Discovery Curriculum

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Curriculum - the basis of the curriculum

Within our new academy the curriculum is the structure which will underpin the development of skills, knowledge and attitudes of our pupils. 

Our curriculum is driven by:

  • Discovery - We want to provide our pupils with a curriculum that will motivate them to go beyond expectations and stimulate their appetite to discover new areas they never knew existed. We aim to embed this hunger for discovery from an early age as it will develop and continue to benefit your child right through till their older years. A child who is naturally inquisitive is more likely to be successful throughout their educational life.
  • Adventure - As our pupils discover the exciting world that's around them, we want keep their interest alive by creating a journey based on their discovery. This adventure takes their initial spark of interest, and moulds it over time to become a coherent knowledge, interlinked with a number of subjects that are continuously challenging and engaging.
  • Exploration - We want to instil confidence into our pupils to explore their surroundings and not be afraid of unfamiliar content within the curriculum. We want to encourage a mindset that welcomes new subjects which motivates pupils to explore the nature and knowledge within that particular area. This ensures young people develop the essential knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to become active and responsible citizens.

The Trust recognises that the academy curriculum comprises all learning and other experiences that each academy plans for its pupils. While our approach is in line with the National Curriculum we recognise that this forms only one part of the academy curriculum and that there is time and space in the learning day, week, term and year to move beyond this.

We want you to be able to work with us and your children to support learning. Once the school opens look at the year group pages you will find more detail about what pupils will be learning and suggestions about the sort of activities that you could do with them to support their learning.

 

Curriculum by subject:(Key stages 1 and 2)

 

English

The academy will follow the National Curriculum, as set out for English and Mathematics.However, we are conscious of the need to ensure rapid and fluent use of language in order to facilitate access to all curriculum areas. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them.  

Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participate fully both within the academy and as a member of society; pupils, therefore, who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised.

Maths

Mathematics is essential to everyday life. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. The National Curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice.
  • Reason mathematically by developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
  • Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems.

Science

Science will be delivered as a separate subject in Key Stage One and Two. A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding and exploring the world. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world's future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science.

The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries.
  • Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
  • Are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the use of science in real life.

It is our view that aspects of working scientifically need to be highlighted and specifically taught within the broader context of the lesson and that each lesson should start with a focus on an aspect of this, which is relevant to the main part of the lesson, in order to ensure the skills required for the lesson are present.

As the academy develops it is our intention to promote the interest in sciences by establishing a Young Engineers' Club linked to the national Young Engineers organisation.

Foundation Subjects

Art & Design

Art/Design encourages us to think about and understand the world visually, instead of restricting learning and the acquisition of knowledge to words and numbers alone. Visual thinking helps children learn other subjects. It is a skill used in a wide variety of professions, including the sciences as well as the arts.

Computing

Computers are now part of everyday life. For most of us, technology is essential to our lives, at home and at work. 'Computational thinking' is a skill children must be taught if they are to be ready for the workplace and able to participate effectively in this digital world.

The new national curriculum for computing has been developed to equip young people in England with the foundational skills, knowledge and understanding of computing they will need for the rest of their lives.

Design and Technology

Design and Technology gives children the opportunity to develop skill, knowledge and understanding of designing and making functional products. We feel it is vital to nurture creativity and innovation through design, and by exploring the designed and made world in which we all live and work.

Languages

Research has shown that exposure to different languages is beneficial for children's development. They become more aware of different cultures, other people and other points of view. Bringing very young children into contact with foreign languages may result in faster language learning as well as improved mother tongue skills.

Geography

A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth's key physical and human processes.

History

Besides the sheer enjoyment of learning about dramatic events and stories, studying History helps you train your mind and teaches you how to process information sensibly. It challenges children of all abilities to ask and answer important questions, find evidence, assess its relevance and reach conclusions.

Music

Research has found that learning music facilitates learning other subjects and enhances skills that children inevitably use in other areas.

Physical Education

A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.

 

Curriculum Complaints

You have particular rights to make complaints about certain aspects of the curriculum:

  • Curriculum provision including RE and collective worship.
  • Implementation of the National Curriculum.
  • Exemptions from the National Curriculum.
  • Operation of charging policies.

Should you wish to do so please contact us.