Our youngest pupils at the Academy will be supported and nurtured as they find their way into the routines of school life. Every child will embark on an exciting learning journey from the day they join us, learning at their own pace. Our curriculum will provide a robust structure within which teachers can adapt their lessons to meet the needs of individual learners.
The Academy uses the International Primary Curriculum to teach the Foundation subjects. This is a structured framework linked to the National Curriculum that will ensure appropriate coverage of all subjects.
In the Foundation Stage children will spend much of their time on Literacy activities. As they move up the school, literacy provision will change and develop to suit children’s needs as they develop basic skills and become confident readers and writers. We use the Pie Corbett system and the Talk for writing approach.
An extensive range of resources, both indoors and outdoors, will encourage play around number and stimulate children’s natural curiosity in the Foundation Stage. As children’s skills and understanding deepens, lessons will be complemented by more formal teaching, using number activities to consolidate understanding and support progress.
All children will be taught the relationship between physical activity and a healthy body and a healthy mind from an early age. This will include the development of an understanding of the key role that healthy eating plays in the development of a healthy lifestyle. All PE is provided by professionals from the Shine coaching group.
ICT will permeate the whole curriculum. From the very youngest age children will become familiar with technology through the use of Interactive Whiteboards and tablets. They will have opportunities to use ICT themselves within whole class and small group teaching. Children will use ICT in all aspects of their learning. We are currently using Apple devices throughout the school.
RE will be an important area of the curriculum for all age groups. The Academy will develop a culture that actively explores a broad range of faiths.
Science will be taught as both a separate and a key subject in its own right. It will also be taught through the International Primary Curriculum to ensure that children make the connections between Science and other areas of learning.
Modern Foreign Languages
Children will begin learning French in Reception with a dedicated French teacher. At this age they will be introduced to the joy of learning a new language, introducing them to key vocabulary that can be used on a daily basis in class, along with singing and playing games.
The teaching of the arts and creativity will be an important aspect of the curriculum at all ages. Art and pictures will underpin the development of Literacy from the youngest age and will continue to influence pupil’s speech and writing as they mature and their skills develop. Music and singing will be encouraged not only in their own right, but also to enhance other areas of the curriculum. The Academy will look to specialise in Performing Arts, particularly Music and Drama.
International Primary Curriculum
The rigorous approach to the core skills of Literacy and Numeracy will be complemented by an equally rigorous, thematic approach to all other curriculum areas. Based on the International Primary Curriculum, this approach will provide an explicitly global dimension to learning for children of all ages. The curriculum will enable children to learn essential skills and knowledge, whilst covering all subjects of the National Curriculum, thus developing an understanding of how each is connected to the others. It will focus on developing the personal qualities that children need to be good global citizens and to develop a sense of their own nationality and culture. At the same time, it will actively support the development of a deep respect for the lives and cultures of others.
This will form part of the Thinking Skills approach to learning across the whole school. It will be taught as a discrete lesson, with the aim to stimulate debate and reflection within a structured setting.