Curriculum Statement

What do we want a child leaving Dashwood Banbury Academy to have?

Our aim is to equip our children for the next stage in their lives by promoting key characteristics that they must have to adequately prepare them for their future. These key characteristics link with each Aspirations condition and curriculum area to establish a common purpose and thread that allows us to help pupils fulfil their academic, personal and social promise.

The Key Stage Outcomes

As an Academy we have identified key characteristics that we feel our children need to develop in order to face future challenges. In order to provide a coherent curriculum for the children we have linked each characteristic with a condition for learning. There are 8 conditions that establish a framework for our topic based curriculum.

The key stage outcomes set out developmental outcomes for the end of key stage 1 and 2. Each outcome builds upon the previous one and lays the foundation for the demands of key stage 3.

Guiding Principle – Self-Worth

Condition: Belonging  Key characteristic: Considerate
FSU: To understand that own actions affect other people.
KS1: To be able to co-operate, communicate, share and care for others.
KS2: To be able to show empathy for others and to be able to collaborate and effectively communicate in different contexts.

Condition: Heroes  Key characteristic: Respectful
FSU: To show awareness of boundaries and consequences for their behaviour.
KS1: To listen to others and have good manners.
KS2: To be able to value others around you for whom they are and to learn from role models.

Condition: Sense of Accomplishment Key characteristic: Pride
FSU: To describe themselves in positive terms and talk about their abilities.
KS1: To take a pride in their work.
KS2: To take responsibility for their own learning and be purposeful in the pursuit of excellence.

Guiding Principle – Engagement

Condition: Fun & Excitement Key characteristic: Motivation
FSU: To show confidence in speaking to others about their ideas.
KS1: To be interested in their learning, ask questions and be active in lessons.
KS2: To be able to initiate their own learning in order to strive towards an end goal.

Condition: Curiosity & Creativity   Key characteristic: Imaginative
FSU: To think creatively and critically in their learning.
KS1: a lively curiosity about things and have an active imagination.
KS2: To be creative and have an inquiring mind be innovative and enterprising.

Condition: Spirit of Adventure Key characteristic: Bravery
FSU: To be confident to try new things.
KS1: To be able to try new things and keep trying if you find it hard.
KS2: To not be afraid of failure and have the courage to take risks and learn from mistakes.

Guiding Principle – Purpose

Condition: Leadership & Responsibility   Key characteristic: Trustworthy
FSU: To follow the class rules and tell the truth.
KS1: To be able to understand responsibility for actions and what is right.
KS2: To have principles, show what it means to be honourable and dependable.

Condition: Confidence to take action  Key characteristic: Resilience
FSU: To show active learning in their play, trying things over and over until they succeed.
KS1: To be able to have a go at something and not give up if it is hard.
KS2: To believe in their abilities, to be able to adapt to change and recover from problems and challenges.