Empowering our pupils sits at the very heart of our curriculum design. We are passionate that every child who leaves any of our schools does so with a complete sense of self; with an ability to make informed decisions that reflect their own values and beliefs; a knowledge of where they sit in the world and the impact they can have. Curiosity is nurtured at every turn as we recognise that we are preparing our children for a future that will be vastly different to our current reality – a child who understands themselves will be well equipped to make choices that impact positively on themselves, others and their environment.
Building and reflecting our communities is an integral part of our thought process and we look to ensure our pupils recognise where they sit and the impact they can have on a local, national and global scale. Tolerance and an ability to recognise the views of others sit centrally to our curriculum ethos. In teaching children explicitly to articulate their views with respect, we recognise that every small moment and interaction can support them in developing a responsibility for their choices; where this sits with their own values and their impact on the world around them.
Our curriculum seeks to develop ambitious attitude for every pupil to place them in a position whereby their future choices are theirs to make. In considering a clear progression in skills, knowledge and experience, we equip children to be aspirational and the best possible version of themselves.
At Drake’s and Otterton, our intent is for pupils to achieve the highest possible outcomes within each subject through the provision of a curriculum that is broad, balanced and rich in experiential learning. We have developed rolling programs based on the National Curriculum, the EYFS curriculum, Devon and Torbay RE syllabus, PSHE/SRE curriculum and our Five Star Pledge. We have designed our curriculum to enable pupils to flourish and develop character within our school ethos, underpinned by our school values and vision.