Curriculum structure and organisation
Early Years Foundation Stage
As soon as children start in Reception we begin the important task of developing learning skills and a positive attitude to learning. This focus continues throughout their learning journey and hopefully for the rest for their lives. In all classes there is a particular focus on the use and understanding of language.
Children follow the Foundation Stage curriculum. They learn through playing, observing, talking listening and having fun. They experience a wide range of exciting learning activities designed to help them develop their linguistic and numerical skills as well as their more general knowledge and understanding of the world. The children also learn to socialize, play and develop their motor and creative skills.
Key Stages 1 and 2
In Years 1 to 6 English, Maths and Sciences are usually taught discretely. Children enjoy carefully planned lessons that focus on teaching, reading, writing and speaking and listening skills. In Maths they learn core skills and knowledge as well as taking part in investigations. The other subjects are generally taught through a topic based integrated approach and will include Music, History, Geography, Art, Design Technology and Modern Foreign Languages. Religious Education is also taught separately.
Children work in a variety of ways including groups, pairs, sometimes one to one as well as whole class. Our aim is always to have children take an active and increasingly independent part in the choices they make about their learning.
PE is an important part of the curriculum so all children take part in regular physical exercise including swimming in our pool. Sex and Relationship education is taught through Personal, Social Health Education or PSHE and is age appropriate. We aim to help pupils cope with the physical and emotional challenges of growing up and provide a basic introduction to human reproduction enabling them to make sensible lifestyle choices and resist bullying if that should occur.
The Academy is well resourced and we regularly review new technologies to ensure children are kept up to date.