Academy Curriculum

A curriculum that challenges, engages and motivates children to learn, meeting their needs and promoting hands-on learning.

We work hard to make learning fun for everyone. Children are encouraged to develop their independence and become creative learners. Every half-term the classroom learning environments are changed to represent their new topic. Children study all subjects through a main text as we encourage all to become avid readers.  Educational visits offer exciting opportunities to support topics, which brings learning to life and widens experiences. 

Maths

We follow a clearly structured teaching and learning process that helps ensure every child masters each maths concept securely and deeply. The curriculum is broken down into core concepts, which enables a step by step, strong foundation of cumulative knowledge and understanding to be built.

The teaching of mathematics introduces children to concepts, skills and thinking that are essential in everyday life and support learning across the curriculum. It helps children make sense of the numbers, patterns and shapes they see in the world around them, offers ways of handling data in an increasingly digital world and makes a crucial contribution to their development as successful learners. Children discover how mathematics contributes to our economy, society and culture. It stimulates curiosity, fosters creativity and equips children with the skills they need in life.

English

Our English lessons develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing and grammar and vocabulary. English is taught through the ‘Talk for writing’ scheme as well as cross-curricular, linking up with other areas of the curriculum. We teach our pupils to speak clearly, to convey their ideas fluently and confidently and to ask questions. Extra activities are used to promote English in the school including World Book Week, poetry competitions, reading challenges across the year and author / poet visits.

Our pupils are encouraged to read for pleasure and to read widely. Teaching children to become excellent readers  is a large and exciting part of what we do at Kingsland. We use ‘Read, Write Inc’ for our phonics programme across early years and Key Stage One. Phonic awareness helps the development of reading by segmenting and blending sounds. Children are heard reading individually and in groups by teaching staff and volunteers.

Guided reading sessions cover fiction and non-fiction books as well as developing children’s comprehension skills. We use ‘Bug club’ as a whole class guided reading programme for year three to six. Parents are all given clear expectations about reading at home.

We develop writing skills so that our children have the stamina and ability to write at the age expected standards. To support children in moving towards independent writing, we provide a wide range of activities including use of film and imagery, modelled, shared and guided writing, peer editing and discussion.

We use ‘Talk for writing’ to encourage children to express their ideas, exchange ideas and to develop more sophisticated vocabulary. We link our writing context to our curriculum topics and to a main text chosen by the class teacher. In key-stage two, handwriting is incorporated into English lessons. In key-stage one and Early years, handwriting is taught as a separate session.

Science

At Kingsland we believe Science is important because our world depends on it. Our children will become scientists through curiosity, questioning and explanation of natural phenomenon. As our young children discover the world around them the more they will gain excitement and learn about the ‘magic’ of Science. We have a unique opportunity to install a love of Science by harnessing a child’s natural curiosity. 

As teachers we will encourage curiosity, awe and wonder of Science. We will encourage children to ask questions, seek answers, collect data and conduct investigations ensuring science becomes a way of thinking and a platform from which to understand our world. Through a scientific enquiry based approach critical thinking skills will be applied as they learn through investigative experiences and active involvement. Across the curriculum through the high quality teaching of the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics we will be preparing the scientists of the future.

Computing

Technology is changing the lives of everyone. Through the teaching of computing we intend to equip children to participate in a rapidly-changing world where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology.

We enable them to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information. Computing skills are a major factor in enabling children to be confident, creative and independent learners. Computers have become a part of everyday life. For most of us, technology is essential to our daily lives, at home and at work. ‘Computational Thinking’ is a skill children must be taught in order to provide them with essential knowledge and skills that will enable them to participate effectively in the digital world.

Computing is an integral part of modern day life and therefore provides a wealth of learning opportunities, explicitly within computing and also across other curriculum subjects.Through the integration of computing technology throughout the curriculum children’s computational thinking is developed, improving their ability to solve problems in a creative, logical and collaborative way – through repeated programming opportunities and opportunities to build understanding and apply the concepts of computer science, information technology and digital literacy.

Geography

We will provide a high quality Geography education which inspires curiosity and fascination about the world. We will teach them about globally significant places, both terrestrial and marine, to equip pupils with a wide knowledge about people and places. Children will be taught about both physical and human characteristics in various locations to provide them with knowledge of natural and human environments. Using this knowledge, they will be able to understand how physical and human geographical features of the world are independent and change over time.

Overtime children will develop competency in their geographical skills in order to collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data including their own gathered through fieldwork experiences. This will allow them to deepen their understanding of various geographical processes, whilst also allowing them to understand about the formation and use of some landscapes and environments.

These well developed skills will allow them to interpret a range of sources of information including maps, diagrams and aerial photographs in preparation for future aspirations and experiences. Teachers at Kingsland will teach children to adequately communicate geographical information in various ways, including digitally, using maps and writing which will allow them to deepen their understanding of Geography.

Art

We aim to inspire our children to achieve the best that they can, providing an education that caters for all needs and learning styles. Through the teaching of Art we aim to achieve this. We are able to present difficult concepts visually, making them more easy to understand and allowing the children to access an entire world beyond their local area through colour, techniques and materials.

