Childwall AbbeySchool

welcoming • learning • achieving • enjoying

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Curriculum rationale

A calm, safe and welcoming place in which to work and learn.
A place where everyone supports each other to achieve.
A place we enjoy coming to each day.

C.A.S. curriculum is designed to be broad and balanced. At C.A.S., pupils are challenged to engage with, enjoy and value education and to strive to be independent learners. All C.A.S. pupils access the National Curriculum. This is modified as appropriate. Our goal is to support pupils to be prepared for their personal next steps in life, moving out into the wider world, with the capacity to keep safe, to achieve and to contribute as citizens to the best of their ability.

The curriculum is underpinned by C.A.S. core values of welcoming • learning • achieving • enjoying. Respect for self and others is key. We promote fundamental British Values of Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

C.A.S. recognises the importance of literacy and numeracy development in opening up all other areas of the curriculum.  In addition to timetabled English and Maths lessons, pupils’ oracy, a love of reading and application of practical numeracy skills are encouraged across all subject areas.

The development of personal physical and mental resilience and the ability to co-operate with others within the world of education, at work and in social situations is central to our curriculum. Our whole-school PSHE scheme and Careers programme delivered by Form Staff and our IAG advisor support this.

At C.A.S. we access an extensive outdoor environment, including a horticulture area, outdoor classrooms and exercise areas and wildlife areas surrounding our field. Our school grounds and the parks and woods in our local area are used for active learning and curriculum enrichment by all pupils. These and other off-site experiences promote students’ physical, mental and emotional well-being, confidence and social skills and enhance engagement with learning.

The aim of our curriculum is to ensure our pupils are equipped with the skills and confidence which will allow them to be lifelong learners and prepare them to take their place in the wider world.