Four Dwellings Primary Academy Curriculum Intent
At Four Dwellings Primary Academy, we believe in the potential of all children and we strive to give every child the best start in life by instilling in them the motivation and aspiration to achieve academic excellence and personal fulfillment. We are driven to foster in the children an enthusiasm for learning that will prepare them for the next stage in their education and beyond into a working or university career, so that they become successful citizens of the future.
Four Dwellings Primary Academy is part of the family of schools in the Academies Enterprise Trust and as such we share the Trust vision for our children:
To provide our pupils with a wide body of knowledge and skills and an exceptional character to live a remarkable life.
It is our aim that by the time the children leave Four Dwellings Primary Academy to embark on the next stage of their education, they are equipped with the academic skills and knowledge, and have developed the personal attributes needed to enable them to become successful citizens of the future.
Our curriculum is planned and sequenced so that new knowledge and skills build on what has come before. The academic learning is underpinned by a strong emphasis on personal development and social skills so that children make and maintain healthy relationships with others. They learn responsibility and develop a sense of self so that they understand and value their place in the world and respect the same for others.
The AET character curriculum is at the core of what is important to us and we aim to provide a wide range of learning opportunities and experiences. It is our desire that children and their families value their learning and seize all and any opportunity wholeheartedly, therefore we aim to ensure the offer to learn is strong in every classroom.
Curriculum Key Drivers
Four Dwellings Primary Academy is located in outer Birmingham. It is set in a challenging community where deprivation is high. Poverty is a contributing factor leading to safeguarding concerns in some families; it is also the reason why many children have limited life experiences outside school.
High rates of crime, poor housing and low employment contribute to poor mental health of both the adults and the children in our community.
Although most members of the community are White British the local area is becoming increasingly more diverse as new families move in. This brings both opportunities and challenges for our school. Some families struggle to recognise the importance of education and therefore their child’s attendance remains stubbornly low.
Given this context, we believe there are four key drivers that are at the centre of our curriculum. Each of these is the main focus of the faculty in which that area of the curriculum sits. The faculties link to our Values and from those we have considered the rationale for the key driver which leads to:
Faculty Remarkable Me: Push the limits in our relationship with self
Key Driver - Responsibility
Our children must develop the confidence and self-awareness to take responsibility for the part they play in creating a harmonious community; in particular, they must be able to maintain their own well-being in order to manage change well.
Remarkable Others: Be big-hearted in our relationship with others
Key Driver - Help Others
Our children must develop the skills of good communication, teamwork and leadership in order to help others; they should celebrate others’ achievements and provide support for others in equal measure, showing kindness, respect and empathy.
Remarkable World: Discover what is possible in our relationship with the world
Key Driver - Culture
Our children must understand their place in the world and recognise the culture in their own community and the wide range of communities beyond it; they must be able to interact positively with all members of a diverse community in order to make a valuable contribution to it.
Remarkable Brain: Be unusually brave in our relationship with the brain
Key Driver - Problem Solving
Our children must be able to think creatively and critically in order to solve problems; they must be able to adapt their thinking based on evidence, reflect and evaluate, use their imagination and understand that there may be more than one solution.
Updated October 2019