Our curriculum is founded on the following key principles
Knowledge – our curriculum is designed for Walthamstow Academy students; it specifies the knowledge that should be taught, provides resources to assist with this and exemplifies successful learning. Our teachers bring this knowledge to life for our students through their passion, pedagogy and practice.
Mastery – all students should achieve a full understanding of the curriculum in each year, and teaching should not move on until this is achieved. We build, scaffold, extend, interleave and spiral our curriculum to ensure that topics are built on, reinforced and revisited over time, resulting in a clear pathway from Year 7 through to Year 11 and beyond to Year 13. We use rigorous examinations, formative in-class assessment and whole class feedback to promote the progress of our students and therefore find the moment when teaching can move on.
Stability – we make occasional adjustments in the light of feedback and experience, but we aim for stability over time, so that teachers can develop expertise, and we constantly build assessments and teaching materials to support our curriculum.
Entitlement, Equality and Inclusion – all students have the right to follow the Walthamstow Academy curriculum; we have a duty to ensure all students learn the whole of it. Our students have equal opportunities to succeed and are clearly represented in and see themselves in the curriculum. The knowledge students are taught champions equality and diversity, and this enriches each student and the whole community.
Education with Character – our whole curriculum experience sparks curiosity and independent thinking and develops character. This is evident in lessons, in PSHE, in our clubs and extra-curricular life. Students reflect on their character and on their education in their Character Journal each week.
For more information, please refer to our Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, and Assessment policy, available here.
If you have any questions about our curriculum or would like to find out more, please contact Jess Capstick, Vice Principal at Jess.Capstick@walthamstow-academy.org