Our Curriculum

At Leverton Church of England Academy, teachers are responsible for ensuring the best possible learning opportunities are planned, delivered and monitored for all pupils. Excellent subject knowledge and pedagogy is crucial in maintaining consistently high levels of pupil achievement and together, as a staff team, our pupils receive the very best.

Our broad and balanced curriculum is underpinned from The Cornerstones Curriculum, providing children with a knowledge and skills filled education taken from the National Curriculum. We adapt this curriculum accordingly to suit our pupils ensuring essential skills are embedded throughout our topics.

Classes have an over-arching topic each half term, which begins with a ‘hook day’ to engage and immerse the children in a memorable experience related to their topic. Teachers plan lessons using Cornerstones topic planning and resources to meet the National Curriculum objectives across all subject areas. Teachers may use Cornerstones lesson ideas as a starting point, but are encouraged to add their own creative ideas and adapt the teaching and learning to meet the children’s individual needs. Children’s skills are developed throughout these chosen topics as teachers provide opportunities for children to: Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express the skills they have learnt – These opportunities will support their independence.

Art

This subject includes both two and three-dimensional work and an appreciation of the work of great artists and craftspeople. Our key aim is to enable pupils to express an imaginative perspective to produce their individual ideas in high quality work.

 

Art and Design fosters learning through 'doing' and it provides an excellent basis for enhancing and consolidating work in other areas.

 

Pupils are encouraged to develop their understanding of colour, tone, form, texture, line, pattern and their ability to use materials and processes to communicate ideas, feelings and meanings.

 

Pupils have many opportunities to master their techniques in using many different mediums including a variety of paper, pastels, paint, clay and textiles.

Computing

We have invested greatly in technology in order to provide our pupils with as much opportunity to explore new technologies. We have laptop computers, electronic computing devices and iPads. Each classroom is also fitted with an interactive learning board, projector and WiFi throughout the school.

 

Our three key aims of this area of the curriculum are to ensure our pupils are:

•  Digital Citizens – who are safe and responsible.

•  Digital Creators – who are logical and creative.

•  Digital Communicators – who are digitally literate.

 

These aims are covered through the threads of data handling, multimedia, e-safety, programming and learning about the uses of technology in our everyday lives. Learning how to use ICT effectively goes on throughout the curriculum but learning about computing and how to create programs etc. is taught in discrete lessons.

Design Technology

This is a very practical ‘hands on’ subject! Through projects linked to topics and focussed practical activities, pupils learn key skills in the areas of food, structures, textiles, mechanisms and electrical systems. They regularly apply these skills through ‘Design and Make’ projects. Here pupils design products to meet specific criteria to solve a real-life problem, follow through their plans and make the product then evaluate it against the original criteria. Cooking and nutrition is a key area of learning and there is an emphasis on the preparation of food for healthy living.

English

Throughout the curriculum, our key aims are to ensure our pupils can read well, both for enjoyment and to find out information, and have a strong command of both the written and spoken word. Literacy lessons take place in the mornings, focussing on reading, composition in both speech and in writing, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation, spelling and handwriting.

French

In Key Stage 2 we teach French once a week to our children. This is taught using Language Angels – A system which provides exciting and engaging resources for pupils, offers individual lesson plans and supports teachers with their own subject knowledge. Again, teachers will adapt these resources and starting points accordingly to meet the needs of their children. Our children thoroughly enjoy learning French and been exposed to a new language, supporting engagement and progress.

Humanities - History & Geography

The history curriculum adds the most to our topics and our pupils are fascinated by the past. We aim to expand their breadth of knowledge from the Stone Age to the Vikings and about significant figures or significant events.

 

Pupils use a variety of resources to learn about the human and geographical features of places further afield, so that they can compare them with Leverton. As our pupils’ understanding grows, they learn more about the formation of landscapes and about physical features such as Volcanoes and Earthquakes.

 

They also learn about the history of the wider world and about societies that contrast with ours, such as the Aztec Civilization. Through their history topics, we aim to develop our pupils’ skills in thinking critically, weighing up the evidence and developing their own perspective on the past.

 

Maths

At Leverton Academy we understand the learning process that suits the needs of our pupils, this knowledge enables teachers to plan and deliver high quality Maths learning. Teachers use AFL skills consistently and confidently to gage children’s prior learning and then plan and teach the objectives outlined for their year group within the National Curriculum (following the Cornerstones objectives). Teachers teach a mathematical skill or concept through using the concrete, pictorial and abstract (CPA) framework. CPA is a highly effective approach to teaching that develops a deep and sustainable understanding which leads to secure application. From there, the children are given a range of varied fluency and reasoning questions to deepen and embed their mathematical understanding; encouraging them to make links and connections to other areas within Maths This approach supports pupil progress, confidence and deepens pupil’s understanding and application of skills.

Music & Performing Arts

Our pupils have a real passion for music so, in addition to the class music lessons, we learn and perform a variety of music in our singing assemblies.

 

Each year our school choir travel to a hospice and share their passion for singing with patients there. Throughout the year, as part of the variety of school events we hold, children often share performances of their favourite songs and curriculum knowledge.

 

In addition we have musical performances throughout the year so there is always an opportunity for your child to perform.

PSHE

Through this subject we encourage the children to stay as healthy as possible. We strive to give the children self-awareness and confidence to keep themselves and others safe. We give the children positive self-esteem, to enable the children to have worthwhile and fulfilling relationships, whilst respecting the difference between people.

