Teaching & Learning

General Curriculum, Aims and Organisation

The academy aims to provide a broad, balanced, coherent curriculum for the children that tries, as far as possible, to meet their individual needs.

...outstanding teaching leads to a love of learning and helps pupils achieve their best ...pupils make good progress in the Early Years Foundation Stage in ALL areas of their learning ... teachers provide activities which excite and capture the children's interests resulting in moments of awe and wonder ... learning is purposeful and no time is lost .... Ofsted March 2014.


The Plumberow Curriculum policy can be viewed here

Our prime aim is to deliver the National Curriculum. This consists of the following subjects:

  • Core Subjects
  • English
  • Maths
  • ICT
  • Science

Foundation Subjects

  • Geography
  • History
  • Design Technology
  • PSHE
  • Art
  • RE
  • PE
  • Music
  • Modern Foreign Languages

Information relating to the National Curriculum is available in the academy. The academy has developed planned modules relating to the National Curriculum.

Assessment Profiling is carried out in the Foundation Stage within the first few weeks of children starting with the academy. This is done implicitly so that children continue with child led tasks and activities and are unaware that observations are taking place.

On-going assessment is carried out throughout the academic year in order to inform teacher assessment and support children in recognising what they need to do in order to progress further in their learning.

Teachers also use a range of test materials in order to inform their assessments. These support evidence of pupil attainment, serving as an indication of their independent ability.

The results of Year 6 SATs tests are reported to parents and the results published.

Children are set according to ability in English and Maths in Years 5 and 6. There is an obligation to spend a large part of curricular time in the teaching of the Core subjects (English, Maths, ICT and Science).

Information from testing and teacher assessment is also used to set achievable targets for individuals and Year groups.

Assessment, Record Keeping and Reporting

The Plumberow Marking & Feedback Policy can be viewed here

The Plumberow Pupil Assessment Policy can be viewed here

At Plumberow Primary Academy, assessment is ongoing and happens within every lesson through good quality questioning and effective feedback or 'live marking' carried out with the children. We consider marking and feedback an essential tool for evaluation, assessment and planning next steps for learning. It is important to provide constructive feedback to children, focusing on success and next steps needed to move children’s learning forward. Effective marking and feedback ensures that we are able to acknowledge successes, promote pride in personal achievement and improve standards of teaching and learning. Records are kept for all children and progress is monitored carefully by pupils, teachers and parents.

Consultations are held between parents and teachers throughout the academy year. Written reports are compiled at the end of the Summer Term for all subjects.