As an academy it is our responsibility to determine the curriculum for our children. Our curriculum is designed to explicitly teach our Key Skills for Learning which are:
Leadership, Independence, Risk-taking, Questioning, Challenge, Responsibility, Creativity
It is also designed to ensure that the children receive a broad and balanced education. Please also go to the relevant year group page for information on termly topics and other activities as well as details of staffing.
We want our children to be confident in their own abilities and to reach their fullest potential in all areas of life and development. We nurture a supportive community where every child and adult is worthy of understanding and respect.
We intend to develop an independent, positive, enquiring and reflective approach to life, based on a sense of responsibility and respect for themselves, other people and the environment. Children should have a growing awareness of the moral and spiritual aspects of life. They should assimilate a wide range of knowledge, acquiring skills of literacy and numeracy, and scientific and technological understanding. They should develop imagination and their creative and physical abilities. They should know how to take care of their bodies and minds and be able to function successfully as a member of a variety of groups. We aim to give all the children equal opportunities whatever their race, gender, religion, additional needs, social or economic background. Our Equality Policy is available on request from the school office or is on this website.
The children at our school live and will grow up in a world of rapid change. They will meet and work alongside people from many social and ethnic backgrounds and with different religious beliefs and views of the world. In every aspect of the curriculum we try to give children a greater understanding of the variety of races, cultures and beliefs and their contribution to human achievement, so that they may develop a respect for different ways of life and will be able to live and work in harmony with others.
We explicitly teach the British Values of: Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance.
Children entering school at age four continue to follow the guidance for the Foundation stage building upon Pre-school and nursery experiences. Foundation classes will follow a curriculum based around the statutory Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.
In the curriculum there are seven areas of learning and development. These include 3 prime areas which are crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, building their capacity to learn, forming relationships and thriving.
- communication and language
- physical development
- personal, social and emotional development
These three prime areas are strengthened and applied through the specific areas of
- understanding the world
- expressive arts and design
The Foundation curriculum provides opportunities for children to engage in activities planned by adults and those they plan or initiate themselves. The Foundation stage prepares children for learning in key stage 1 and is consistent with the national curriculum.
Much of what the children do in school is of a practical nature and the children have weekly Forest Schools lessons utilising our wonderful outdoor space and make several visits to the Greatworth Farm Education Centre. This is because experience and research indicate that children learn best when all their senses are used. It is also important that the things they are asked to do are seen by the children to be relevant to their lives now or in the future.
Teachers plan the curriculum for their classes with the partners in their year group. The curriculum is largely delivered in classes but there are occasions when children are grouped according to ability. For example children are taught in ability groups in KS1 for Read Write Inc. Year groups publish an outline for their curriculum on their dedicated page on this website.
Pupils progress in the curriculum is assessed throughout their time at the school. At the end of Key Stages 1 and 2, this being at the ages of seven and eleven, progress in the core curriculum is assessed through a combination of teacher assessment and standard tasks and tests. Each child’s individual achievement is reported to his or her parents/carers, who are also informed of the overall standards achieved in the year group.
Our long term curriculum plan is currently being updated and will be available to view here soon.