The Cedar Federation uses Cornerstones educational platform to help us design, deliver and manage our curriculum.
At Ifield School, pupils use this curriculum to learn in a cross-curricular, integrated and connected way from Year R to Year 11.
There are six themes spread across the year. Pupils who are in mixed-age-group classes have a rolling programme for two or three years to ensure that they experience a wide range of learning, capture a breadth of knowledge and acquire important skills as they progress throughout the school.
In fact, this curriculum helps us to create whole-school progression frameworks (skills and knowledge) in all subjects, including pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and their personal, health and economic development.
This approach complements our other, equally important frameworks, such as career’s education, relationship and sex education, our life skills framework, religious education and of course our plethora of accredited courses.
All are designed to help our pupils achieve our aims and values and prepare them for their lives when they leave school. We want our pupils to have meaningful, rewarding lives where they can benefit from, and contribute towards, being successful members of their community and society as a whole.
Our pupils learn at different rates and in different ways. Teachers make certain that each pupil accesses learning that is most purposeful and relevant to them.
Pupils’ learning is enhanced by memorable experiences. They learn to be resilient, to value themselves and others, to demonstrate respect towards others and others’ ideas, and to respond to high expectations of them and challenge themselves. We want to inspire children to have determination and courage.
Our excellent network of support, between staff, parents and other professionals, enables pupils to succeed. Success is important to every pupil, parent and member of staff and to have that success recognised encourages further achievement.