Balgowan’ s values-based curriculum has the statutory requirements of the national curriculum at its core and it is then further enhanced.
Our main focus is on developing the whole child as we strongly believe that our curriculum should extend beyond the academic, technical and vocational. It has been designed to develop character including resilience, confidence and independence, as well as allowing children to become creative, critical thinkers with a positive outlook. Our curriculum introduces the children to the best that has been thought and said, helping them to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement. It has been designed with clear purpose and intent to prepare students for life in modern Britain by teaching them to be responsible, respectful, active citizens who are tolerant of all and who contribute positively to their community and society as a whole.
Every child is recognised as a unique individual and we celebrate and welcome differences. Teaching is engaging and accessible to all. By building on children’s existing interests, knowledge and skills, our curriculum enables pupils to know more and to be able to do more, year on year. Learning is underpinned by the teaching of knowledge, key vocabulary, concepts and by transferable skills and values. Balgowan children progress by understanding how we can build on their previous knowledge and skills to take on the challenges presented by future lessons. Work produced across the curriculum is of a consistently high standard. We provide enrichment opportunities to engage learning and firmly believe that childhood should be a happy and investigative time of life where there are no limits to curiosity and a real thirst for new experiences and knowledge exists. We use the characters and their pets from the Balgowan ship of values to promote the characteristics of good learning, the Balgowan values and positive attitudes.
We provide children with relevant and purposeful first hand learning opportunities. Experience has shown that this leads to the most effective and memorable learning taking place.
Every child will be safe, happy, stimulated and content. A love of reading will be nurtured and children will be encouraged to reason, to tackle challenges, to persevere and to not be afraid of taking risks or of making mistakes.
Children leave our school with a love of learning. They are academically, socially, morally, spiritually and culturally prepared and are able to demonstrate the skills and attitudes required to contribute positively to life in modern Britain and the wider world beyond.
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