Curriculum

Ardley Hill Academy Curriculum Statement

Overview and Aims

At Ardley Hill Academy, all stakeholders have a clear understanding of our vision for every pupil.

‘Learning for Life’

We have a shared vision of the skills and qualities every pupil should have by the time they leave Ardley Hill Academy. We aim to achieve this by doing the following:

To nurture independent, responsible, life-long learners equipped with creative thinking skills to enable them to respond to the challenges of the world they live in.

To enable pupils to become confident individuals with a positive self-esteem, have a thirst for knowledge, and high expectations of themselves.

To create a positive attitude to learning, by encouraging confident and caring relationships which motivate and inspire them to do their best.

To support pupils to become confident in making decisions, be able to take risks and persevere to allow them to challenge their learning and maximise their potential.

To foster an environment of politeness and good manners in which each child is able to communicate and collaborate effectively.

To celebrate their individuality and that of others, with a respect of all and the world we live in, and an understanding of their place in modern Britain and the World.

We wish pupils to acquire skills for life, so that they are able to apply these and have a thirst for knowledge, through enjoyment and by experiencing a wealth of opportunities. We aim to prepare children fully for life in modern Britain through our broad, balanced curriculum and our strong ethos underpinned by a values based education, promoting spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

We have developed a creative, enquiry-based curriculum that successfully offers a wide range of developmental opportunities. This topic-based, creative curriculum enables pupils to be highly inspired and immersed in challenging learning opportunities whilst providing a broad and balanced curriculum that will meet the individual development of all the children in our care. Themed days, focused weeks and key celebration events are held to enrich the experiences for the children, while visits and visitors also enhance the curriculum.

All children are taught the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science and Computing and wherever possible this is integrated into the themed topic along with the foundation subjects. Religious Education is an important area of the curriculum and is taught as a separate lesson. All pupils have Modern Foreign Languages, Music and Physical Education lessons each week.

Our termly topics are introduced through ‘Stunning Starts’ to engage and excite pupils immediately in the theme. For this reason we do not publish our Long Term Plan but we publish ‘Topic Parent Leaflets’ for each class just after the start of term. Curriculum jigsaws for each Year group covering core skills can be found on this website.

Core and Foundation Subjects

These subjects are taught wherever possible within our topics. We follow National Curriculum guidelines, full details can be found at the following links:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/335133/PRIMARY_national_curriculum_220714.pdf

For Early Years we follow the EYFS Curriculum guidelines available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/335504/EYFS_framework_from_1_September_2014__with_clarification_note.pdf

 

Phonics

There is a daily phonics session taught in our Early Years settings and Year 1 classes in accordance with the Letters and Sounds document. This provides a synthetic and systematic approach to the teaching of phonics and supports both the development of children’s reading and writing skills. Children in Year 2 also take part in Phonics sessions, emphasising the later phases of the scheme which allows the children to develop their spelling skills. Those who have not yet acquired the necessary skills, or who are not yet secure in applying them independently, take part in focused teaching groups in Key Stage 2.

The Phonics scheme is Letters and Sounds.

National Curriculum in England: Primary Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

Learning to read through Phonics – Information Sheet

Primary SPAG Glossary

Reading Scheme

At Ardley Hill Academy our current reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree. As the UK’s most successful reading scheme, Oxford Reading Tree is currently used in over 80% of primary schools and has helped millions of children from all over the world learn to read … and love to read. Rooted in reading for pleasure and with systematic phonics at its heart, Oxford Reading Tree’s well-loved characters, breadth and varied writing styles give children everything they need to become confident readers.

Oxford Reading Tree books include series such as Floppy’s Phonics, Biff, Chip and Kipper, Traditional Tales, Songbirds Phonics, inFact, Story Sparks and Project X Code books.

Although this is our school reading scheme we always encourage children to read a range of texts at home too. Child friendly newspapers such as First News, menus, graphic novels, magazines and posters will enrich their vocabulary and encourage discussion which will deepen their understanding.

At Ardley Hill we recognise that the personal development of pupils, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. We therefore aim to provide an education that provides children with opportunities to explore and and develop their own values and beliefs and spiritual awareness.

This will be high standards of personal behaviour, a positive caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures.

This is embedded throughout ALL aspects of school life at Ardley Hill.

 

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education

At Ardley Hill we recognise that the personal development of pupils, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. We therefore aim to provide an education that provides children with opportunities to explore and and develop their own values and beliefs and spiritual awareness.

This will be high standards of personal behaviour, a positive caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures.

This is embedded throughout ALL aspects of school life at Ardley Hill.The aims of our SMSC education are:

  • to ensure pupils’ education at Ardley Hill Academy is holistic rather than focused narrowly on purely academic aspects of learning.
  • to provide pupils with a rounded education, including learning to work and play together.
  • to understand, respect and apply rules and understanding why these exist.
  • to prepare pupils to contribute to society and culture throughout their lives and enable them to participate actively and positively in the life of the school, their local community and wider society.
  • to encourage pupils to value themselves and their unique contributions to their own and others’ lives and in turn to value and celebrate others and their qualities and abilities.