The Olympus Academy Trust Curious Curriculum was designed in conjunction with representatives from all of the schools in the Academy Trust. The group was facilitated by Professor Mick Waters and is an ongoing project that began in 2017. This project has a particular emphasis on the importance of a consistent journey for all learners across the phases of The Olympus Academy Trust.
Olympus believes that a learner’s experience in school should ensure not only the knowledge needed to access academic success, but also the careful development and progression of skills in discrete subject areas. The Olympus Curious Curriculum embeds a concept-driven approach that incorporates both knowledge and skills in an enquiry-led thematic curriculum that is embedded in application and context. A great curriculum will be rooted in its own locality and context and will meet the needs of its own learners, whilst exposing them to the national and global requirements and expectations.
Our Curious Curriculum has been carefully designed to engage learners as active participants in their learning journey. We believe that learners are at their most successful when their imagination is stimulated, their curiosity is heightened and their learning makes links to their lives and the wider world. Our Curious Curriculum is a framework that develops creativity, critical thinking and discovery whilst ensuring a clear focus on the intellectual concept that is being taught and the knowledge needed to understand said concept.
Our Curious Curriculum therefore places immense importance on the many elements that are essential for learners to create a schema and new learning to grow into rich knowledge that can be retrieved, applied, analysed and reflected upon