Bedmond Academy
May 10 2018

Our Curriculum

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Our Curriculum

Bedmond Academy’s intention is to raise the profile of all subjects across the curriculum with children, staff, parents and wider community. We will start this by linking all the subjects on our topic and knowledge organisers and communicating how we will teach the curriculum regularly. By linking the subjects on these documents we ensure that each subject has a high profile. We want to build a robust curriculum to ensure that our children get the knowledge and skills given in the National Curriculum and beyond this. Bedmond Academy’s curriculum intention is to teach beyond that of the curriculum by understanding our schools context and ensuring we teach what our children need to know and compensating for these needs throughout our curriculum which we have personalised to our school. By giving out information on the curriculum before it is taught, we ensure that we are involving all members of the family in learning. This then gives the school the opportunity to delve into the knowledge and skills of learning in more detail which the children as they have had the opportunity to look into the learning that will take place. By using the topic and knowledge organisers we ensure that all subjects have a place within the timetable. Alongside this we can ensure that each subject is progressive throughout a year group and year. Additionally, every subject is in place and subject leaders have a good starting point for developing is continuously.

The impact of the introduction of our new curriculum in our school has meant that the children are being offered and receiving full coverage of the national curriculum and more. Our children benefit from being exposed to a range of teaching methods and styles through our approach of teaching emotions, creativity and celebration, in addition to taking out teaching into different contexts through our Forest school, outdoors learning lessons and focus on PSHCE as a starting point. By taking this approach, our children are able to immerse themselves in to our themes and we are beginning to be able to delve deeper into different learning experiences. This has meant that our pupils are beginning to develop detailed knowledge and skills across the curriculum and their progress is improving. Additionally, this new focus on curriculum has meant all staff are growing in their knowledge of the curriculum and subject leader skills are progressing. Our curriculum are provides children with more opportunities for the children to read widely and this will increase as our curriculum embeds. Pupils now enjoy showcasing their work more often and they talk more positively and excitedly about their learning and the new skills and knowledge they have acquired.

We are implementing our new curriculum through two documents; these are the topic and knowledge organisers. At the start of each term, each class teacher will send these documents home with every child. These are a useful starting point for families to do some research, support home learning or just to have a conversation with their child about what they are doing at school. This then allows teachers the chance to delve deeper into the subjects they are teaching with the children in class. It also exposes children to vocabulary before and during teaching. We upload all the documents to the schools website for all to access.

The topic organiser document is an overview document of all the subjects and aspects we will teach the children throughout the term. It also highlights the overarching theme, e.g. The Greeks or The Seaside. The subjects on this documents are mainly organised into three areas:

  • Primary subjects = these are the focus subjects for this term
  • The secondary subjects = these subjects will also be covered but will not be a focus
  • The discrete subjects = the subjects that are taught but that do not link to the overarching theme

At Bedmond Academy teaching beyond the National Curriculum is very important, therefore we have additional boxes on the topic organiser to ensure these aspects are taught. These include a celebration box to show case how we will celebrate the subjects, learning and achievements, as well as an outdoor learning and creativity box. These will bring in other skills and areas we are going to cover. PSHE and our school values underpin all learning that takes place so we have outlined what we will be covering in these areas also. We believe it is important to explore feelings throughout our curriculum as well as teach these explicitly, therefore we highlight the feelings we want to explore through the teaching.Underpinning these documents are our skills ladders. These documents ensure that all the skills we are teaching are progressive through the school and that learning is consolidated and developed each year. Additionally after studying the national curriculum in detail, we have also made a whole school map to ensure that knowledge is not repeated, so we have designated every year group a theme to cover, for example, in year 3 our children will learn about the Stone Age.Alongside this very exciting theme curriculum we follow the Herts agreed syllabus when teaching Religious Education, as well as covering different religious festivals in our assemblies and themes. The British Values sit within our PSHCE curriculum and we have a focus on each value every half term.  We are continuing to embed our strong English curriculum, which is, supported through the Primary Writing Project that we started a year ago. This programme has enabled us to train our staff on teaching reading in writing in an innovative, progressive and structured way. We teach children to ‘read as a reader’ as well as covering ‘short burst’ writing tasks and explicitly teaching vocabulary. Alongside this we teach daily phonics following the letters and sounds programme.

Please take a look at our Class pages to view our topic and knowledge organisers.

Assessments

Year 1 phonics screening check

Nationally, all children in Year 1 are assessed for their phonic understanding towards the end of the year. The check takes place in June when each child reads 40 words out loud to a teacher. The results are shared with you with their annual report and their teacher will assess whether he or she needs extra help with reading. If your child does not pass the check, they will complete it again in Year 2.

Key stage 1

All children in Year 2 are required to complete a Key stage 1 test. At Bedmond Academy, we try to keep these as low-key as possible. The tests cover:

  • English reading
  • English grammar, punctuation and spelling
  • Maths

Your child will take the tests in the Spring Term.

Key stage 2

All children in Year 6 are required to complete assessments called SATs.  These test your child’s skills in:

  • English reading
  • English grammar, punctuation and spelling
  • Maths

Your child will take these national tests in May when they reach the end of key stage 2 and you will receive the test results as well as the results of your child’s teacher assessments with their annual school report.

Aspire Curriculum

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