February 2021 Edition

By Luke McKinley

Deputy Principal, Avanti Park School


Curriculum for Life

Assessment Model
In Avanti Park School, we understand that learning is a shared experience and as such our assessment approach reflects this. Assessment within our schools is seen as a cumulative process  done with and not to – involving the learner throughout. We champion the view that assessment at its core informs, ssupports, refines and celebrates the progress of learners as unique individuals on their individual learning journeys.  Our model focuses on the importance of the four strands of assessment: Formative, Diagnostic, Summative and Ipsative. Informed by the work of Mick Waters, Daisy Christodolou, CLT and the Rosenshine Principles. Our model is our attempt to change the narrative on assessment to ensure the focus is on the learning at all times.
Curriculum Model
The curriculum at Avanti Park School is underpinned by the belief that it is our moral obligation to ensure that children leaving our school are well-rounded individuals, prepared for the world they inhabit and equipped to seize and make the most out of every opportunity.  We have strived to create a ‘Curriculum for Life’ wherein our curriculum offer is expansive, knowledge rich and principles driven. We believe that how we deliver the curriculum requires a diverse approach. Through storytelling, play & imagination, enquiry, experiences, creativity, oracy, and dialogue, our children can not only develop the knowledge, skill and understanding they need but also possess the toolkit to assimilate, discern and make sense of new experiences and become global citizens. 
Please also see the link below to the WW2 project clip – this is an example of how children have been inspired to pursue and continue their learning at home. This extract has been created by a child in Year 6 whilst learning about WW2 – using a core text of ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’ and ‘The Silver Donkey’ to accompany their topic-based writing.