Shafton Primary Academy is a dynamic and vibrant school, full of character, love and life. It provides a good standard of education as well a range of wonderful experiences through our inclusive curriculum which includes every child.
It is a school full of warmth, energy and enthusiasm where children feel nurtured, happy and valued. This calm, purposeful atmosphere is palpable the moment you step into the environment. We pride ourselves in having a committed staff team who are relentless in their drive to offer a curriculum which is broad and challenging. Expectation is high and children are motivated to ‘be the best that they can be’. All children work as hard as they can – it is our norm.
We follow the National Curriculum 2014 in all our subjects. Please click on the link below which will take you to a more detailed explanation about the National Curriculum.
However, we deliver the content of the National Curriculum through a variety of different ways which allow our children to learn in creative and richly engaging environments. This allows them to find a love of learning in everything they do. Our school curriculum is carefully designed to ensure coverage and progression through exciting, broad and balanced learning experiences. The curriculum provides pupils with memorable experiences, in addition to diverse and rich opportunities from which children can learn and develop a range of transferable skills. All planning builds upon prior learning to ensure that every child achieves. Pupils know the purpose for their learning, how to refine their work, the links between the subjects or themes and the relevance of these to their everyday lives.
Literacy - we have a traditional approach to literacy learning whereby children have lessons in spelling, grammar, handwriting and reading comprehension. Twice a week, the children in Year 1-6 write a longer piece of writing based on all sorts of things from traditional story-telling, to creative writing, from non-fiction writing about the Vikings to information texts about food and nutrition. Learning is always driven by what the children need to do next in order to get better and better. We make Literacy fun and you will see the teachers writing as much as the children as they guide learning through their marking.
Reading and Phonics- we use Oxford Reading Tree as our reading scheme and our phonics work is based on Letters and Sounds.
Maths - we follow our Academy scheme of work for maths and there is a link to more information about it here
History and Geography - we try to make these subjects as lively and hands on as possible as we believe that if subjects come to life, children will remember them. In History, for example, we dress up and role-play about famous people from the past. We invite visitors into school and we go out on trips and visits.
Art - we have a specialist art teacher who teaches all year groups. He is a water colour artist in his own right.
PE - we have a specialist PE and Sports coach who leads our PE curriculum. We strongly believe that activity, team work and fair play are the foundations of so many things in life, building towards a happy, healthy and active future as adults.
Music - we have a specialist music teacher who comes to school for two days a week and teaches all year groups. She is passionate about singing and our school choir is outstanding. Our music curriculum inspires our children to take up piano, key board, drums, guitar and individual singing tuition as well as to perform in concerts and plays both in school and out in our community.