Our academy curriculum is underpinned by the values that we hold at our academy: balanced, rigorous and challenging; coherent and relevant and Knowledge rich. The curriculum is the means by which the academy achieves its objective of educating children in the knowledge, skills and understanding that they need in order to lead fulfilling lives.
We plan the curriculum carefully, so that there is coherence and full coverage of all aspects of the National Curriculum and early learning goals, and there is planned progression in all curriculum areas.
At Key Stage 1 and 2 the curriculum at our academy places a greater emphasis on both core and foundation subjects , and we teach these subjects separately. This means that, for example, a child may concentrate in one term on a history topic, and then switch to a greater emphasis on geography in the next term. Over the three terms of the academic year, each child has the opportunity to experience the full range of National Curriculum subjects.
Our curriculum will ensure access and inclusion. An overarching principle is equality of access to the curriculum. For example, SEND pupils and EAL learners will be supported to access a common curriculum, rather than be taught a restricted or unduly narrowed curriculum. However, if we think it necessary to adapt the curriculum to meet the needs of individual children, then we do so only after the parents of the child have been consulted. In the great majority of cases, pupils who have SEND will be ‘scaffolded’ or supported to access the same curriculum content as other pupils. This principle underpins our approach to ‘mastery’ and inclusion. The curriculum will uphold fully the requirements set out in the DfE (January 2015) SEND Code of Practice2 and requirements of The Equality Act 2010.
Please click here for more information regarding how we support our SEND children with clear and direct links to the SEND Code of Practice.
Advice and sources of support for any of our parents and carers who are looking for help in understanding the curriculum:
Our school website – we would recommend that your first port of call when looking for information is on our school website. As a more general start point, we publish a curriculum statement and whole school overview. You will also find subject specific curriculum intent, implementation and impact statements, under our learning with us tab. Have a read through and note down key areas for your child and if you have further questions then contact the school to discuss.
Our curriculum leads – We encourage open communication between school and home, we will always help you and your child to feel more supported, don’t be afraid to ask questions or raise specific concerns. Contact the school office directly to book a meeting with one of our relative subject leads, we are here to help!
Literacy – Mrs Shipley and Miss Lowbridge
Phonics – Miss Turley or Mrs Pike
Reading – Mrs Shipley and Miss Lowbridge
Numeracy – Mrs Lathbury-Cox
Science – Mrs Shipley
Computing – Miss Lowbridge and Mr Peatroy
Humanities – Mrs Shipley and Mrs Beresford
RE – Mrs Shipley and Mr Hussain
PSHE – Mrs Shipley and Mrs Wood
Music – Mrs Shipley
French – Mrs Ray
P.E. – Mr Farley and Mrs Shipley
Art & DT – Mrs Shipley and Mrs Maddison
E-safety – Mr Peatroy and Miss Bracey
Mental Health – Miss Thorpe