Learning

Structure and Organisation

EYFS

We aim to apply the best principles of Early Years education, encouraging positive attitudes to school and its routines. During their time in the Early Years, children have access to learning areas both inside and outside. A variety of activities are on offer which are either child-initiated or adult-led.

In our Nursery and Reception classes, children develop social skills, learning how to work harmoniously together – taking turns, sharing and listening. Through a purposeful, well planned and organised curriculum, children gain strong foundations in communication and language, literacy, numeracy, creative and physical skills, as well as nurturing their personal, social and emotional development. The children’s development during this crucial stage underpins their future learning. Click here for our EYFS Policy.

 

KS1 and KS2

In Years 1 to 6, English, Maths and Science are taught discretely, following national guidelines. Throughout KS1 and KS2, children enjoy focused, carefully planned core lessons, which reflect the emphasis placed on teaching the children reading, writing, numeracy and investigative skills.

Other subject areas are predominately covered in an integrated manner through topics or themes embracing particular focuses. These are: Information Technology (ICT), and the foundation subjects of Music. Art, History, Geography, Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE), Design and Technology (D&T), Physical Education (PE) and Religious Education (R.E).

Children work in a variety of ways: as a class, in groups, pairs or individually.The emphasis is always on active and meaningful involvement of children in their own learning. All children have regular opportunities to engage in musical and creative activities. In addition, the curriculum has a strong international focus. As such, our Academy has developed numerous links with partner schools and organisations abroad.

PE is am important part of the curriculum; therefore all children take regular part in regular physical exercise. Applegarth Academy actively encourages children to make healthy choices. This includes rewards for those who opt for fruit as a playtime snack or for choosing fruit or vegetables alongside their lunchtime meal.

Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) is incorporated into PSHE. Every effort is made to match the teaching and knowledge to the maturity of the children.  We aim to help pupils cope with the physical and emotional challenges of growing up, give them an elementary understanding of human reproduction and enable them to make informed choices about their health and environment and to resist bullying.

The Acadmey is very well resourced, enabling teachers to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum. We continue to invest in ICT so that our pupils can learn using the most up-to-date technologies. Within our curriculum we aim to provide for the academic, personal and social develpment of every child; encouraging them to work and think independantly so that learning is irresistable.

Assessments

Assessment is an integral part of teaching and learnin. Children’s work is marked daily and subsequent lessons are adapted to ensure quality learning. Progress is continually monitored by teachers and learners are given feedback and targets for improvement. The children are given opportunities to evaluate and improve their work, either independently, in pairs or as a small group. In this way our children are encouraged to take responsibility for their learning.

Additional Support for Children

We provide a range of targeted support in order to overcome barriers to learning. Additional support for children is achieved through appropriate assessment, setting personalised challenges and responding to individual needs. Staff work closely with parents to ensure the learning needs off all children are met.

Homework and Educational Visits

Homework enables children to practise aspects of their learning, extend and share school work with their families, pursue areas of interest and become independent learners. Children are given regular homework – more as they get older. All children are expected to read at home every night as well as learn spellings and times tables. As pupils progress through the Academy, they are given regular assignments to complete. Teachers encourage parents to provide feedback on tasks carried out at home.

Educational visits that enrich our curriculum topics, are an important way for children to learn and experience activities beyond the classroom to other settings and contexts. Outdoor education is also an important part of the curriculum. The Academy’s physical environment and the local area are well used as a learning resource. In addition, there are opportunities for children to go on residential trips.

Parents can be asked to make a contribution towards the cost of trips. Without such support these activities could not take place.