthy, happy, safe, active and to develop independence
Good Citizen: Learn how to be a good friend, about our local and global community and about different religions.
Problem Solver: Learn about the world of work, how the world works; how to be inventive and how to use equipment.
Creator: Learn about art, music, dance and drama.
World Adventurer: Learn about the past; about different places; about the environment and how to survive.
The Ventures will drive our curriculum and will make learning fun, purposeful and meaningful for the children. They are rooted in real life experiences and will feature tasks such as running a shop, a museum, creating a gallery of art work, opening a pop-up café, setting up a farmers market and designing, building and testing methods of transport. These Ventures will allow children to experience real-life tasks whilst the academic strands of our curriculum will facilitate the learning required. Ventures give children ownership of their own learning and creating an ethos of independence.