The teaching of Art helps children with the development of motor skills, language skills, social skills, decision-making, risk-taking, and inventiveness. Art throughout our school will allow opportunities for all children, and staff, to become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and a range of art techniques. Children will develop critical thinking skills whilst investing art, both old and new, enabling them to design and reflect on their own pieces of work. Art has played a pivotal role throughout history by shaping culture, communities and the wealth of our nation. Our curriculum is designed to inspire creativity and expression in all, from learning about the local pottery industry to investigating art from other countries, our curriculum will broaden horizons and inspire artists of the future.

Design & Technology

Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject that encourages children to learn to think creatively to solve problems both as individuals and as members of a team. We encourage children to use their creativity and imagination, to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems, whilst considering the end users needs and wants. We aim to, wherever possible, link work cross curricular.

Through creative and practical activities, we teach the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in the process of designing and making. Children generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional diagrams and computer aided design, most of which can be completed on the pupil iPads. 

Children here select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks accurately like cutting, shaping, joining and finishing. Children get to work with a variety of materials, textiles and ingredients. Children are taught how to evaluate their ideas and products against their own criteria and consider how they could improve their work.

History

Kingsland history lessons focus on developing historical skills and language, with our children working as budding historians.  We intend for our children to develop a passion for history by providing them with real life experiences to ignite their interest in an active and creative way. 

This is achieved by implementing themed days along with weaving in other subject areas such as Geography and art.  Mapping learning always focuses on the skills and knowledge which needs to be taught, as well as providing enrichment opportunities to encourage children to ask perceptive questions, weigh evidence and think critically.  Through the teaching of history we strive towards our children understanding the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, the process of change and the challenges of their own time.

Modern Foreign Languages

We believe that learning a Modern Foreign Language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural and enriching experience for our children. It helps develop communication skills including key skills of speaking and listening and extends their knowledge of how another language works.  

The language skills developed both verbal and written will aid children when abroad and widen their opportunities while at high school and beyond.  The natural links between languages and the wider curriculum enhance the whole teaching and learning experience.

 

Music

We teach our pupils to deepen their knowledge and passion for Music using a holistic approach. The related skills of playing, singing, listening and creating music are introduced and revisited throughout each year group, resulting in deeper and richer musical outcomes.

We would like to broaden their musical experiences and give them opportunities to experience music from different periods, genres and styles and offer pupils the chance to listen, perform, review and evaluate a range of musical opportunities. We would like to link technology with these skills allowing our children to have fun and explore their talents. We aim to remove barriers to create the confidence in children to believe in the possibility a musical career. Music should engage and inspire pupils to release their creative sides and develop their critical thinking skills and ultimately their love of music! 

Physical Education

Physical Education is important as it teaches the children to improve the quality of their life. Through consistent activity and exercise, children boost their stamina and enhance their ability to concentrate and focus. Through Physical Education we aim to follow a sequential, developmental curriculum that progressively builds on past experiences and incorporates new experiences.

Through the teaching of Physical Education we challenge and inspire children to achieve, improve their health and develop positive relationships. Our children are offered opportunities to compete in competitive sports and activities through inter and intra competitions. Through continuous CPD for all staff, we ensure that staff are confident in delivering quality P.E sessions, promoting successful learning experiences and encouraging children to become confident participants in sport, enabling children to develop creativity and cooperative and competitive skills. Children are encouraged to develop leadership skills in order to build character and through the notion of fair play, honest competition and good sportsmanship, values of fairness and respect are embedded. 

P.S.H.E

A high quality education in Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) will involve pupils developing a greater insight into themselves and each other. Through carefully crafted discussions and activities, they will explore a range of different types of feelings and examine their personal relationships at home and at school.

Pupils will be encouraged to view themselves as a valued and unique member of society, with their own individual set of strengths. They will acquire practical ways in which they can keep themselves safe in the modern world, including how they can keep themselves safe on line. Learning will take place through a variety of different means, including discussion and drama. Pupils will be encouraged to think critically about some of their own pre existing mindsets in order to approach tasks with greater levels of positivity. They will also develop their listening skills and awareness of how to display a respectful attitude towards others. 

Religious Education

A high quality education in religious education will involve pupils gaining a clear understanding of the main principals of Christianity and a variety of other world religions, namely Islam, Judaism, and Hinduism. Pupils will acquire this understanding both through classroom learning and first hand experiences.

They will have the opportunity to observe and handle key religious artefacts and visit religious buildings in order to enhance their learning. Teaching should equip pupils with the confidence to express their religious views freely as part of classroom discussions and to generate further, deeper questions linked to faith and philosophical enquiry. A curiosity within pupils and an acceptance of differing beliefs should be fostered at all times. As children progress in their understanding, they will compare and contrast different religions and some of their central belief systems. Close links to English skills including reading, writing and speaking and listening will be cultivated throughout. Teaching will be completed sensitively at all times, with an awareness of the different beliefs and attitudes that may be in operation within the classroom.

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