At Ponteland High School we believe that the purpose of the curriculum is to gradually build up students’ level of knowledge and understanding across all subject disciplines and then be able to apply this in a thoughtful and considered manner to suit the demands of any given task. The curriculum should excite, enthuse and develop within our students a love of learning that encourages them to pursue their studies away from school.
We have ensured that the curriculum is designed with student learning at the core. Subject leaders have thought carefully about what a young geographer, musician or scientist should know, understand and be able to do at various stages of their school life and used this to plan a curriculum that is progressive and challenging. We are committed to meaningful learning rather than superficial coverage of curriculum content recognising that retention of new material requires regular practice, reinforcement and review.
We focus on ensuring that our teachers have strong subject knowledge to underpin their teaching. We value and emphasise creating positive relationships in classrooms as we believe this enables great teaching to flourish. We are committed to offering a broad and balanced academic curriculum that is accessible to all students across all key stages; this includes a foreign language for the overwhelming majority of students at GCSE.
Our curriculum is designed to specifically develop student’s knowledge, understanding and skills in each subject discipline. We ensure teachers plan lessons and curriculum content with our Great Teaching model in mind so that engagement, challenge and progress are key components and outcomes of learning.