All Aurora schools have a broad, balanced and engaging curriculum. We believe that our children develop well when immersed in rich experiences, hands-on learning and high-quality vocabulary. We aim to prepare our children to be literate, numerate and knowledgeable about the world in which they live. Our children should be well prepared for the rigours of secondary education and be prepared to become life-long learners.
Our schools ensure that from the start of education in Early Years, learning should be experiential, drawing learners in to be challenged and ask questions. We believe strongly that: the arts support learning across the curriculum; that PE and sport are an essential part of a healthy lifestyle and; Science gives understanding to the world in which we live.
All Aurora children are taught tolerance and understanding of other cultures and faiths and they will experience festivals and rites of passage from across the multi-faith and global society in which we live. Coupled with these global experiences, our children learn about their local communities, what it means to be British, how to keep themselves safe and how to live as a good citizen in the 21st century.
We believe that subject specialism is key to enhancing learning across the curriculum and employ peripatetic staff to deliver music, dance and PE where necessary. Specialist staff work willingly across our schools. As a result, we use and develop learners’ skills in many areas by drawing upon the expertise and subject knowledge of our specialist and secondary staff to develop our primary curriculum.
Central to learning at Aurora schools is our Paragon curriculum. This is a humanities-based curriculum studied regularly throughout the week from Reception onwards. It helps children discover different parts of the globe at different times in history. The keys to Paragon learning are the deep questions that children are taught to answer, such as, “Why does a culture flow from a river?”, “Why Do People Create Art?”, “Who Am I?” or “How Can You Tell What A Civilisation Valued When The Civilisation No Longer Exists?” Our children, parents and staff love Paragon – it is a hands-on spiral curriculum that has a global and citizenship dimension and it has received very positive reviews from educators and Ofsted inspectors alike.
Once a year in July all of Aurora’s academies get together to produce the 'Paragon Spectacular', a huge performance usually held at a Sussex theatre. These events have been truly magnificent with a cast of our 400 children and an audience of over 1000!