The children are at the heart of our curriculum. We believe that every child should have the opportunity to develop and build their self –esteem and self-confidence.
We encourage our children to have high aspirations and strive for the best.
We want our children to be responsible and effective by the time they finish their journey at Glebe Academy and move onto the next phase of their lives.
The children in our Nursery (FS1) and Reception (FS2) classes experience all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.
The 7 Areas of development from the EYFS framework
The curriculum for the early years now consists of 3 prime areas. These areas cover the knowledge and skills which build the foundations for children’s school readiness and future progress. These are applied and reinforced by 4 more specific areas of development.
• Prime – Communication and language: development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment, develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
• Prime – Physical development: this involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive. It helps to develop their co-ordination, control and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
• Prime – Personal, social and emotional development: this involves helping children to develop a positive sense of both themselves and others around them. It helps them to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
• Specific – Literacy: development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters, helping them begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to help ignite their interest.
• Specific – Mathematics: this involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems and to help them describe shapes, spaces and measures.
• Specific – Understanding the world: this involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community by providing opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
• Specific – Expressive arts and design: this involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play and design and technology.
Children in Years 1 – 6 experience all areas of the National Curriculum through our Imaginative Learning Project approach. The National Curriculum areas are:
English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, Design & Technology, Computing, PE, Music, Art & Design, RE, PSHE, Languages in KS2– Spanish
In line with the 2014 National Curriculum we have been developing the curriculum that we provide for our children. Our main aim is to provide exciting, stimulating learning projects which the children become fully absorbed in using a cross-curricular approach. We strive to encompass as many curriculum subjects into each Imaginative Learning Project making them relevant and meaningful for our children.
We use a number of different approaches to explore and deliver the themes to ensure we enable our children to develop all the skills they need to be confident and successful learners. All our children are involved in the planning stage of new themes as we value their ideas and contributions; we believe that children learn best when they are able to steer and direct their own learning. We want our children to be inquisitive and passionate about their learning and spark a desire for lifelong learning.
Educational visits and visitors into school are an important aspect of our curriculum and are used to broaden the children’s understanding of the themes we teach.
We are committed to raising standards of Basic Skills at Glebe Academy. By Basic Skills, we mean the ability to read, write and speak in English, and to use mathematics and ICT at a level necessary to function and progress at work, and in society in general.
Our vision statements for Reading, Writing and Maths:
Reading: We will endeavour to provide outstanding reading experiences with exciting and inspiring learning opportunities that promote the importance of this lifelong skill. All children will experience a wide variety of contexts and settings with a range of stimulating resources to ensure the most effective progression takes place according to their age and ability.
Writing: We believe that children learn best when they are provided with a range of opportunities and skills for writing across the curriculum. Teachers will provide a stimulating environment that promotes all aspects of literacy learning. Children have access to a range of writing equipment and resources to support and further develop their writing.
Maths: We believe that Maths at Glebe Academy should be creative and engaging. It should be presented through a context which is meaningful and stimulating for all children at their own level. Children should be confidently able to apply their skills and knowledge to imaginatively solve problems.
You can view or download the following curriculum documents by clicking on the corresponding button.