The Bower Curriculum has been designed to ensure that it focuses on every child and young person, their strengths and their needs. There are three pathways which allow a range of teaching styles and strategies to meet individual needs of our children and young people. The pathways are:
Experiential Learners - learners who learn through experiencing the world around them, where skills are delivered in a sensory and physical way.
Exploratory Learners - learners who learn through exploring the world around them, where skills, concepts and essential knowledge is delivered in a highly structured, sensory and physical way.
Investigative Learners - learners who learn through investigating the world around them, where skills, concepts and knowledge are delivered in a more formal learning environment and manner.
The Bower Curriculum is built on key concepts which run through the curriculum from the Early Years to Key Stage 4. Key concepts are the 'big ideas' that shape children and young people's thinking within each subject.
The same key concepts will be explored across each phase and children and young people will gradually increase their understanding of them.
Breadth provides the context for exploring the key concepts, it has 2 roles:
KNOWLEDGE - concepts need knowledge to make sense. Knowledge provides context, a hook to draw children and young people into learning, it is a way of teaching skills, vocabulary and facts.
TRANSFERENCE- Children and young people's understanding is often context bound and they find it very difficult to transfer the concept to another situation. By providing breadth of contexts, children and young people will learn how to transfer the elements of the key concepts.
The Bower Curriculum is designed to give children and young people the opportunity to revisit key concepts throughout each key stage in different contexts which allows for mastery over time.