Here at St Dominic’s Catholic Primary School we are passionate and committed to providing the children in our care with outstanding learning opportunities we aim to enrich every child’s school experience regardless of background and create an environment where they are encouraged to succeed and be the best they can be. Our curriculum takes into account cultural capital and through it we prepare children with the knowledge and skills for what comes next. We realise the exploration of new skills and experiences helps to nurture resilience, curiosity and creativity. Ultimately, this leads to the growth of new forms of cultural capital that makes a difference in individual mindsets and shapes the future. The intent of our vehicle curriculum initiatives is to help our children experience the awe and wonder of the world in which they live. To give them the skills and knowledge that they need to succeed in their lives to enable them to be ‘anything that they want to be!’ This is so important here at St Dominic’s because what children learn in their years with us we strongly believe will stay with them forever. Ofsted March 2019 agree with us and stated that’ teaching and learning is underpinned by positive experiences for all pupils.’
Every child learns the foundation subjects through curriculum vehicles. A vehicle does not use a national curriculum subject as its starting point. It is the vehicle to drive learning; we always know the desired destination (ie outcome) prior to starting the vehicle.
Vehicles have no national curriculum relationship at all. A teacher may choose 'running a museum' as a vehicle, to emphasise teamwork or another aspect of the school curriculum.
Each vehicle focuses on key values, which is assessed as part of the process:
metacognition and self-regulated learning (yes, we should want children to understand these terms although they can be simplified for KS1)
values (including Gospel values and British Values)
contributions to projects
Vehicles replicate life in the 'real world'. This gives context to the national curriculum. Each vehicle:
- uses an outside client wherever possible, to give the vehicle a purpose. For example, an internal newspaper is not as exciting as one that is made and distributed in the local community.
- includes milestones along the way to maintain enthusiasm, particularly for younger pupils.
- draws on expertise from the community, including specialists, outside visitors and out-of-school visits wherever possible and relevant.
- aligns with the teacher's passions and enthusiasms