Learning & curriculum

Learning and curriculum

In 2016, we undertook a full review of our curriculum and how we deliver it. In other words, we wanted to make sure that we were teaching the right things, in the right way, to ensure that our children get the most out of their time in the academy. As a result, we came up with an updated version of our vision statement but also made sure that we set ourselves some tough and very measurable targets to ensure that we really are doing what we say we will. You can find both of these on the Vision and Aims page of this website. We will continually, review this curriculum to ensure that we are instilling the adequate skills and understanding for them to be outstanding citizens within our community

Our curriculum has been designed by our leadership team to personalise learning, in direct relation to our children and their needs and interests

(reviewed yearly). We have personalised blocks of learning (6 weeks long, one per learning block). We have designed the curriculum in the shape a jigsaw ensuring the whole curriculum links together and a literacy theme runs throughout with a key text associated with the topic of study. If you would like to access curriculums' for EYFS - YR6 then please see PDFS attached at the bottom of Learning, Curriculum and Assessment page. Every child will have one session of PE per week as well as other opportunities to take part in sports activities, both during the academy day and in after-school clubs. Y3 will take a course of swimming lessons. Children will have weekly singing lessons, Spanish and Outdoor learning during the year.

Friday afternoons we run 'Bumble's Golden Time' and this is where we reward the positive behaviour of children across the whole of the Academy.

We also have drop down days/weeks that celebrate British Values, religious festivals and cultures from around the world. In 2016-17 we will be hosting World Book Day, National Science Day, National Sports Week, Comic Relief, Children in Need, Chinese New Year, Eid, Spanish Day, Christingle, Harvest Festival, Christmas Week and Easter to name just a few, more to be announced as the year progresses.

Our youngest children in the Academy will continue to follow their own bespoke curriculum (designed with the needs of our children in mind) that encourages them to develop a variety of basic skills through fun themes and play linked to these themes (one topic covered each learning block). The Freshers staff team will assess their pupils regularly to ensure that they are making progress and this is often done by taking pictures and videos of the scholars in action and also the work that they produce using a system called Early Essence. Further information about the Early Years Foundation Stage can be found in the EYFS policy which can be downloaded from the policies page.

We are proud of the end result of our work and think that we have come up with an exciting, challenging and enjoyable curriculum as well as a robust way of checking children are making great progress. Our curriculum isn't just about what happens in our classrooms either, our children are learning from the moment they step over the threshold of the academy - we have clear academy rules and expectations, we talk about our academy culture of high aspirations in our assemblies and we actively model and teach the children how to behave in a variety of social situations.

Find out more about how our curriculum works in practice and how we assess our pupils' progress on the next page by clicking here. You can also find out what each team and class will be working on by going to the relevant team page (click on the 'class' link at the top of this page).