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Curriculum Information

At Burnley Road Academy We Value

Courage, Compassion, Perseverance and Teamwork

Curriculum Statement 2021-2022

Intent

As an academy we strive to provide the highest standards of education in a safe, caring environment where everybody feels welcome and included, respected and valued; and where all achievements are recognised. Above all we want our children to enjoy coming to school and to enjoy learning so that they develop the knowledge and skills that will allow them to live happy and successful lives.

We believe children should develop the core values of: "Courage, Compassion, Perseverence and Teamwork". We intend to deliver a curriculum that develops these values, alongside a a broad range of knowledge and skills; with clearly planned progression in each subject that leads to long term recall and appropriate skills for life in the 21st Century.

We intend to:

  • Develop positive attitudes and values including good manners, tolerance, respect for others and compassion.
  • Encourage good behaviour, confidence and self-esteem.
  • Create a learning culture that recognises the value of courage, ambition, resilience and independence.
  • Teach a broad, balanced curriculum that incorporates all core and non-core subjects.
  • Enrich our curriculum learning through visits, visitors and links with the wider community.
  • Develop knowledge and skills skills necessary for life in the future.
  • Provide knowledge and experiences that lead to good health, physical fitness and an enjoyment of leisure activities.
  • Give responsibility to learners and develop their self-confidence by contributing to the community.
  • Encourage children to try new things, think creatively, find solutions to problems and co-operate with others when part of a team.
  • Encourage our young people to be good citizens who are willing to contribute to their community. 
  • Ensure that every child is encouraged to become the very best they can be and prepared for life beyond primary school.

Please see the subject tabs on the left for more detail about what is included in each subject and follow the link below to see the full Primary National Curriculum.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-primary-curriculum

Implementation

Our subjects include: English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, History, Geography, Religion, Art and Design, Design Technology, Music, P.E. and PSHE. We endeavour to provide a wide range of opportunities for SMSC - Spritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education. There are also a wide range of extra- curricular activities that support learning and progress. 

Most of our curriculum is delivered through separate subjects. English and Mathematics are taught every day. Other subjects are taught weekly. History and Geography are taught through termly topics and Art and Design is often linked in.

Impact

Our academic outcomes are in line with national averages. During Osfted November 2016 it was noted that our children's behaviour is extremely good and that children are kind and considerate; consistently polite and courteous.

Further Detail

The subsequent pages provide an overview of the curriculum content we offer. Further details can be found under the subject tabs on the left and in  the half termly newsletters on the class pages of this website.

We have a long term overview of topics and units covered by Years 1-6. Teachers are able to move the topics around to best suit links with other subjects so some units may be covered in different terms- but all are covered within the year. Further details can be found on the half termly newsletters on the class pages of this website or by contacting the Headteacher, Mrs Cope. See our “Contact us” page for details.

FS- Ideas for home

We follow the new Early Years Foundation Stage framework and work around the seven areas of learning. Here are a few ideas to help you to support your child's learning at home.

Personal, Social, Emotional Development

  • Encourage your child to say please and thank you.
  • Encourage your child to take his/her own coat on and off.
  • When playing with your child, support them in sharing toys.
  • Allow them to choose some toys themselves and reflect on opinions about these toys; e.g. this is my favourite doll/car.
  • Ensure that your child is able to go to the toilet unaided.
  • Try to support your child in taking turns with others.
  • Encourage your child to talk about their feelings.

Physical development

  • Encourage your child to handle small and large equipment.
  • Allow your child to use scissors and develop their skills.
  • Allow your child to run, hop, skip, jump and find different ways of travelling.
  • Play games such as follow the leader and change actions to develop motor skills and coordination.
  • Discuss changes to their bodies after exercise; heart beating faster, feeling hot

Communication and language

  • Talk to your child, ask them about their day at school, who they have played with, what they have done
  • Talk about rhymes and rhyming words
  • Listen and talk about different sounds in the environment
  • When reading stories use different voice sounds
  • Read repetitive stories so that your child can join in with repeated refrains
  • Play games such as Simon says to encourage listening skills

