Learning & assessment
Learning, Curriculum and Assessment
Our academy year (from Class Barnsley upwards) is divided into six learning blocks, each six weeks long (dates for the learning blocks can be found in
the calendar). In the last week of each learning block we will assess the children to ensure that they have made enough progress. We will also send a report home so that parents are aware of their child’s progress at the end of year. We will use a variety of ways to assess progress and attainment - some of these will be AET assessments, teacher assessment and statutory assessments, that will allow us to tell how our children are doing nationally compared to others of the same age within our trust and how they are doing compared to the targets set at the beginning of the year. By doing these assessments regularly children become used to them and any anxiety over SATs tests can be minimised. It also allows us to find out if we need to provide extra support for your child in any specific aspects of their learning. We aim as a minimum for all children to make at least expected progress across the whole curriculum in line with their targets.
We currently use the programme of Read Write Inc. to develop out phonetic provision across the whole Academy, this programme helps assess and group children based on stages of learning and the impact seen across the first term has seen our students progress rise by 30%. if you would like more information please see Read Write Inc.
Our curriculum has been designed by our leadership team to personalise learning, in direct relation to our children and their needs and int
erests (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 the 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 2018 - 19 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, Black History Month 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 Class Barnsley and Royston 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.
If you would like to download posters that gives a reminder of all of Bumble's rules and values then please follow links below.