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Our curriculum is currently being reviewed and developed to reflect high quality texts which promote a love of reading and diversity. Our curriculum statement, progression maps and individual subject information will be updated to reflect this. For the most up to date information about what your child will be learning, see the year group curriculum newsletter.

King's Academy College Park Infant and Junior School

Curriculum Statement 2021
Vision

At King's Academy College Park Infant and Junior Schools, our curriculum is thoroughly planned to provide a broad and balanced education that meets the needs of all pupils. This gives them the skills, knowledge and understanding along with essential attributes to take part positively and actively in society and to prepare them for a successful future.

Curriculum Intent

We want to ensure that our pupils receive an enriched and progressive curriculum and that learning is challenging, aspirational, relevant and exciting. For our pupils, most of whom have been born and brought up in and around the populated area of the city of Portsmouth, we believe that it is a priority that they develop skills and knowledge in core curriculum subjects. This is to ensure that our pupils leave us with high levels of literacy and numeracy to enable social mobility, greater potential to attend further and higher education and be more successful in life.

When planning the curriculum, teachers always take into consideration the children’s starting point and need to understand what prior learning may have already been undertaken. We understand that a child’s ability to learn is based on gaining knowledge and building on learned knowledge; as well as the ability to use and apply associated skills adeptly and competently. They can then build on what they know already to provide first-hand experiences, allowing the children to develop interpersonal skills, build resilience and become creative, critical thinkers.

Curriculum Implementation

National requirements and school requirements are mapped out as a whole school by the Senior Leadership Team, Year Leaders and Subject Leaders. Individual year groups (along with the Subject Leaders) plan the curriculum for their children accordingly:

  • Teachers organise each half-term's learning under a curriculum focus of either History or Geography. Foundation subjects are taught discretely with links created through high quality texts and themes where possible. 
  • The curriculum is planned thoroughly, starting with the children's current knowledge and skills, so that real progress can be made and measured. Themes run through the History and Geography curriculum to embed skills and knowledge and enable pupils to create links in their learning with a more cohesive approach to curriculum planning.
  • We believe that History should be taught in a chronological order so that children can make connections between different periods of history more easily, in line with the NC 2014. We have also linked this with a Geography progression where we know that from Early Years to the end of Key Stage 2, children build on their knowledge of the world by deepening their understanding, from thinking about the world as a whole, before diving deeper into more specific detail. Children need to understand their personal geography, before moving on to learn about Portsmouth as their local area - understanding where and how it fits into the United Kingdom and beyond.
  • Our curriculum is language rich with reading at the heart of it. A reading spine spreads across the whole school, promoting diversity with links to the wider curriculum.
  • Supersonic Phonics Friends is our chosen visual phonics scheme which was implemented in September 2022. Once pupils are no longer reading decodable texts, they are introduced to the Accelerated Reader programme which helps children ensure that they are reading the correct text for their individual reading age which will be regularly tracked.
  • Through each unit of learning, teachers plan a variety of experiences to enrich and engage the learning. This will increase ‘stickability’ by creating lasting memories to improve cognitive development. Teachers incorporate visitors, trips, theme days and learning celebrations into their planning.
  • The curriculum is reinforced by the school’s values of Resilience, Teamwork, Challenge, Creativity, Independence, Responsibility and Kindness. These are taught on their own and through other areas of the curriculum, including assemblies. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils and their understanding of British Values and the core values of our society are woven through the curriculum.
  • We produce half-termly homework activities that link with the learning undertaken in school. This allows pupils to choose how to present their homework and promotes creativity. Pupils can develop research skills through investigating key dates, monarchs, significant figures, and inventions and events. The children will be able to explore these and analyse their impact on the modern world. Pupils are then able to share and discuss their findings in school with their peers.
  • To support learning at home, curriculum maps and half termly curriculum newsletters are published on our website to provide parents/carers with information about the learning ahead. The school also subscribes to a number of online apps and programmes. These resources for learning can be accessed from home and support the learning of basic skills.
Curriculum Impact

We will continue to review the knowledge, skills and understanding that the children have gained against the expectations agreed and evaluate our teaching from this.  This ensures that we are constantly striving for improvement and ensuring that our curriculum always fits the needs of our children.

We measure the impact of our curriculum through:

  • Monitoring of teaching, learning and assessment of standards across the curriculum in order to make accurate assessments, track progress and plan for next steps in learning, as well as report to parents.
  • Subject leaders take responsibility for ensuring coverage, progression and standards through long and medium-term planning, promoting the subject and developing the teaching methodology and securing high quality resources. They regularly monitor and evaluate learning, teaching and the curriculum.
  • Sampling children's work across the school, where they demonstrate learning and sharing good practice.
  • Pupil conferencing with teachers, subject and senior leaders to measure the impact of their learning.

November 2022

 

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