Aims and Overview
- The curriculum at Cleadon Church of England Academy is designed to provide a broad and balanced education that meets the needs of all pupils giving them the skills, knowledge and understanding to prepare and equip them for their future lives and careers.
- It ensures that academic success, creativity and problem solving, respect, responsibility and resilience, as well as physical development, well-being and mental health are key elements that support the development of the whole child and promote a positive attitude to learning.
- The curriculum celebrates the diversity and utilises the skills and knowledge of the whole school community while supporting the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
- The curriculum is underpinned by the Christian Ethos of the academy, with Christian Values being at the core of everything we do.
Curriculum Statement 2018-19
At Cleadon Church of England Academy, we offer a curriculum which is broad and balanced, and which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points, as they progress through each Key Stage. The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school. The aim of our curriculum is for pupils to have the requisite skills to be successful, independent and motivated lifelong learners in readiness for their next stage of education. To best meet the needs of all of our pupils, a knowledge-rich yet skills based curriculum is delivered.
Across the EYFS the curriculum is delivered through broad topic work and also through the interests of the children and current themes. In Nursery, planning in the moment can also have an impact on learning and the environment. Staff support children in their choices and provide them with a rich and well-resourced environment. Children across the Foundation Stage are encouraged to become independent learners. Staff challenge children through questioning, specific tasks and independent learning. In Nursery, we build on the foundations to give our children the skills they need when transitioning into Reception. In our Reception class, activities are planned with a variety of adult directed, adult support and independent work. We tailor our curriculum to meet the needs of our children. Where children are ready for a more formal approach, staff will plan for this through directed teaching. Those who still need a play based approach will be supported by all staff through scaffolding and modelling.
Pupils are still working on the Early Learning Goals of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum as they enter Year 1. There is a period in the Autumn Term where most children progress to the National Curriculum. Throughout this period and beyond, all children are still developing their phonic knowledge using the Letters and Sounds document.
The curriculum is delivered using an integrated topic approach and assessed using Classroom Monitor as a basis to ensure coverage and progression of key skills throughout the school. The more able are challenged further in their learning and children who find aspects of their learning more difficult are appropriately supported so that they too are enabled to experience success. National requirements and school requirements are mapped out as a whole school and then individual year groups plan the curriculum for their pupils accordingly.
The curriculum is underpinned by the school’s Core Values:
- Striving for excellence
- Achieving together
- Showing respect
- Inspiring success
- Acting with integrity
These values are delivered within a caring, happy, safe and secure environment in all areas of the curriculum, including worship. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils and their understanding of the core values are woven through the curriculum.
The English curriculum is delivered using a teaching sequence which develops skills using a high quality engaging reading text. The Mathematics curriculum is delivered using the Inspire Maths programme which is developed around the CPA approach (concrete, pictorial and abstract). In all year groups there are small group interventions to support pupils in gaining the key skills to become successful readers, writers and mathematicians.
The RE curriculum is provided as part of each child’s entitlement to a broad and balanced education contributing to their spiritual, moral and cultural development.
RE within our curriculum promotes:
- religious Literacy
- the chance to think and ask questions
- the development of empathy skills
- a broader understanding of different values
- an awareness of diversity through looking at major religions and beliefs in the UK and beyond
Specialist teachers and instructors support music, physical education and the teaching of MFL. All subject leaders are given training and opportunity to keep developing their own subject knowledge, skills and understanding so they can support curriculum development and their colleagues throughout the school. Theme days / weeks, whole school activities and opportunities within and outside school all enrich and develop the children’s learning. An Enrichment afternoon each week provides further opportunities to broaden and stimulate learning. After school clubs and events extend these opportunities further. Additional whole school programmes and approaches support quality teaching and learning and the school is well resourced in terms of learning materials, books and technology.
The outdoor environment and the local community are considered an opportunity for active learning for all our pupils. The school grounds have been developed so they can enrich different curriculum areas, particularly science.
Pupils have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents & carers and other learners through school-based and external exhibitions, performances, competitions and events involving other schools. Developing their independence and motivation as learners and their sense of responsibility as future citizens is at the heart of all our teaching and learning.