Curriculum


St Helen's Primary Academy is a warm and friendly school. As well as a traditional education, we provide a range of different experiences through our creative curriculum which includes every child.

It is a happy school where children feel nurtured and valued. We pride ourselves in having a committed staff team who offer a curriculum which is broad and challenging. Expectation is high and children are motivated to ‘be the best that they can be’.

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.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/210969/NC_framework_document_-_FINAL.pdf

We deliver the content of the National Curriculum through a variety of different ways which allow our children to learn in creative 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 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. s.

Literacy - we have a traditional approach to literacy learning whereby children have lessons in spelling, grammar 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 the Academies Enterprise Trust 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.

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 delivers our PE curriculum alongside our class teachers. 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 - 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.