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Curriculum Overview

Intent

At Stuart Road Academy our intent is for each and every pupil to achieve their full potential. Through a broad, text-rich and exciting curriculum, we intend to offer a range of learning opportunities that stimulate and inspire our pupils.

We want every child to be prepared and confident for the next step of their educational journey through the application of knowledge and skills learned through our curriculum offer.

Implementation

Reading, writing and maths are at the core of all our learning at Stuart Road Academy. For us, successful early reading is key to providing solid foundations of all future learning experiences. To this end, we start our reading commitment at Reception with daily phonics sessions using the Read Write Inc programme. This is continued through Years 1 and 2, and once pupils are fluent readers, they move on the Accelerated Reader developing and improving their comprehension skills weekly.

Every half term, pupils are taught a new topic, which is underpinned by a quality text for both reading and writing lessons, with in-depth analysis that, both challenges and stretches learning. Each new topic is launched with either a special visitor or memorable experience to captivate and inspire children from the start, for example An Ancient Egyptian workshop when pupils learn the mummification process, to the Explorer Dome to learn about space and the solar system.

Within each topic, SMSC (Social Moral, Spiritual & Cultural), PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education) and FBV (Fundamental British Values) are actively taught and Maths is taught discreetly using a mastery approach. Knowledge Organisers are provided to children and parents at the beginning of each topic to demonstrate the range of knowledge children will be expected to learn. A range of feedback is provided regularly and accurately ensuring misconceptions are addressed quickly. 

Impact

The impact of our curriculum is continuously assessed and monitored by class teachers and subject leaders. Planning is monitored and, if necessary, adapted to ensure that learning outcomes and expectations remain high. Subject leaders regularly assess the impact of their subject on pupils’ learning to ensure that they not only meet but exceed national standards. This in turn not only ensures that all pupils meet their full potential but empowers them knowledge and skills for the future.