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Eastfield Academy

Eastfield Academy is part of the David Ross Education Trust and is a good and rapidly improving school where everyone has the opportunity to succeed.

Curriculum

We give each pupil the opportunity to make excellent progress in each of the National Curriculum subjects.

The full range of the National Curriculum is covered in a broad and balanced way. All children are provided with opportunities to develop English and Maths skills across all curriculum areas.

For information on each subject click the sub-heading below.

To see a breakdown of the curriculum subjects by year please click on the documents below.

If you would like further information about the curriculum followed at Eastfield Academy please contact us.

Phonics 

At Eastfield Academy we teach phonics using Read Write Inc (RWI). This is a systematic approach to the teaching of reading and enables children to become accurate and speedy readers.

RWI is used for children in Foundation Stage to Year 2 who are learning to read and write, children in years 2, 3 and 4 who need to catch up rapidly and struggling readers in years 5 and 6. Phonics is taught daily at 8.50am.

The first 10 minutes of a session includes:

  • Rapid introduction of a new sound, with a picture clue
  • Revisit and review using previous taught sounds
  • Reading using three methods; Fred out loud, Fred in head and reading on sight
  • Spelling using your fingers to sound out the word.

The next 30 minutes includes:

  • Speed sounds
  • An introduction to new vocabulary, which can be found in the RWI guided reading books
  • Reading a book with their partner
  • Questions to read and answer
  • Reading the story with fluency and expression

Reading

Reading is a central part of the curriculum and we expect that all pupils develop their reading both in school and at home. With such high expectations, we recommend pupils read at least three times a week at home and that reading records are completed by parents and guardians so that progress can be monitored and there is a positive home-school link. 

Through reading, children have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables children both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. At Eastfield Academy, we highly value reading as a key life skill, and are dedicated to enabling our children to become lifelong readers. We believe reading is the bedrock of success in education. This is why we use Talk for Reading as a methodology. It is powerful because it is based on the principles of how individuals learn. It is a fully inclusive method of teaching reading with the movement from imitation to investigation to independent application, which can be adapted to suit the needs of learners of any stage. 

We aim for children to be able to: 

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

 We promote reading for pleasure at our school by:

  • Access to the library weekly for all pupils during lunchtime where children are encouraged to read high quality literature and given the opportunity to read and share their passion for reading.
  • Engaging class reading areas in every classroom which are stocked with a range of classic and contemporary texts.
  • Displays around school which promote a love of reading.
  • Class novels which are shared with pupils daily.
  • Daily reading across the curriculum. 

Writing

At Eastfield Academy, we follow the Talk4Writing (T4W) approach to teach writing in English lessons and across the curriculum. The T4W approach enables children to read and write independently for a variety of audiences and purposes within different subjects. A key feature is that children internalise the language structures needed to write through ‘talking the text’ as well as close reading. The approach moves from dependence towards independence with the teacher using shared and guided teaching to develop the ability in children to write creatively and powerfully.

By the time the children reach the end of our writing curriculum, in Year 6, our pupils will have experienced a range of quality writing models, quality supporting literature to deepen their understanding of each text type, been exposed to and learnt challenging vocabulary, internalised writerly tools (specific to styles of writing) and composed pieces of writing independently. All evidence of the pupils learning will be recorded in their writing books. 

Spelling:

At Eastfield Academy, we use the Read Write Inc. Spelling programme. Although the teaching of phoneme-grapheme correspondence underpins this programme, it also develops children’s knowledge of word families, how suffixes impact upon root words, and provides mnemonics to remember the trickiest spellings.

The teaching revolves around instruction (with the help of online alien characters), partner and group practice, and competitive group challenges that help children commit new words to memory.

Oracy:

Learning to talk

There are four strands of talk that we focus on which are: linguistic, physical, cognitive and social & emotional. Teachers support students to recognise how these elements support good talk. All of these components are skills required by pupils for education and life.

Learning through talk 

Oracy also supports learning. Through debating, discussing and deliberating over ideas students are cognitively stretched and challenged to formulate their own opinions and come to shared decisions. Moreover, it is also fundamental to supporting the development of reading and writing skills. 

We have a commitment to promote oracy across the curriculum, and in every lesson. Staff and pupils practise and use a shared language for oracy and are familiar with a range of approaches for organising, promoting and reviewing talk.

We ensure the wider curriculum has opportunities to use talk within a range of motivating contexts and for different purposes. At Eastfield we also concentrate on debates, speech days and poetry recitals over the year. 

Maths

We use a mastery approach to the teaching of mathematics and use Effective Maths resources. It is a comprehensive framework for ensuring high quality maths teaching. As such, it consists of a number of non-negotiable elements. First and foremost is an emphasis on high quality CPD for teachers. Through the CPD, the key features that comprise Effective Maths are developed. The key features are:

  • procedural and conceptual understanding
  • variation
  • mathematical patterns, relationships and connections

Alongside this, key instructional routines are embedded to ensure highly effective whole class teaching. These include:

  • basic classroom transitions;
  • managing whole class choral response;
  • managing effective partner work;
  • ‘tell yourself’;
  • ‘my turn, your turn’.

