King's Academy College Park Infant and Junior School
Curriculum Statement 2021
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 children. 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.
We want to ensure that our children receive an enriched and progressive curriculum and that learning is challenging, aspirational, relevant and exciting. For our children, 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 important that they develop the ‘basic skills’ (being literate and numerate) in order to prepare them for the next stage of their education and their future lives. Therefore our curriculum needs to build basic skills and positive learning attitudes (eg perseverance, thinking critically), as well as good health and well-being (both physical and mental) to support a ‘growth’ mindset that they can achieve anything.
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.
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:
- Where possible, teachers organise each half-term's learning under a specific curriculum focus. They plan lessons to ensure the children make connections across a variety of subjects.
- The curriculum is planned thoroughly, starting with the children's current knowledge and skills, so that real progress can be made and measured.
- 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.
- We have also identified that our Year 6 children from Spring Term will benefit from a slightly different foundation curriculum. We want to ensure that we provide more opportunities for PSHE, (including well-being and Transition) PE, Art, Music, Design and Technology in order to enhance life skills and aid a smooth and successful transition to secondary school.
- Our curriculum is language rich with reading at the heart of it. We have introduced a reading spine within each year group so that each child will have access to six quality texts a year which will be read to them in class. We have also signed up to the Accelerated Reading programme (in the Junior school) which will help children ensure that they are reading the correct text for their individual reading age which will be regularly tracked.
- Each topic begins with what the children know and would like to find out. This allows for our children to have opportunities to follow their own interests within the content that needs to be taught.
- Each term, each year group will plan a variety of experiences to enrich and engage the learning. This will increase ‘stickability’ by creating lasting memories to improve cognitive development.Year groups will be expected to incorporate visitors, trips, theme days and learning celebrations into their planning.
- The curriculum is reinforced by the school’s Core Values:Resilience, Teamwork, Challenge, Creativity, Independence and Responsibility. 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 will provide opportunities, through home learning, to develop research skills through investigating key dates, monarchs, significant figures/inventions and events. The children will be able to explore these and analyse their impact on the modern world. Children will then be 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, including Times Table Rock Stars, Prodigy and Bug Club. These resources for learning can be accessed from home and support the learning of basic skills.
- In the Infant School, we produce a half-termly homework activities that link with the learning undertaken in school. We have also introduced Homework books in Maths and Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) to all children to help support the learning undertaken in school. The homework each week has been carefully selected by the teachers to help reinforce skills already taught and to help secure understanding of particular concepts.
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.