We offer a broad, balanced and stimulating curriculum which engages pupils and challenges their learning. We try to make the curriculum interesting and emphasise links within learning, making sure that we cover the key areas thoroughly. As an academy, we have chosen to implement the new National Curriculum in full.
As a primary academy with a nursery, we educate pupils aged from 3 to 11 covering the Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
Phonic and Reading schemes
Early reading is taught using synthetic phonics as the main approach to reading, we use the Letters and Sounds materials published by the Government. 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.
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. Our main reading scheme is Bug Club; we supplement this with books from Oxford Reading Tree and real books.
Foundation Stage: nursery (3-4 year olds) & reception class (4-5 year olds)
The Foundation Stage makes a crucial contribution to pupils' 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; 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.
Key Stage 1 and 2: Years 1 and 2 (ages 5-7) and Years 3 to 6 (ages 7-11)
The core curriculum at Key Stages 1 and 2 comprises of:
Children also study science, art, history, geography, design & technology, usic, IT, PE & PSHE as part of the National Curriculum. As a foreign language the children learn French in KS2.
Non-denominational religious education is provided for all children as part of the curriculum. We have built upon the Locally Agreed Religious Education syllabus, to provide a bespoke curriculum for our children. This focuses on understanding: we look at religions alongside the spiritual, moral, social curriculum and use debate in order to deconstruct stereotyping. 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 aspiration, collaboration and excellence.
You can find more details about what your child is learning over the year in the downloads below.
From the time that your child joins our academy, we hope to work in close partnership with parents and carers.
Your child’s teacher will provide homework on a weekly basis every Wednesday. 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 following Monday. Parents are always welcome to ask for guidance on how to support their child at home.
In addition to this homework we expect all children to read for at least 10 minutes each night, this helps to build their fluency and understanding.
These are some useful links to websites which help your child reinforce their learning in a fun way:
- Especially for maths all ages
- For Nursery and Reception pupils
- For Year 1 and 2 pupils
- For Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 pupils: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/4_11/ http://www.primarygames.com/ http://www.teachingandlearningresources.co.uk/sitemap.shtml http://www.haslamandhall.co.uk/freeKS2SatsPapers.php#.Ut0jlNLFLIU http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/
The National Curriculum documentation on the government website can be found here.
Please ask if you would like any more details either ask the class teacher or make an enquiry via the office.