Eastfield Academy Curriculum Statement
At Eastfield Academy we provide a safe and secure environment where all pupils feel valued and respected as individuals and ready to learn.
Curriculum Overview Knowledge-Based Curriculum
At Eastfield 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 knowledge-based curriculum is for pupils to have the requisite knowledge, skills and wider understanding to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for their next stage of education. Within this curriculum the pupils will develop their learning of key facts, important events and will develop their understanding of the world around us.
Starting with their immediate locality in Geography the curriculum will grow throughout each year ensuring that all children will leave year six to begin their next adventures with an understanding of the world in a way that contextualizes events, people and places in relation to their understanding of our locality and the wider world. Each year will also develop their understanding of Great Britain, Europe and the rest of the world through historical events from the Ice Age, Ancient Egyptians, the Crusades and throughout British History until the start of the 1900s.
The knowledge-based curriculum also includes a progressive science element. This is structured to allow clear scientific skills to be developed through scientific enquiry and experimentation, and to encourage pupils to develop lively, enquiring minds.
Alongside these key foci each year group will engage in General Knowledge lessons. These are creative and key knowledge-based lessons where the children will be focusing on developing their understanding of the arts, music and key scientists. Half of this curriculum time is dedicated to the development of a high-quality computing education which will equip the pupils to use computational thinking.
We believe that our curriculum should be rich, varied and engaging as well as delivering the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to become successful and contributing members of society with the resilience to cope with every day challenges. To support this we provide a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities, visits and visitors whilst also offering a substantial enrichment programme.
We believe that knowledge, understanding and the successful application of the English language is a fundamental life skill; it develops children’s ability to communicate their experiences, desires and knowledge effectively and successfully. Throughout our school, we aim to nurture and develop independent readers and writers through purposeful, engaging and developmental lessons which link to our rich and stimulating creative curriculum work.
During our Talk for Writing lessons, we support our children to express themselves creatively and imaginatively, as they become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama; as well as non-fiction and media texts.
Our children also gain an understanding of how language works by looking at its patterns, structures and origins and use their knowledge, skills and understanding across a range of different situations.
Here at Eastfield Academy we are committed to ensuring that all children develop the ability to communicate fluently and effectively. We do this by delivering a designated English lesson a day in addition to Read Write Inc lessons. Read Write Inc is designed to support early readers with phonic development and initial reading skills such as blending and comprehension.
The daily Talk for Writing lessons are linked to the current national curriculum objectives. The units of work begin with a cold write which is an independent piece of writing to assess previous understanding and knowledge. The children then repeat this task in a different context at the end of the unit as a hot write. This showcases the progress and learning that have taken place across the unit.
Eastfield Academy follow the Read Write Inc Spelling programme to ensure that our children become competent and confident spellers building on prior knowledge of spelling rules. We also encourage and teach cursive handwriting throughout the school from early years to year 6.
Phonics and Reading
The Read, Write Inc scheme for phonics and reading is used across the school. All of our staff, including support staff have had the full training to deliver the programme successfully. Read Write Inc starts in Early Years and enables learner to quickly use phonic skills for reading and then writing.
Children learn to read each and every day and directly taught during specific reading sessions. The approach we use is called Active Reading and this takes place daily throughout the school. Active reading is an approach to reading which is based on reciprocal reading. Teachers have access to a range or class novels which have been carefully selected tor each year group.
Reciprocal reading is a well-researched method used to develop learners’ reading skills, promote higher order thinking, develop listening and talking, and ensure access to the curriculum for all learners.
Its aims are to:
improve reading comprehension through the use of four reading strategies: predicting (Work It Out), questioning (Question It), clarifying (Clear It Up) and summarising (Sum it Up)
scaffold the four strategies by modelling, guiding and applying the strategies while reading
enable pupils to reflect on their reading and develop higher order thinking skills
use the social nature of learning to improve reading comprehension
be one strategy in promoting literacy across learning in all areas
Every day all pupils also have DEAR time which means 'Drop Everything And Read'.
We have a variety of books in our reading scheme, classrooms and library. We encourage pupils to read regularly at home and pupils must read at least three times a week in order to be 'Good as Gold' in line with our behaviour policy.
The teaching of maths is planned carefully to meet the needs of every child at Eastfield School. Effective Maths is used to support children to progress quickly and develop a mastery understanding of mathematical process.
Planning is based on the new national curriculum standards and used to facilitate high quality teaching and learning. Every child at Kings Heath has daily timetables practice and regular maths homework.
Furthermore, where possible, we believe that maths should be taught in context. We particularly value the importance of children understanding the reason why their mathematical learning will be relevant to them in the real world and demonstrate a clear purpose for learning mathematical skills.
Eastfield Academy recognises the importance of having understanding of major world religions, and has forged worthwhile links with members of the Christian and non- Christian religions in nearby communities within the area.
The aims of religious education
The overall aims of religious education are to enable learners to become:
- successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
- confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
- responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society
At Eastfield Academy we follow the RE curriculum and advice given by Northampton SACRE.
Children will be helped to develop an awareness of the world around them through the exploration of religious, cultural, social and ethnic issues. As well as having knowledge and understanding of religions, they are encouraged to respond to questions of meaning and value.
David Ross Education Trust and British Values:
The Trust is very supportive of the ethos of promoting British Values, and preparing our pupils for success in a modern Britain. A heavy reliance is placed upon broadening horizons for each and every child and this includes developing the core skills of tolerance, respect, teamwork, resilience and building self esteem. These are all values and qualities that we feel are relevant in order to play a full and meaningful role in society, and are promoted via our extensive house system that lends itself to cultural and sporting competition, democratic principles, social mixing, the development of greater pastoral care and enhanced PSHE.
To find out more about British Values at Eastfield Academy, please download the document on the left-hand side of the page.