Curriculum

Intent

At Scientia Academy we use Cornerstones Curriculum Maestro to provide a bespoke curriculum which is tailored to the needs, strengths and interests of our pupils and our school community.

We celebrate and reflect our diverse community through our curriculum design.

We have designed our curriculum with pupils' learning at the centre. We recognise that a curriculum has to be broad, balanced and offer pupils opportunities to grow as individuals as well as learners. Our curriculum gives pupils the opportunity to develop deep knowledge through a wide range of subjects, projects and learning experiences.

It is essential that children leave our school as equipped, confident learners who have developed their proficiency in reading, writing, maths and computing. Our curriculum projects enable pupils to make links in their knowledge and skills, therefore consolidating and deepening their understanding to ensure curriculum coherence.

We also intend to offer our pupils new and exciting experiences through extra-curricular activities that are designed to build resilience, confidence and self-esteem.

Our three core values - Sagacity, Integrity and achievement - promote key learning behaviours and are an integral part of our school ethos which permeates throughout our whole school curriculum.

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Implementation

At Scientia Academy we follow the National Curriculum, which is covered in full through skill and knowledge rich projects. These projects cover a range of subjects including Science, History, Geography, Art and Design Technology. Some subjects (English, Maths, Music, Computing, French, PSHE, PE and RE) are taught outside of these projects but teachers make cross curricular links with these where possible. Class timetables are organised so that there is adequate time given to all curriculum subjects.

All projects are ignited with an 'engage day' experience where children are immersed in their new topic and can explore and reflect on questions that they will study over the half term. 

Our teachers plan engaging learning opportunities to meet the needs of their class. There is a focus on developing deep subject knowledge and the application of knowledge and skills. We also have a clear focus on the teaching and acquisition of new vocabulary. Lessons are structured to meet the children’s needs and teachers consider their starting points, strengths and areas of difficulty at the planning and delivery stage of each lesson.

The curriculum is closely monitored by subject leaders to ensure full coverage of the national curriculum, that there is depth to children’s learning and to ensure that appropriate adaptions are made to suit the learning needs of our pupils.

At Scientia Academy, we are mindful of teacher workload and use supporting schemes of work for curriculum planning:

  • Cornerstones Curriculum Maestro
  • Charanga music
  • Discovery RE
  • PSHE Association
  • Purple Mash Computing
  • Talk for Writing
  • Maths No Problem
  • Read, Write Inc

Impact

Through our curriculum, all children will gain a secure knowledge in a range of subjects which they can use in their lives moving forward. They leave Scientia Academy as empowered individuals, keen to explore the next stage of life and learning. The majority of the children will be able to reach age related expectations and will be prepared for the children for the next stage of learning at all key stages.

The impact of our curriculum is measured by regular and ongoing monitoring in the following areas:

  • Half termly attendance data (including school and trips and residentials).
  • Termly attainment data.
  • Annual Progress measures KS1 - KS2.
  • Termly PIRA and PUMA standardised tests (Reading and Maths)
  • Accelerated reader
  • Benchmark reading assessment
  • Progress and attainment outcomes for all pupil groups.
  • Half termly foundation subject assessments.
  • Engagement in enrichment activities.
  • Lesson observations
  • Book looks
  • Displays
  • Pupil Voice
  • Behaviour analysis
  • Parent feedback
  • Staff feedback

 Assessments are used to inform planning and next steps and identify areas of school improvement. 

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