 

We develop their independence and responsibility so that they can make the most of their own and others’ abilities and play an active role as members of a democratic society.

Phonics

Phonics makes the links between letters and the sounds they represent. Children need to learn the sounds for not only the 26 letters in the alphabet but also the 44 main phonemes in the English language. They also need to learn that some sounds have more than one way of being written. We begin teaching this phonetic knowledge in Foundation, using a systematic progression scheme called ‘Read, Write Inc’, enabling the children to apply their knowledge to simple reading books at an early stage.

 

Home tasks help to reinforce the children’s learning and begins the process of homework for later years. All children will take part in a statutory screening of phonics knowledge at the end of Year 1.

P.E

Our children access 2 hours of Physical Education each week. Within the curriculum they are taught team games, gymnastics, dance, ball skills and children in Years 3-5 access school swimming. In addition to this, outdoor, adventurous activities and a range of new sports are offered to children via external coaches. The curriculum focuses on building children's fundamental skills linked to the area of P.E being taught; they are then applied in a game or performance context allowing the children to apply what they have learnt.

As a school we encourage children to take part in extracurricular activities and sporting events with/against other school in the local area. The children at Leverton Academy also take part in active gap breaks from learning to ensure they receive 30 minutes of active learning a day.

Reading

Reading is an essential life skill which helps us to make sense of the world. We want every child to become confident, independent readers, using books for fun and enjoyment as well as a source of knowledge and ideas.

Reading is the key to building a love of learning. It is fundamental in a child’s ability to be a successful, confident learner and builds on vocabulary knowledge which supports young writers. At Leverton Church of England Academy reading is split into two categories: Comprehension & decoding.

v Decoding is a child’s ability to read words, sentences, paragraphs and books.v Comprehension is a child’s understanding of what they have read.

Decoding is assessed through a reading record which travels from reception with a child. It contains the key words and learning from Read Write Inc where staff record what each child is independently able to do.

Read Write Inc is a scheme we follow, proven to support attainment and progress in phonics and reading. This is consistently taught in EYFS and Key Stage 1. Children should be able to read fluently by the end of Key Stage 1, we refer to fluently as 90 words per minute, therefore we aim for children in Year 2 to be exiting this explicit phonics teaching by Spring 1.

Decoding and comprehension is then taught alongside writing in Key Stage 2 to help support grammar and spelling patterns.

All our reading books are colour banded for ease of identification by ourselves and the children, progress through the different stages is guided by the child’s individual needs at any time.

 

As the children read more independently, they have a good selection of longer, ‘chapter’ books to choose from. These may be organised by genre or by author to allow the children to make either a familiar and safe selection or to try a different style of writing. The children also have access to a wide selection of non-fiction texts in the School Library.

 

Children will be listened to as they read, either individually or in guided group sessions with an adult wherever appropriate. It is crucial to their reading development that they are also listened to at home by different adults, on a regular basis.

RE

Religious Education is taught to all children across the academy. This is taught using resources from the Nottinghamshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education & the Understanding Christianity scheme of work. Within the R.E curriculum children develop their understanding of the major World religions, exploring the main themes, beliefs and practices. Much of the work in R.E is developed through class discussion and feedback, each class has a class R.E book where discussion notes and work samples can be recorded. Each classroom has a reflection area which children are able to use at any point throughout the school day. When teaching Religious Education, teachers are encouraged to teach from the reflection area and may wish to light a candle to represent a time for reflection.

Sex & Relationships

As a church school, we aim to present our programme of sex education within a moral, family orientated and Christian framework. Children are taught at an age-appropriate stage about health and hygiene, medicines and drugs, relationships (especially friends and family) and puberty. Parents and Carers are seen as partners in this process and are kept fully informed of the work undertaken, particularly in Years 5 and 6.

Science

“The important thing is to never stop questioning”Within our academy we teach Science using two main themes:

Working scientifically (Enquiry skills)

Knowledge

science topics cover specific phenomena in biology, chemistry or physics but there is a very practical approach in pupils gaining this knowledge and lessons are fun and exciting.

Throughout all topics, pupils develop their scientific skills and complete a full investigation where they can apply their new knowledge and use their maths and literacy skills to present their findings.

At Leverton Church of England Academy Science is taught alongside the wider curriculum, however to meet the coverage expectations we teach science discreetly when appropriate. Where possible, science lessons should have an aspect of ‘Working Scientifically’ in which one aspect of the ‘Enquiry skills’ is taught. It is expected that pupils will revisit these enquiry skills throughout the year in order to support attainment and progress of this core subject.

Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar

After children have finished the ‘Read, Write Inc’ phonics programme and are confident at decoding and phonetically spelling words, they begin to be taught the rules surrounding spelling more complicated vocabulary, with the aim of teaching skills that transfer across their entire writing.

Punctuation and Grammar are taught as part of each child’s Literacy lessons, although sometimes we discreetly teach more complex patterns and rules through an allocated time in the school day, usually before lunch.

Children move between ‘SPAG’ - Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar - groups depending on the needs of each individual, that way we can be confident that everyone is receiving skills and knowledge that will help them in the next steps of their learning.

Writing

We work hard to be great writers too and everyone takes great pride in their written work.

At Leverton Church of England Academy our pupils leave our school confident, independent writers. We teach writing through the wider curriculum linked to our exciting, engaging topics. We ensure to use high quality texts and visual Literacy to hook our pupils, where we expose children to a range of writing purposes.

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