About our Curriculum
At Kidgate Primary Academy we believe our curriculum should inspire, excite, motivate and challenge our children to develop a love of learning, beyond that of the classroom. Through it we wish to ensure a rigorous learning of new skills whilst giving children the opportunity to build upon, develop and apply what they already know to a range of different contexts. We are passionate about ensuring our approach allows children to engage with their learning at a deep level, allowing plenty of opportunity to use Meta-cognition (sometimes known as ‘learning to learn’) and self-regulation approaches which aim to help learners think about their own learning more explicitly, and monitor and evaluate their own academic development.
As an Academy, we have chosen to follow the Programmes of Study (POS) linked to the National Curriculum. Our preferred approach to delivering the objectives in Reading and Writing is through an approach called Talk 4 Writing. This develops into a ‘Reading Through to Writing’ approach higher up the school, using books as the initial stimulus. We cover progression in genres, and strive, where possible, to link our books to reflect cross curricular links to other subject areas of the curriculum, which we deliver through the International Primary Curriculum (IPC).
The International Primary Curriculum is a comprehensive, thematic, creative curriculum for 3-11 year olds, with a clear process of learning and with specific learning goals for every subject, for international mindedness and for personal learning. The non-core subjects are broken down by age group and are taught through the International Primary Curriculum in segments called ‘Mileposts' and ‘Units of Work’. Within this, subjects are blocked in order to facilitate better quality learning, through providing a sustained and concentrated approach, leading to a deeper learning experience.
We have chosen the IPC at Kidgate as it ensures broad learning experiences and allows teachers to make learning exciting, active and meaningful for children. When learning through the IPC, the children also concentrate on an international and global element; in addition, we help children to connect their learning to where they live as well as looking at learning viewpoints of other people around the world. We aim to provide opportunities so that our curriculum is supported and enhanced by a range of experiences, visits and activities; all designed to heighten and enrich learning.
We take our inspiration from the ideas in the IPC, but then adapt the content to suit the needs of our pupils, matching the objectives to the new programmes of study. As we move through the year – our curriculum maps will develop, which will document the arrangement we have used to cover subjects and their POS.
We will soon be introducing P4C, which is an approach to support children in their thinking, reasoning and questioning, as well as the way the children speak and listen to each other in the dialogue. This has an impact on children's cognitive, social and emotional development. and is about getting children to think and communicate well; to think better for themselves.
Our approach to Numeracy has been driven by what we are being told by NCETM. We will endeavour to make our numeracy teaching, fluid, dynamic and exciting - linked to problem solving and using applying knowledge, skills and understanding to a wide range of context and across all subjects. Click on the following links: Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6
Our Spelling starts with a systematic phonics programme called Read, Write, Inc. which 7 out of the 12 schools in the HMI Ofsted report 'Reading by Six: How the best schools do it' use. Once children have completed the phonics programme, which we aim for them to do across Y1, they move on to KS1 Spelling Pathways & KS2 Spelling Pathways, which involves teaching spelling strategies taken from a combination of Support for Spelling and Spelling Bank. In addition, children learn individual spellings and spelling & grammar rules that have highlighted themselves to teachers during children’s work.
Our Early Years Curriculum is designed to support children’s learning across all areas, through the provision of both planned and child-initiated purposeful activities and experiences within an environment of high quality resources and interactions. It recognises each child as an individual with their own interests, motivations and needs.
*Children in Years 2 & 6 will continue to be taught and assessed under the old curriculum and sub-level assessment system for this academic year.
NB: To find out more about the curriculum we are following please click the links contained within this commentary.