What are we learning?
Our Curriculum Aims
- Encompass school vision of “loving to learn and learning to love” by providing and active and engaging curriculum firmly rooted in our values.
- Reflecting on, identifying in others and demonstrating in ourselves the 12 values of our school.
- All children are equipped with the skills needed to make a successful transition to the next stage in their lives.
- Our curriculum aims to develop language structures and vocabulary to enable all children to communicate effectively.
Key Aspects of the Curriculum
- All topics begin with a hook – something to engage and enthuse the children about their new topic.
- All topics should be language rich – children are taught key vocabulary and are provided with talk frames to structure responses.
- All topics have a purpose – the end outcome is identified to the children at the start of the topic and all of the lessons they do build up to this end outcome.
- Lessons have a Learning to Learn skill focus – we believe that it is important the children develop the skills to learn so should apply this throughout all of their lessons.
- Independent learning is promoted by allowing our children to ask questions and discover the answers for themselves – scaffolds are provided to support the children in finding the answers.
- Values are studied through collective worship and where appropriate meaningful links are made to other aspects of the curriculum.
- Where appropriate, the curriculum incorporates links with the local community and stakeholders. Throughout the year, each class will share their learning in the form of an assembly and an enterprise project.
Year Group Curriculum Maps
Early Years Learning
Children in the Foundation Stage, Nursery and Reception (and the first part of Year 1) work through the Development Matters document, which is published nationally.
We place a strong emphasis on children learning basis skills - Reading, Writing and Maths, right from children's early learning experiences until they leave the Academy.
We follow a structured approach to phonics, using a combination of Letters and Sounds and Jolly Phonics. We use a broad selection of levelled 'reading scheme' books from a variety of sources and spend a great deal of money ensuring class libraries always have a great selection of children's fiction.
Each year group follows the appropriate National Curriculum science units. The children develop both their scientific knowledge and skills. Over the course of the year, the children will complete a range of science investigations.
Science Curriculum Map
To support the teaching of RE, we use a combination of the Discovery RE and Understanding Christianity schemes of work. Our whole school curriculum map can be found below.
RE Curriculum Map
Our computing curriculum is broken into 5 strands:
- Online Safety
- Impact of Technology
Each class has access to a bank of laptops to support the teaching of computing. Each year, we host an online safety week to promote staying safe online.
We use Jigsaw to teach PSHE. Each year group studies 6 units across the year:
- Being Me in My World
- Celebrating Difference
- Dreams and Goals
- Healthy Me
- Changing Me