Computing 

At Eastfield Academy we understand how vitally important it is that children are digitally literate. Computing is used across the curriculum to help consolidate and enhance concepts and ideas. There is ample opportunity for collaborative work, where children are equipped with the programming skills and aspects of computer science which will help them acquire the skills and understanding of how technology is used in society and the wider world. Children will also develop the necessary skills to stay safe online, be responsible and respectful.

RE

RE at Eastfield Academy follows the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education for the Northamptonshire region. This develops children’s knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes in Religious Education. These are necessary for pupils' self-fulfilment and development as active and responsible citizens. Each of the major world religions are covered within the units for the Agreed Syllabus. 

First-hand experiences, the use of artefacts, visits to local places of worship and visits from local religious leaders are all planned to enhance enjoyment and understanding in RE. We also enable pupils to develop their own sense of identity and knowledge, understanding and sensitivity to the needs and contributions of all citizens and to understand that that we live in a diverse society.

Science

Science is covered  through the Core Knowledge Curriculum. Each half term every year group works through exciting topics which ensure that the children receive a balance of biology, physics and chemistry at an appropriate level. In addition to exposing children to the knowledge and understanding required for each of these topics, the children also complete hands-on investigations to ensure they are given opportunities to work scientifically and encourage individual scientific enquiry.

Linking Science with the other STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) allows pupils to become the critical and creative thinkers that they need to be to thrive in future society.

History 

At Eastfield Academy we develop children’s understanding of the past, through a curriculum that inspires their curiosity. Our History Curriculum is sequenced coherently so useful knowledge builds through three distinct strands; Ancient and World History, British History and Civil Rights and Equalities. History equips pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. It helps children to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.

Geography

At Eastfield Academy the children’s understanding of the world is developed through a curriculum that inspires their curiosity and fascination of the world and its people. Lessons 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. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world helps them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the framework and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time. 

Art and Design

The children’s creative talents are developed through their experiences of Art and Design. 

The focus of our arts curriculum is to develop proficiencies in drawing, painting, colour theory, shade and sculpture, therefore equipping pupils with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Alongside these skills we will develop children’s knowledge of a range of artists and designs, their critical awareness and ability to critic their own work as well as the work of others. Pupils will learn about know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

In Design and Technology lessons children have planned opportunities to use their creativity and imagination, to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts. Our DT Curriculum includes links to designs and designers throughout history, enabling children to critically reflect upon and evaluate their own designs. 

Our enrichment programme, supported by the Trust, enables us to provide a range of rich experiences in the arts. Experiences include our dance troupe performing at a local theatre, trips to see the opera, taking part in a debating workshop and then debating against other schools at the theatre, our choir performing at Trust concerts and within the local community. 

Eastfield has recently received the Artsmark Silver award.

The school celebrates the diverse heritage of its pupils through cross-curricular arts opportunities in which parents are actively engaged by sharing cultural traditions, such as Mehndi.
Artsmark Sept 2019

Personal, Social and Health Education 

Our PSHE curriculum is planned so our pupils have the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepared for life and work.

At Eastfield we follow the Jigsaw PSHE programme that includes statutory Relationships and Health Education (England), in a spiral, progressive and fully planned scheme of work. We provide our children with relevant learning experiences to help them navigate their world and to develop positive relationships with themselves and others. With strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health, Jigsaw supports us to deliver engaging and relevant PSHE within a whole-school approach. Our Jigsaw lessons also include mindfulness allowing children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus.

Our PSHE curriculum aims to ensure that all children learn the fundamental British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

Physical Education

We actively encourage physical activity to aid the growth and development of children. Our P.E. curriculum reflects this.

We are following our Trust Horizon Programme in EYFS and KS1 which develops balance, movement and basic skills such as throwing and catching, dribbling and striking. KS2 focus on a games based curriculum covering the main sports such as football, netball, basketball, athletics and rugby, alongside a comprehensive gymnastics programme. In Year 5 and Year 6 the children receive swimming instruction to develop the number of Year 6 children who can swim 25m.

We run various sports club during lunchtimes and after school so your child can pursue their sporting interests and develop their skills. Our sports specialism at Eastfield is hockey and we have enjoyed success at many trust and town hockey tournaments. 

DRET hold an annual Summer Cup event so the children have the opportunity to be part of trials, training sessions and then to represent their school at a high level.  Other sporting opportunities such as masterclasses also arise throughout the year as part of the DRET enrichment programmes. We are very fortunate to have visits from professional athletes who have supported our sports training within school

 

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.

Click here to find out more about British Values at our academy

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