The Paragon© Curriculum combines the rigour of classical education with the relevance required by contemporary society.
Pupils learn about character, ethics, empathy and self-esteem implicitly by studying the world’s great heroes, both canonical and unsung, and by stepping into the shoes of great historical figures, both real and imaginary. Paragon looks to the past to prepare children to become the architects of tomorrow.
It is interdisciplinary in nature and seamlessly weaves in from across all subjects, reflecting the integration of skill sets necessary in today’s multi-tasking world. The Paragon® Curriculum “spirals,” meaning that children are first introduced to concepts and cultures in early years, and then revisit those same topics in greater depth later on, having a context and a foundation for deeper study.
Paragon is divided into eight units of approximately 4-5 weeks. Each unit immerses children in a academy-wide study of the same historical time period, with each year group focused on a unique essential question, geographic location and area of study. The units, begin with questions of self, family and home in the Foundation Stage, spiral in difficulty like concentric rings emanating outward until children are studying the ten elements of culture in Year 4 and the defining characteristics of civilizations in Year 6. Each unit features a cumulative assessment with an assessment rubric, specifying the qualities of an exemplary project or performance. These project descriptions and performance expectations are made explicit to the children at the onset of each unit and the rubrics are shared with parents at conference time.