Curriculum Intent

We want every pupil to leave The Bulwell Academy with excellent exam results. In order for all to achieve this, we offer a broad and varied curriculum.  We know that every learner can be successful if we find the way to tap into their interests and we believe that every child deserves to choose from a wide range of subjects.

Our intent is that pupils at The Bulwell Academy are able to experience a coherently sequenced curriculum, which builds knowledge year on year and enables all pupils to understand the world around them. The curriculum also enables personal development of pupils through instilling the Academy’s core values of resilience, respect and responsibility.

The Bulwell curriculum will:

  • Be broad and balanced allowing pupils to participate in a wide range of subjects and learning experiences and to experience success beyond their potential
  • Create an aspirational learning culture which inspires students to achieve high
  • Consider the needs of all pupils and be designed with an understanding of how learners learn
  • Ensure our students are fully prepared for their future
  • Provide opportunities for students to explore how to keep themselves safe both in their local community and the wider world
  • Enable our students to develop into successful, active learners who have a thirst for knowledge enjoy learning, make good progress and achieve excellence
  • Confident individuals who can live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
  • Responsible citizens who can make a positive contribution to society

Research considered when designing our curriculum includes:

  • Rosenshine’s Principles of Instruction – to ensure our curriculum is implemented in an effective manner, teachers present new material in small steps and students have opportunities to practice and develop.
  • Cognitive Load Theory – to ensure our curriculum is designed to enable students to progress year on year and is implemented through effective learning strategies (retrieval practice, spaced practice, interleaving, elaboration, dual coding and concrete examples).
  • Adaptive teaching – teacher adapting their lesson to the ever-changing needs of their pupils to ensure there is always progression from prior knowledge.
  • Growth Mindset Theory – pupils experience opportunities to develop their knowledge and understanding with no limit placed on the levels of attainment and progress. Our pupils will grow into resilient learners.

What will my child be learning?

To find out more about what your child will be learning as they progress through the school, please click on the various headings below.