At Auckland College we have always placed enrichment at the heart of everything we do to ensure that every child develops to their full potential, both academically and personally. We believe that our attainment of high standards of literacy, numeracy and general academic performance is in no small part because our children and young people are happy at school and fully involved in its wider life.
It is important to us therefore that our curriculum continues to develop in ways that not only enhances our formal academic programme but also provides a complete education experience for your child. We continually work to update and improve our curriculum, and from September 2016 your child will benefit from some exciting new developments in the Enhanced Curriculum Programme.
As well as the best of the tried and tested activities from 2014-2015, we have some brand new sports options, and we have also carefully designed a series of projects which will be included in our Enhanced Curriculum Programme. These projects embrace four key ideas. These objectives are to:
- Widen pupils’ intellectual experiences
- Improve independent learning skills
- To inspire learning within pupils
- Offer them the opportunity to study a variety of options of their choice in something they would not have had a chance to study otherwise.
Each project is designed to incorporate the investigation of cross- curricular academic subjects, with keys skills, creativity, and a community approach. The outcome of each project is a display of both the end result, and the work leading up to it.
The purpose of these projects is to nurture a child’s love of investigation along with age appropriate material which will help to encourage qualities such as creativity, entrepreneurship, innovation and team work. It is to enable pupils to make independent decisions based on the knowledge they have acquired; to experiment with and investigate both their and other pupils’ ideas, and to inspire pupils to create new approaches through research.
There will also be the opportunity to take a physical activity choice each term, to allow pupils the chance to explore health and fitness based activities.
There is also a wealth of choice. Pupils will opt for 6 different projects over the course of the year. Some of the courses have two parts, and will develop skills over two half term, although you do not have to commit to both parts. They will have a choice of options each half term, expanding the range of choices available to them.