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A NICER curriculum

An all together NICER © learning experience

Our NICER curriculum is built around a series of social enterprise learning challenges. We asked the children to tell us what they want to have experienced by the time they leave our school. They came up with a list of 50 and so we built the NICER curriculum around them. Whether it’s riding on a donkey or stroking a reindeer, designing a castle or making pizza, being a knight for the day or writing your own TV show, the NICER curriculum will ensure that learning RIPs.

Watch a short video to see how our Director of Curriculum Innovation (and ex-RIO consultant) worked with two other local schools as well as Victoria Park Academy on developing an innovative curriculum.

Our NICER curriculum is built around 5 core themes:



Ensuring the voice of the learner is heard through inspirational activities based on children’s interests making links where possible with local and national current affairs and news.



Children as digital lead learners employing a range of sophisticated thinking tools such as learning power, thinking hats, TASC wheels and CoRT 1.



Let RIP learning that captures the imaginations of our children and staff through innovative use of the latest arts and digital technology.



Enabling children to lead and create powerful social enterprises through a series of pioneering project-based learning challenges.



Making learning real and relevant by giving it a local feel and flavour. It’s about leaving a lasting legacy on the whole wide world.