From our big picture planning and detailed planning, we are conscious of the alternative choices around literary texts, case-studies, places, artists, historical figures and events, areas of science or musical genres that may have been chosen as part of the core content without our Inspire Curriculum. Whilst they do not feature, they remain highly significant to the subjects and topics we teach. For this reason, we provide pupils with structured research tasks that require them to find out about areas of the related curriculum beyond the core.
Key features of our approach to the hinterland:
As we complete subject or topic planning, we maintain a list of the curriculum elements we have chosen not to include - this is the hinterland!
We provide pupils with a structured research homework that requires them to find out about areas of the related curriculum beyond the core. This could include providing an additional case study example about geographical features or cities, poems they find interesting, historical events in other countries, life stories of scientists, examples of artists, authors and musicians and their work within/across genres.
We make time to regularly touch base with the research homework that has been set by sharing findings in class to bring the richness of the hinterland into play.
Our mindset recognises the value of adding depth to learning by telling stories, responding to events and sharing ideas as they come up.
A rich range of hinterland references tells our pupils that there is so much out there to learn about, adding curricular depth and breadth to the current focus or highlighting a possibility to explore in the future!