At the heart of the Darrick Wood School curriculum is the National Curriculum. This is designed to enable all students to respond positively to the opportunities and challenges of the rapidly changing world in which they live. Students should leave school having become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.
The National Curriculum establishes a coherent framework to promote study, building on previous learning and becoming more demanding as students move through the School. In addition, the curriculum is focused on developing an awareness of equality, diversity and inclusion. It aims to teach students skills for lifelong learning, referred to as the Darrick Wood School Life Learning Skills. These skills include: Knowledge Acquisition; Resilience; Inquiry; Open-mindedness; Communication; Reflection; Risk taking; Thinking; and, Initiative. These are taught in stages throughout Key Stage 3, and then holistically in Key Stage 4 and 5. The principles of the curriculum at Darrick Wood School are taught through the Darrick Wood School Vision for Learning, with five main pillars of focus for supporting learning: Progress, Challenge, Relationships, Engagement and Ownership.
The overall intent of the curriculum at Darrick Wood School is to engage and inspire students through an extensive range of relevant, challenging and thought-provoking learning opportunities. We deliver a rigorous academic education, underpinned by our core values, which ensures our students develop a deep understanding and knowledge of a rich, broad and balanced curriculum. We believe passionately in learning beyond the classroom and provide a wealth of experiences and opportunities that enhance students’ learning and their understanding of the wider world.
Aims of the curriculum at Darrick Wood School are to:
In achieving these aims the curriculum should provide appropriate challenges for all students in ways which satisfy the diversity of their needs (including those in the Deaf Centre, those in Support and Highly Achieving Students), so that opportunities for their inclusion in mainstream lessons are maximised.
Darrick Wood School
Kent, BR6 8ER