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Nottingham Primary Academy

Curriculum 2019/20

At Nottingham Academy our curriculum provides a wide range of opportunities to help our pupils acquire knowledge, understanding and skills in all aspects of their education including the humanities and linguistic, mathematical, scientific, technical, social, physical and artistic learning. 

It is important to us that our curriculum is thoughtfully put together and it is structured appropriately. Lessons are sequenced in a way that is right for our pupils and supports learning and development for all our pupils.  

It is paramount to us that our curriculum is broad, and captivating and we have designed it with three goals in mind:  

  • To give pupils appropriate experiences to develop as confident, responsible citizens who connect with their future possibilities

  • To provide a rich ‘cultural capital’ 

  • To provide a coherent, progressive and structured curriculum that enables all pupils to learn, develop and experience success

Great Learning  

Successful learning occurs when learners have ownership of their learning, when they understand the goals they are aiming for, when crucially the are motivates and have the skills to achieve success. Our daily teaching techniques promote this way of learning and help give our pupils increased self-esteem, greater independence and ultimately high achievement.  

Cultural Capital   

This is the background knowledge of the world our pupils need to infer meaning from what they read, promoting reading continuously is our key feature. Cultural Capital includes vocabulary which, in turn, helps pupils to express themselves in a sophisticated, mature way. 

Phonics and Reading in year 

In Key Stage 1 phonics is taught daily and in addition to our other reading and literacy learning we follow the letters and sounds programme.  This programme introduces our children to new phonemes in phases and allows them to practise their segmenting and blending for reading.  Children’s reading books are matched to their current phonics level as well as their interests.   

Religious Education at our Academy

Our Primary Academy follows the syllabus set out by Nottinghamshire County Council. For more information and an in-depth review please see the attached document: 

Implementation 

We have identified both whole school adventure-based themes, these will remain and evolve further for 2019/20, and our continuous provision aspects, these are non-negotiable. Aspects within the intra-curriculum and other cross-curricular aspects have been mapped out so we have clear structure. 

INTRA-CURRICULUM:  Designing provision effectively within a subject. 

CROSS-CURRICULAR:  Purposefully connecting aspects of the curriculum. 

CONTINOUS PROVISION:  Embedding strong daily routines. 

Cross-Curricular multi-disciplinary learning 

Whole school adventure-based themes for 2019/20 

Autumn 1 (2019) The Adventurer – Create a drama in the wild
Autumn 2 (2019) The Discoverer – Create a piece of wild art
Spring 1 (2020) The Explorer – Find your way with a map
Spring 2 (2020) The Tracker – Life in water 
Summer 1 (2020) The Ranger - Terrific trees 
Summer 2 (2020) The Adventurer – Build a den or a shelter 

Continuous Provision 

Strong daily routines – incorporating our core values: Respect, Compassion, Listening, Kindness, Gratitude, Love, Friendship and Care. 

  1. Reading

  1. Handwriting

  1. Counting, mental calculation and time

  1. Moving

  1. Singing/poetry

  1. Reflection (thinking/imagining) 

Want to find out more about our curriculum? 

During our academic year we invite parents and prospective parents into our Academy where we discuss our curriculum in more depth. If you would like any further information please do not hesitate to get in touch with Mr Jones - Principal of our Primary Academy. 

We are proud to say we are building a curriculum that is captivating and provides a platform for our pupils to learn and develop.