Mathematics

  • Practise counting groups of objects in pictures and stories; pose questions such as how many altogether? Which number is one more?
  • Count out loud with your child saying the names of numbers clearly.
  • Show numbers to your child (perhaps on number cards).
  • Sing songs or rhymes with numbers in them; 10 In The Bed, 5 Little Ducks, 10 Fat Sausages etc.
  • Read stories with numbers in them, e.g. The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
  • Use mathematical language; add, take away, number names, how many, one more/less, altogether
  • Count using fingers.
  • Point to and say numbers around the house, street
  • Encourage your child to identify shapes around them; do a circle spotting hunt, square spotting etc.
  • Apply mathematics to real life; shape, money, amounts of objects etc.

  Literacy

  •  Allow your child to select books for themselves; ones that interest him/her. Picture books with repetitive and basic language such as those by Julia Donaldson.
  • Encourage your child to ‘read’ what is happening in the pictures. Prompt them to tell you a sentence about what is happening or what might happen next.
  • To increase vocabulary and identify sounds, play word games such as I spy.
  • Sing alphabet songs and talk about the names of the letter and the sounds that they make.
  • Make shapes of letters out of play dough, write them in sand, write their own name in the air etc.

Understanding the World

  • Talk to your child about special times; birthdays, baptism, parties, holidays and other key events in their lives and the lives of others they know.
  • Encourage them to explore their surroundings; particularly in the outdoor area.
  • Allow your child to observe animals and describe them.
  • Allow them to use simple tools; such as a small hand trowel, knife and fork, spade etc
  • Encourage them to feel different textured objects and describe; rough, smooth, soft etc.
  • Expressive arts and design
  • Allow your child to listen to and sing songs and rhymes.
  • Engage in role play with your child.
  • Explore different media, paint, pencils, crayons.
  • Use scissors and glue, encourage cutting and sticking activities.
  • Dance to songs and make up actions to go with them e.g. Wheels on the Bus.

Years 1-6

In Years 1-6 the curriculum is based on the subjects and resources below. In addition to this, Years 3, 4 and 5 have swimming lessons and Year 3 have Ukulele lessons. Year 4 have a link with another multi-cultural local school - Mount Pellon Academy. This link is developed to extend our provision for SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education).

We make good use of educational visits/visitors in school to enrich our curriculum.

See subject tabs on the left for more detail about our curriculum for each subject. 

Schemes of Work/Teaching Resources

Subjects

Schemes of Work/Example Teaching Resources

Reading

Oxford Reading Tree is supplemented by a range of other published scheme materials and “real books”.

Writing

Teachers plan their own work supported by a range of resources and planning material e.g. Espresso and Hamilton Trust. We assess using statutory frameworks for Year 2 and 6 and locally agreed frameworks for other year groups.

Phonics

Scheme: Letters and Sounds.

Resources: Phonics Play and Discover

Spelling and Grammar

Teachers plan their own work supported by a range of resources/planning material e.g. Spelling shed, Nelson and Hamilton Trust.

Maths

Teachers use a combination of Hamilton Trust, White Rose Maths and other published resources.

Science

Teachers plan their own work supported by a range of resources/planning material e.g. Hamilton Trust.

Science is assessed using the Rising Stars assessments.

Computing

Teachers plan their own work supported by a range of resources/planning material e.g. Discover.

Religious Education

Scheme: The Local Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education in Kirklees and Calderdale 

History

Teachers plan their own work supported by a range of resources and planning material e.g. Hamilton Trust.

Geography

As above

Art and Design Technology

As above

Music

Children in Year 3 take part in Ukule lessons led by a specialist from the local music hub.

Other teachers follow the Calderdale recommended music scheme Charanga.

PE

We have a specialist PE teacher for KS2 classes once a week. Other teachers plan their lessons based on a range of resources and planning material.

PSHE

Personal, Social, Health Education is taught in line with the materials from the PSHE association. It incorporates our work on Relationship Sex Education. This is supplement for Year 6 with the help of the school nurse.

French

We have a specialist French teacher who teaches in every class once a week.

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