The Bailiwick Big Picture Curriculum has been written with a view to preparing the children and young people of our islands for the opportunities and challenges of living in the 21st century.
All children and young people should have the same opportunities and entitlement. We want our young people to grow into healthy, successful adults. They will know about their islands and the big wide world and learn the skills to manage their own lives. This will enable them to gradually understand the world of work.
Children also need to be ready for tests and examinations both at school and in later life. The Big Picture Curriculum helps schools to plan to achieve all of these things.
The curriculum has been written to flow from age 5 to 19. Increased emphasis is placed on meaningful and purposeful learning across subject areas, skills development and personal achievement.
The Big Picture is intended to develop all children as: successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors.
This is in line with the aims of the Children and Young People's Plan
A 'Big Picture' overview of the new curriculum plus a parent information leaflet is available to download from this page.
What will it look like in your child's school?
The Big Picture aims to retain the best of current practice in our schools, whilst seeking to place greater emphasis on important elements required to secure well-rounded learning.
There will be a bigger focus on:
- taking learning outside the classroom
- promoting positive mental health and well-being
- understanding the world of work and and the life skills linked to managing money
- the understanding of other cultures and their languages from a younger age (Year 1)
- whilst recognising that the skills of communication (including reading, writing and speaking and listening), numeracy and digital empowerment play a central role in all that the children do and will be integral to all aspects of learning.
Director of Learning, Performance & Intervention, Nick Hynes, outlined the aims of the new curriculum in a presentation at the Thrive 2020 event.
We are also working with international expert Professor Mick Waters as we develop the detail of our new curriculum. Professor Waters also gave a presentation at the Thrive 2020 event.
Children and young people, teachers and support services from across the Committee for Education, Sport and Culture have been celebrating the launch of the planning for the new curriculum by dancing for joy. Please watch their video.