Grove Academy

 Curriculum Statement

Working hard is important, but there is something that matters more…. believing in yourself.’ (Harry Potter)

 

At Grove, we believe that excellent teaching makes MAGIC learning happen and that this will lead to success and high achievement for all of our children. They will grow into kind and caring adults who are equipped to proudly take their place in a diverse and competitive world. They can do and be whatever they strive for, and dream of.

 

‘In dreams, we enter a world that’s entirely our own.’ (Albus Dumbledore)

 

 

Our inclusive curriculum is a skills based, integrated curriculum, which aims to give EVERY child the opportunity to fulfil their potential, remaining focussed on quality first teaching as a basic entitlement for every pupil. We promote a calm, safe, learning environment underpinned by a positive behaviour policy and nurturing ethos. Although learning aims to be active, fun and collaborative, children are taught how to return to a place of calm reflection and manage their own emotions. We teach our children be MAGIC learners who use and apply the following learning skills and behaviours:

  • Motivation
  • Attitude
  • Gumption
  • Independence
  • Communication

 

Our innovative and MAGICAL curriculum complies with The National Curriculum for Key Stage 2 (2014) and offers much more too. Our school curriculum motivates, excites and enthuses our children. It is broad, balanced and linked to their interests. They are taught and learn to work collaboratively, alongside and independently. They are taught and encouraged to explore, think, predict, question, enquire, explain, debate and challenge.

Our curriculum is organised into exciting themes. We use film/media and quality, engaging books to contextualise, stimulate and enthuse the children's curiosity for learning. These themes are underpinned by a rigorous approach to the teaching and learning of essential basic and technical skills.

Listed below are the topics that are studied at each year group. Topic based learning incorporates the teaching and learning of computing, design and technology, geography, history, and music:

 

Year Group Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Year 3 A Wizarding World Caveman Capers Wild at Heart
Year 4 The Good The Bad and The Gruesome (Egyptians ) The Age of the Empire (Romans) Tales of the Bearly believable
Year 5 The Great invaders Clash of the Titans The Adventures of my Other Self
Year 6 The Unexplained Into the Forest

Battles that have shaped our world

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

English (also refer to KS2 English Programmes of Study)

At Grove, we teach spoken language (including reciting, presenting and debate) as part of English. Reading (word reading and comprehension), vocabulary, grammar, punctuation and spelling (GPaS), application writing (transcription and composition) and handwriting.

We value the investment of curriculum time for reading and value the impact that reading competence has on writing and other areas of the curriculum. We passionately believe in magically bringing ‘books to life’ with children as we encourage a love of reading for pleasure. We read to children and with children and they read to us. We ‘unpick’ texts, exploring language, vocabulary and authorial intent to build ‘pictures in the mind’. We teach children to ‘magpie’ from reading to improve their writing; to read with a ‘writerly eye’. We read from a range of stimuli including differentiated, quality texts, media extracts, photographs, pictures, reports, magazines, children’s choice….

Phonics

Phonics teaching and learning is intended to be complete by the end of Year 1 when children’s knowledge and skills are tested by a phonic screen. Children that do not pass their statutory assessment in Year 1 retake the screen in Year 2. A small minority of children continue into Key Stage 2 with a delay in their phonics. At Grove, those children are taught phonics through a synthetic approach, using the Letters and Sounds programme and use a phonic reading scheme to support this.

Maths (also refer to KS2 Maths Programmes of Study)

We are currently developing our pedagogical approach to the teaching and learning of maths at Grove. Maths is taught discretely with a developing focus on using the Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract (CPA) approach, through a spiral progression to develop fluency, reasoning and problem solving and conceptual understanding for mastery. Children are taught and learn about number and place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions (including decimals and percentages), measurement, geometry (including shape, position and direction), statistics, ratio and proportion and algebra.

Children are expected to know all of their times tables up to 12x12 by the end of Year 4!

Maths is also applied across other areas of the curriculum to ensure that children see the purpose of their learning and gain a practical, real life contextual understanding.

Science

Science is taught to broaden children’s scientific view of the world around them. Working scientifically is a key concept taught throughout science content of plants, animals (including humans), rocks, light, forces and magnets, living things and their habitats, states of matter, sound, electricity, properties and changes of materials, earth and space, forces, evolution and inheritance.

 

PE and French

PE and French are taught in line with national expectations, including sessions delivered by specialist staff. Our children have swimming lessons in each year group.

 

 

Religious Education

RE is taught through our local area syllabus.

British Values, SMSC (social, moral, spiritual and cultural) and PSHE underpin and are threaded through all areas of our curriculum. ‘Standalone lessons’ that explore and address world, national, local, school and class current affairs take are planned frequently in response to news and/or events. Focussed assemblies are also used to teach and learn in these areas.

Visits and ‘WOWs’

Children learn through experiences and we want them to explore and learn from their world. The children take part in local area visits, visits in and around Stoke-on-Trent and the Midlands and have even ventured to France! We also add MAGIC and WOWs to our curriculum by inviting visitors and/or experiences into school such as e.g. ‘real life’ scientists, theatre company productions, animal experts….

 

Please visit other areas of our website and/or speak to your child’s teacher if you wish to know more about our curriculum.