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Curriculum

Aims

Our aim at Queensway Infant Academy and Nursery is to develop and grow our children ready for their next steps. This will be achieved through ambitious and progressive cross curricular learning which is rich in meaningful vocabulary.
 

If you would like further information regarding our Curriculum, please speak with Mrs Fancourt Acting Principal or Mr Slaney EYFS leader.

 

Curriculum Intent

At Queensway we intend our curriculum to support and develop the whole child by ensuring:

  • It is designed to be ambitious, progressive and to flow across all year groups, building on prior learning and allowing the acquisition of deep knowledge and understanding and a rich and meaningful vocabulary.
  • It allows for meaningful links between areas of knowledge across the curriculum to encourage the children to develop powerful schemas of knowledge by building on prior learning.
  • It ensures that academic success is holistic and promotes our children to have a positive attitude to learning.
  • The aim of our curriculum is for pupils to have the requisite skills to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for their next stage of education. We believe it is important that our curriculum considers the development of the whole child and does not only concentrate on academic success. This will be achieved by providing a safe and inspiring school where everyone can thrive as individuals, achieve dreams and build futures by learning together with our core values of kindness, fairness and respect and our vision for the school.
  • Our core purpose is to support the well-being and mental health of our pupils by promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils and their understanding of the core British values whilst achieving dreams and embedding cultural capital.

 

Curriculum Implementation

At Queensway Infant Academy we offer a curriculum which is broad and balanced and which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points, as they progress through each Key Stage.  Our curriculum has been carefully designed to ensure it provides pupils with the core knowledge and skills to equip them for the next stage of their education.  Our curriculum is delivered through inspiring cross curricular topics.  This enables our pupils to be able to apply their meaningful knowledge and skills through different contexts, which include the use of enrichments both inside and outside the classroom, including assemblies.

The use of assessments provide teachers with the valuable knowledge of pupils starting points, this then enables the curriculum to be implemented in a way to ensure all pupils make progress from their starting points.

At Queensway Infant Academy, English is the centre of our curriculum and our priority is to develop children's spoken language, reading, writing, grammar and vocabulary and the skills and knowledge and knowledge they require for them to succeed. 

 

Phonics  

At Queensway Infant Academy and Nursery, we believe that there is no greater skill we can teach a child than how to read fluently and for enjoyment. We believe that reading is a key skill for academic success. In order to build the foundations of reading and as an integral part of such teaching, we place a strong emphasis on teaching high-quality phonics using the Letters and Sounds teaching programme. All our children are provided with a phonological awareness that supports their speaking and listening skills and is used to further develop their reading. This phonological approach is encouraged across the whole school 

 

Reading  

At Queensway Infant Academy and Nursery, we believe that all pupils should have the opportunity to be fluent, confident readers who are able to successfully comprehend and understand a wide range of texts. We want pupils to develop a love of reading, a good knowledge of a range of authors, and be able to understand more about the world in which they live through the knowledge they gain from texts. The ability to decode words is taught through our high-quality phonics programme using letters and sounds. It is taught systematically in response to ongoing assessments and the needs of individual children. A phonological approach to reading is encouraged across the whole school. We aim to provide all children with numerous opportunities to achieve the reading expectations for their age group. In addition, we want to light a spark for literature through the teaching and reading together of quality texts. 

 

Writing  

At Queensway Infant Academy and Nursery, writing is taught through a range of exciting stimuli across Foundation subjects as well as in English lessons, which include books, film clips, artefacts, visitors and real-life experiences. We strive to provide the children with opportunities to develop a wide vocabulary that will help them bring their writing to life. Drama, role-play and talk for writing is used to develop language. We strive to provide a solid understanding of grammar in order to write clearly, accurately and coherently. Handwriting is taught through a structured system which starts with developing both gross motor and fine motor skills through carefully structured activities in EYFS and moves onto the PenPals handwriting scheme. 

 

Maths  

At Queensway Infant Academy, we recognise that mathematics underpins much of our daily lives.  We therefore provide the children the opportunity to work through fluency, reasoning and problem-solving activities with independence.  Maths is delivered through a mastery approach using the principles of Power Maths to ensure the progression of skills and knowledge across the key stages and beyond.

 

Topic

We believe that children learn best when they can make meaningful links between the different areas of their understanding.  We therefore strive to deliver our Curriculum using a creative and cross curricular approach.  This creative approach allows children to demonstrate their knowledge and solve problems in the ways they think are best and gives them opportunities to think for themselves and promote independence.  Further enrichments are provided through visitors, trips, artefacts, enrichment days and life experiences.

The outdoor environment and the local community are considered an opportunity for active learning for all our pupils.

Curriculum Impact

At Queensway Infant Academy and Nursery, we measure the impact of our curriculum in the following ways:

  • Each unit of work across begins with a pre-assessment.  Across EYFS mind maps are used.  Key Stage 1 use a pre-assessment knowledge organiser fact sheet.  This enables staff to build upon prior learning and identify any gaps.  At the end of each unit, pupils celebrate through a family assembly to demonstrate the knowledge they have gained.
  • Pupils are asked about their learning and are encouraged to talk about the learning that has been taking place and the knowledge they have developed.  Work samples are used to monitor the sequence of learning and to ensure prior knowledge is built upon.
  • Pupils gaps and strengths are identified through ongoing monitoring and assessment.  Teachers have a very good understanding of their pupils and use monitoring and assessment to identify the next steps in pupils learning and to plan and provide interventions where required.

If you would like further information regarding our Curriculum, please speak with Mrs Fancourt Acting Principal or Mr Slaney EYFS leader.