We offer a broad, balanced and stimulating curriculum which engages pupils and challenges their learning. We try to make the curriculum as fun and exciting as possible, making sure that we cover the key areas thoroughly so that our children have the best start in life. As an academy we have chosen to implement the New National Curriculum in full.
As a primary academy with a nursery, we educate children aged from 3 to 11 covering the Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. We also have Parent and Toddler sessions in our Community Room.
Phonic and Reading schemes
Early reading is taught using synthetic phonics as the main approach to reading. Pupils are systematically taught the phonemes (sound), how to blend the sounds through the words for reading, and how to segment the sounds in order to write words. They are taught to use their phonic skills and knowledge as their first approach to reading, but they are also taught high frequency and tricky words to help their fluency.
Read, Write Inc books are also given to those participating in the RWI programme. These are targeted to support, consolidate as well as challenge their decoding and comprehension skills.
The school follows the Read Write Inc programme which focuses on decoding and blending skills alongside the more complex comprehension skills needed as our children get older. In October 2015 we have been awarded a training accreditation badge to recognise that we:
· Raise standards in reading and writing for our children.
· All staff are expertly trained to deliver the programme.
· We have regular audits to ensure we are continuing to deliver and develop our provision.
· We have reading leaders to ensure we maintain our high standards.
Early reading books are colour banded so that each book your child reads is at the right reading level for them. We positively encourage pupils to develop a love of reading and encourage them to read a wide range of reading material for enjoyment.
We have recently developed our Learning Hub, designed to combine access to our library, computing and construction for children to experience learning in a more engaging environment. Integral are our Reading Dens where children can take books or tablets to read in a quite setting.
Foundation Stage: nursery (3-4 year olds) & reception class (4-5 year olds)
The Foundation Stage makes a crucial contribution to children’s early development and learning. We provide children with a rich variety of teaching and learning experiences that are appropriate to their needs. The Foundation Stage is about developing key learning skills; as listening, speaking, concentrating, independence and learning to work and co-operate with others.
The outdoor environment is also a special part of the Foundation Stage curriculum. As such it is carefully planned for and available each day. The reception and nursery have their own specially equipped outdoor area which is planned for and in continuous use.
Key Stage 1: years 1 and 2 (ages 5-7) & years 3 to 6 (ages 7-11)
The core curriculum at Key Stages 1 and 2 comprises of:
Information Communication Technology (ICT)
Children also study Science, Art, History, Geography, Technology, Music, PE & PHSCE as part of the National Curriculum. As a foreign language the children learn French in KS2; we also have an after school Arabic club.
Non-denominational Religious Education is provide for all children as part of the curriculum and is in accordance with the Locally Agreed Religious Education syllabus. Assemblies are an important part of the school day when we meet together as a community. It is a time when we place emphasis on the development of values and attitudes towards each other and the world around us. Assemblies within the academy are non-denominational but are routed in the Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural curriculum and our shared core values of commitment, enjoyment and teamwork.
Citizenship and Human Values
We use our core values of Commitment, Enjoyment and Teamwork to promote citizenship and the curriculum British Values across the academy. Pupils are encouraged to consider the following:
Democracy – voting in whole school and class elections for School Councillors and which charity to donate to from their Enterprise profits. School Council are Involved in staff interview processes. They also have a budget to spend on the environment. Choosing from the Pastoral reward chart scheme or saving up for larger rewards is popular
Individual Liberty – promoting the language of choice and taking responsibility. Pupils are empowered to choose safely through PHSE and e-safety. Year 6 are given positions of responsibility. Each class has a VIP of the week – ‘very independent person’.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance – Respecting all cultures, communities and faiths both in lessons, assemblies and the range of educational visits and visitors is a key focus. Anti-bullying T-shirts and pastoral support are used to challenge discrimination of any nature. Circle of Friends and Playground Buddies foster good relationships.
Rule of Law – our core values underpin all our choices including behaviour for learning. Each class writes their own Mission Statement which children and adults sign to be displayed on the classroom door. Parents are engaged to support behaviour choices with our trained staff delivering Family Links on site.
Sex and Relationships Education
The new National Curriculum reflects the important aspects of keeping healthy, growing up and keeping safe in an age-appropriate learning context.
In Year 5/6 the Governors agreed a policy of sex education, taken as a programme covering body growth and change. The teaching of this is undertaken in single sex groups by the school nurse for the girls and a male health visitor for the boys, supported by class teachers. Materials used are provided by the health authority.
Parents have the right to withdraw their child from Religious education and sex and relationship education. This request should be made in writing to the principal who may ask to meet parents to discuss their concerns.
It is important that our children learn about the world beyond their own experiences to develop both an understanding and tolerance of others and the skills to grow into responsible citizens who are able to contribute to the wider world.
All of our classes are named after different countries and the children take great pride in learning about the culture, geography and history of their country. This knowledge is then used in our termly Enterprise events where the children design, cost and produce a wide variety of products to generate a profit. At the end of the year, classes can spend, save or donate to charity their profits... or on occasions work out why they made a loss.
More detail about the curriculum over the year
You can find more detail about what your child is learning over the year by clicking on the links to topic webs and long term plans for their year group.
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From the time that your child joins our academy we hope to work in close partnership with parents and carers.
Your child’s teachers will provide homework on a weekly basis in a range of subjects. There is an expectation that parents will actively support their children in completing the homework then help their child to return it to school at the correct time. The teachers will give guidance to children about what to do for homework and when to bring it back to school. Parents are always welcome to ask for guidance on how to support their child at home.
Your child’s cloakroom displays will also give information about what is happening in class and this information can be used to develop home learning by visiting the local library to borrow books or search on the internet.
We have purchased software to support learning that is available for children to use at home. This can be accessed via the Learning button on the website home page. Please ask at the office if you need a password reminder.
The National Curriculum documentation on the government website can be found via this link:
Please ask if you would like any more details either ask the class teacher or make an enquiry via the office.