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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:

N

Now

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.

I

Independent

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

C

Creative

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

E

Enterprise

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

R

Regional

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.