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Introduction to the Lunar Curriculum

The Lunar Curriculum has been designed by The Three Saint’s Academy Trust. It has been designed to incorporate good practice observed from a range of schools and has been informed by research such as the EEF ‘Teaching and Learning Toolkit’.  Parents, children and staff have been consulted during the design of the curriculum so we can ensure that we have designed a curriculum fit for purpose, designed to stretch and challenge and meet the needs of our pupils.

What is the Lunar Curriculum?

The Lunar Curriculum is a pedagogical approach that builds upon pupils’ interests to inspire learning and make sure it is memorable over-time. This curriculum is underpinned by a set of non-negotiables and teaches both key knowledge and skills progressively. Its focus is almost entirely on pupils knowing and remembering more, building on prior learning so that they leave school ready for secondary education and beyond into their working life. At the heart of the Lunar curriculum is the requirement that pupils have to do something with their learning as well as learn about something, it therefore makes learning active and authentic. Below you will find the aims and principles of the Lunar Curriculum.

Intent: Curriculum Aims

  • Develop Life-skills which promote a love of learning
  • Grow an Understanding of ourselves, each other and the world
  • Nurture curiosity and creativity which feed the imagination and increase knowledge
  • Cultivate Aspiration through motivation and self-belief
  • Instil Resilience, independence and other personal attributes

Implementation: Curriculum Principles

  • In line with Mastery Learning, we will focus on depth before breadth in every subject area so that pupils can attain proficiency and study the curriculum with confidence
  • Progress means Knowing and Remembering powerful, transferrable and carefully sequenced knowledge
  • Teach pupils Personal Learning and Thinking Skills so that they become successful and motivated learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens
  • Cultivate Collaborative Learning so that pupils develop social skills, practise interacting with others and enjoy learning
  • Endorse high-quality Project-Based Learning so that pupils are motivated by real purposes and real audiences and beautiful work is created
  • Promote Feedback which allows pupils time to engage, reflect and review – including peer and self-evaluation so that they are capable of improving their own learning 
  • Ensure that Oracy is at the heart of the curriculum so that our pupils are able to express themselves fluently, grammatically and confidently
  • Develop Social and Emotional Learning so that our pupils are self-aware, foster positive relationships and achieve personal wellbeing
  • Participate in The Arts so that our pupils develop artistically and creatively
  • Provide an Experience-Rich Curriculum so that our pupils can pursue personal interests and talents 
  • Digital Technology is used effectively and creatively so that pupils are digitally fluent and equipped for life in the 21st Century
  • Enable our children to Demonstrate Learning in Different Ways – not always pages in an exercise book but photographs, posters, products, presentations and performances
  • Foster a Growth Mindset in our pupils so that they have the strength of character to persevere

Purpose

The purpose of the Lunar Curriculum is to equip pupils with a set of relevant personal, learning and thinking skills (Personal Development Skills) needed for success in learning and life. The Lunar Curriculum will focus upon the skills below:

  • Independent enquirers
  • Creative thinkers
  • reflective learners
  • Team workers
  • Self-managers
  • Effective participators and communicators

EYFS

At The Three Saints Academy Trust, we believe that by the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage, children should be resilient, self-assured, strong, responsible and independent learners. We aim to help our children to develop into happy and healthy well rounded individuals who possess skills for the ever changing 21st Century, have a thirst for life-long learning and who make a positive contribution to society. 

Our vision is facilitated through:

  • Committed, enthusiastic and reflective practitioners with a breadth of knowledge, skills and understanding.
  • A thorough understanding of the individual child and the diverse ways and rates in which children develop and learn.
  • On-going training for practitioners in order to ensure all children's needs, learning styles and interests are fulfilled.
  • Demonstrating and continuously improving our work with parents, carers and the wider community.
  • Supporting children's development in all areas of learning.
  • Working collaboratively with other professionals within and beyond the setting.
  • Striving to develop secure relationships between children and staff and staff and parents in ways which are positive, sensitive and non-judgmental.
  • Providing a stimulating learning environment which supports and extends learning and enables children to reach their full potential.

You can request more information about our Lunar Curriculum from Mrs McDowell via the school office.