The full curriculum plans for this academic year can be downloaded below.
English, literacy and reading
Pupils are taught primarily through focused play activities, many based in the area of language and communication, with pupils having specific communication targets they work on during the academy day.
English is taught as a separate subject during literacy lessons and as an integral part of all other subject lessons. Regular targets are set according to the needs of individual pupils, with children having similar or identical targets grouped accordingly. Targets set are carefully chosen to ensure that pupils succeed, develop confidence and a positive attitude to work. During literacy lessons pupils work towards individual or group targets in reading, writing, and speaking and listening.
When pupils are ready, they access 1:1 and small group support in reading through a variety of phonetic schemes, teaching methods and interventions, including an adapted version of the Read, Write Inc scheme. For those children who are not ready to access Read, Write Inc, they are developing their listening and communication skills and are being exposed to letter pure sounds in a range of sensory contexts – where appropriate, elements of Phonics schemes are used to support this.
We also support the development of pupils’ writing by working on stages such as; fine and gross motor control; mark making; letter formation; beginning phonetic spelling; and spelling, grammar, punctuation and sentence composition. This is done in accordance with the individual learner’s needs and we ensure progress through a range of teaching strategies such as:
• fine motor development activities – with our Occupational Therapist if appropriate
• play-based activities
• sensory mark making sessions
• handwriting and literacy lessons
• using ICT resources for developing and recording writing
• 1:1 and small group sessions.
A great emphasis is placed on the development of communication throughout the entire academy day. A range of additional systems are used for pupils who require extra support in learning to communicate such as signs, symbols, and pictures. The use of these systems gives pupils a means of developing concepts, knowledge and understanding within the curriculum and then communicating their learning to others.
Mathematics in key stages 1 and 2 is taught primarily during dedicated lessons and through focused independent activities. Specific targets are set according to the needs of individual pupils, with children having similar or identical targets grouped accordingly. Opportunities are taken, wherever possible, within the wider curriculum, to extend mathematical language, understanding and knowledge.
Our aim is to ensure that all pupils develop mathematical confidence in the practical situations of everyday life and that they develop a positive attitude to the subject.
In science we aim to develop inquiring minds so that children may explore their surroundings in order to understand them and devise their own strategies to help them solve problems. Pupils also have the opportunity to work independently and co-operatively to share ideas, formulate hypotheses and modify their thoughts in the light of experience.
History and geography
We provide opportunities for children to learn about other countries and cultures world-wide. We also aim to ensure that pupils gain knowledge and understanding of the environment and in particular their local community by providing them with a range of experiences that can then be further developed in the classroom setting.
Our pupils have the opportunity to use computers in order to learn about how communicate with individuals and their wider community, solve problems, store and retrieve information, and develop coding skills. These are creative practical activities that involve children observing, identifying, investigating, exploring, categorising, modelling, planning, making and evaluating.
In line with our safeguarding principals, we also teach all pupils about e-safety in a secure environment through teacher-led access to the internet.
Pupils of all ages have the opportunity to cook in our kitchen classroom. Food technology provides many important cross-curricular opportunities for learning during enjoyable and highly motivating activities such as the change of liquids to solids, following instructions and procedures, turn-taking, basic safety and hygiene rules. During such activities staff respect religious and dietary observances.
Cooking is a favourite activity in school and we use this as a vehicle to teach pupil about healthy eating, reinforce mathematical skills, scientific understanding around changes and to develop independent skills need to cook safely.
Art and design
Pupils are taught different art techniques and work in different mediums. They are also taught art history and art appreciation by studying different artists. From the early stages pupils are encouraged to experiment with and explore materials. The aim is that children progress to making images and models using a variety of media in order to explore and make sense of the world.
All children explore the expressive elements of sound and music using voice, percussion and electronic instruments. They also have the opportunity to listen to a wide variety of music and organised sounds in order to develop various skills. These may range from simple sound recognition to following rhythms and describing moods and feelings suggested by different pieces of music.
Pupils take part in daily sensory circuits. They also get to experience sports activities from outside providers we develop body awareness and provide learning experiences in which movement plays a significant role. The development of social skills such as turn-taking and PSHE issues are given a prominent role during all aspects of physical education. All children in key stage 2 have the opportunity to learn to swim. Consideration is given to pupils with special physical/medical needs.
In accordance with the 1988 Education Act collective worship is held each day at the academy, and is of a broadly Christian nature. This is either in class groups or as a whole academy community. Religious education is taught in accordance with Nottinghamshire’s agreed syllabus.
Modern Foreign Languages
From key stage 2, pupils will be taught French as a part of our Modern Foreign Languages curriculum. This will be taught in a fun experiential way with pupils also having the opportunity to learn about the cultures of France and other countries.