Teaching & Learning

At St Botolph’s Academy, we believe that that every child within our academy is entitled to the best possible education that we can provide. We believe that all children should reach their full potential and gain the skills and knowledge to become confident, successful, lifelong learners

We aim to provide a wide range of high quality learning experiences which allow children to develop academically, socially, emotionally and spiritually. We aim to promote the mastery of basic skills and encourage children to foster a real love of learning within an inclusive environment where everybody feels nurtured and valued.

We view learning very much as a partnership between school staff, pupils and their parents. We encourage parents to actively engage in the learning process through supporting homework, family learning and other enrichment activities.

Learning is planned through a topic based approach, on a two year rolling programme. It enables children to make connections in their learning , develop a wide range of skills and is planned to match the needs of all individuals. We have developed a skills and enquiry based curriculum, linking learning and life through the ‘Open Futures’ programme.  It was developed to help children discover and develop practical skills, personal interests and values, which will contribute to their education and help to enhance their adult lives. Our curriculum,  is designed to engage, motivate, and inspire children whilst meeting the requirements of the National Curriculum.

We expect children to participate in a wide range of curriculum activities although parents have the right to withdraw children from Religious Education and some aspects of Sex and Relationships Education.

Children are taught in mixed ability classes where we offer a balance of child- initiated and adult led learning, guided group work and appropriate individualised support.

With a keen emphasis on the acquisition of basic literacy and numeracy skills, all children participate in a daily literacy and mathematics lessons.

We work hard to enhance learning through enrichment opportunities including taking children on visits, residentials, inviting visitors into school and themed creative weeks.