Curriculum

At St Botolph’s Academy we work within an inclusive, Christian environment promoting Christian values including our core values of Responsibility, Respect, Friendship, Creativity, Perseverance and Spiritual Development. These permeate all aspects of school life enabling us to help every child achieve their full potential by equipping them with a feeling of self-worth, a respectful attitude towards others, an excitement for learning and an enthusiasm for life. We equip children with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to be able to make informed choices about the important things in their future enabling them to lead happy and rewarding lives. The school expects everyone to develop and show a sense of responsibility and self-discipline whether alone, together, at work or at play.  We actively promote British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs to prepare our pupils for life in modern day Britain.

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum for children in Nursery (LFS) and Reception (UFS),

From September 2015-16, all pupils in Key Stages 1 and 2 will follow the Primary National Curriculum 2014.

EYFS

 In Nursery and Reception, we follow the Early Years Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, published by the DfE.  Our children engage in learning that is primarily through first hand experiences, using both the indoor and outdoor environments.  The Curriculum has seven areas of learning which are :

 Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Communication and Language; Literacy; Physical Development; Mathematics, Expressive Arts; and Understanding the World.

 Work is planned through a topic approach and is personalised to meet the needs of the children.

 The children’s progress is regularly assessed by observational assessment so that staff can plan effectively to support the development of each of the children

Key Stage 1 and 2

In Key Stage 1 and 2 we follow the National Curriculum using a skills and enquiry approach, which is appropriate for the age of the children and is linked to the 'Open Futures' enquiry based approach. Our curriculum is topic based, encouraging cross-curricular links between the subjects. Each topic is planned to engage and stimulate the children’s s curiosity and interest through a variety of activities where children learn and apply new skills. Visits, visitors and enrichment activities are planned termly across Key Stages and the whole school to enhance learning. 

Skills are developed in the following subjects:- English,  Mathematics , Science, Religious Education (RE), History, Geography, Music, Physical Education (PE), Computing,  Art. Design and Technology.

Foundation subjects are taught, where possible through cross curricular topics. In Key Stage 2, there is a balance between cross curricular topics and separate subjects.

English

Acquiring the basic skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing are fundamental to your child’s educational success. We encourage all children to use their communication and listening skills in a purposeful way. English skills are developed each day and include a Phonics/Spelling and Grammar session.  Pupils in KS1 follow the Read Write Inc Scheme to teach sounds, sight vocabulary and early reading skills. Children will experience a wide range of books, through independent work and guided support. All children are expected to take books home on a weekly basis and are encouraged to read to or with an adult every day.

 Children take part in extended writing or 'big write' each week, where they practise writing at length in a variety of diferent ways eg stories, letter writing or a descriptive piece of writing often in the style of a chosen author. This is to encourage them to write fluently and to enjoy their work.

 Mathematical development

 We teach mathematics in discrete maths lessons and across the curriculum. Pupils learn to calculate and how to work with common shapes and units of measure such as time, length and weight. Most importantly, they learn to solve problems themselves or in groups by applying the strategies they have learnt. All children have a timetabled session of maths every day, which includes a weekly problem solving/application of skills session. This covers numbers, measures, shape and space, handling data, algebra reasoning.

 Science

 The science curriculum is taught as a separate subject but linked to cross curricular topics where appropriate. Much of the work is of a practical nature and will involve the children observing, hypothesising and predicting results within topics such as light, sound, electricity, forces, plants and living things.

 Computing

All children have access to ICT which they learn how to use confidently,  building their skills in research and editing, and supporting and enhancing their work in a variety of lessons. They explore a range of ICT equipment and software including the use of laptops and ipads. Lessons are also taught in computing and programmimg.

 Religious Education and Collective Worship

At St Botolph’s we endeavor to nurture all our children within the Christian ethos. We encourage the development of children’s social, moral, spiritual and cultural awareness, including that of other faiths.  RE is taught both as a discrete subject and is also linked to many other areas of the curriculum. The Academy follows the Governor agreed syllabus of Kirklees and Calderdale.

 Children attend daily acts of Collective Worship which provide opportunities for them to:

  • Take part in worship
  • Learn about the nature and purpose of Worship
  • Reflect on and explore beliefs and values which are central to Christianity and other religious traditions both local and Gobal
  • Reflect on and consider the beliefs and values which underpin our academy and community life.

 History/Geography

The study of humanities aims to help the children have an awareness of time and place. In Key Stage 1 activities concentrate on the local environment, history focusing on the last century, family life and famous events and people from long ago. In Key Stage 2 activities widen from the local to national and worldwide localities, with history covering British and World units. In both key stages humanities are seen as practical ‘hands on’ subjects and are often supported by school visits/visitors and walks in our local area to explore the environment.

 Art and Design

Children are given the opportunity to explore work of different artists. A variety of materials are used to produce work and each year children will experience printing, painting, collage, 3D work, sketching and model making.

Music

Music forms a very enjoyable part of school life. We use the online resource Charanga to ensure planning, teaching and learning shows progression across KS1 and KS2. In addition to a school choir and music in the class room, specialist teachers visit the school weekly to teach a variety of instruments including, woodwind, string and drums.

 Physical Education

Pupils follow a broad curriculum in games, dance and gymnastics, following the Val Sabin Scheme of work. Pupils in Year 4 attend swimming lessons throughout the year.  Coaches from outside agencies and DeLacy academy visit the academy at different times of the year to enhance skills. Children take part in inter-school competitions in various activities including athletics, football, rugby, and cricket.

Modern Foreign Languages

French is taught throughout KS2, following the Wakefield LEA scheme of work.

PSHCE

We view Personal,Health and Social Education( PHSE) as an important aspect to a balanced curriculum. We believe that children need to learn how to manage relationships in order that they can become respectful and therefore productive. This will support the development of the curriculum in general and individuals in particular. The academy teaches PSHCE in both in discrete lessons and planned into other areas of the curriculum. Links are made with Christian values wherever possible and promoted through Collective Worship. A variety of resources are used, including the SEAL resources. 

 Please use the tabs on the left to find out more information about each Key Stage

For more inforation on the EYFS and Primary curriculum, please follow the links below

EYFS https://www.gov.uk/early-years-foundation-stage

KS1 and KS2 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-primary-curriculum