Curriculum

Curriculum Vision

Intent

At Sir Jonathan North our simple aim is to ‘create good people’. In order to do this we need a curriculum that provides both academic excellence and holistic development. Our core values of resilience, respect, reflectiveness and resourcefulness underpin everything that we do.

We want our students to:

S Be successful both academically and personally
J Experience a five year journey through the College which is enjoyable and memorable
N Be nurtured as they develop
C Be challenged, both in and outside the classroom.

We intend to do this by ensuring students experience a broad, balanced and challenging curriculum so that they build up a rich body of knowledge over time. Our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and we systematically plan opportunities for the acquisition of cultural capital in order to broaden horizons. We will take every opportunity to develop students’ literacy and numeracy in order to best prepare them for working life. We will build their character through a well-planned pastoral curriculum and take every opportunity to develop their cultural, social, moral understanding to ensure students are fully prepared for life in modern Britain and are able to make a positive contribution to society.

 

Implementation

The five year curriculum is carefully designed and implemented in such a way that it enables pupils to build their knowledge, understanding and skills in a systematic and progressive way. Cognitive science principles are used as teachers plan learning that allows students to embed and recall knowledge through techniques such as interleaving of topics and spaced practice. There are high levels of challenge built into lessons, together with targeted support, in order to ensure all learners can make excellent progress from their starting points. Teachers provide a wide range of varied activities that enable students to work interactively and collaboratively.

We develop the ‘whole child’ through a carefully constructed pastoral curriculum which sits alongside the academic curriculum. An extensive enrichment programme supports the development of well-rounded global citizens as students are encouraged to take part in a wide range of sporting, cultural, charitable and leadership opportunities.

 

Impact

The aim of our curriculum is to create students who are:

  • Successful, strong, independent and adaptable learners who enjoy learning, make excellent progress and fulfil their holistic potential
  • Confident individuals who are able to live safe and healthy lives and embrace challenges
  • Responsible citizens equipped with cultural capital who can make a positive contribution to society
  • Given the opportunity to develop character strengths embodied in our values of resilience, respect, reflectiveness and resourcefulness.