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Curriculum Information

What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here.
 
 Previously Half Acres School was federated with Ackton Pastures School and teachers continue working together to share their expertise.  In this way, we are able to utilise the strengths of a larger staff team and enhance the quality of learning and teaching across the two schools. The schools continue to plan together and have unified their themes.
 
At Half Acres Primary Academy most pupils enter into our Early Years Unit at the age of three.  The curriculum in nursery and reception meets the statutory framework for the Early Years.  The curriculum opportunities offered are closely matched to children's needs and interests to ensure they have the best possible start to their education.

Within the Early Years curriculum there are seven inter-connected areas of learning.  There are three prime areas which are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.  There is a strong focus on the three prime areas as they reflect the key skills and capacities all children need to develop and learn effectively, and become ready for school.  The four specific areas, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design, are where the three prime areas are strengthened and applied.  It is expected that the balance will shift towards a more equal focus on all areas of learning as children grow in confidence and ability within the three prime areas.  This curriculum is taught to all children until the end of their time in Early Years – this is at the end of the school year in which they are 5 years old.  This is when they move into Key Stage 1.

Once children move into Key Stage 1 and on into Key Stage 2 the National Curriculum 2014 lies at the heart of the curriculum.  Alongside this statutory provision our curriculum is enhanced and enriched through a much wider range of opportunities.  This provides a broad, balanced and stimulating curriculum.  The full curriculum offered at our school is designed to ensure our learners develop a wide range of skills and experiences enabling them to become confident, numerate, literate as well as socially, culturally, morally and technologically aware and able to achieve their full potential.

The curriculum offered at both schools has been carefully constructed to reflect the local needs of the community and the legal requirements of the National Curriculum 2014.  It is a skills-based curriculum that acknowledges the need for some discrete knowledge based learning in order to progress with the skill development.

Our ‘curriculum’ is a diverse mix of subjects within a themed approach.  These termly or half termly themes are planned by teachers in close liaison and consultation with our team of teaching assistants.  The themes are taught on a two year rolling programme designed for skills progression as children move from the Early Years to the end of Key Stage 2.

SEAL (Social & Emotional Aspects of Learning) is a central part of the curriculum and is taught discretely at least once a week.  SEAL is an important vehicle for developing the pupils spiritually, morally, socially and culturally.  However, it permeates throughout all curricular and extra-curricular activities.  (See the section on SMSC for more details).

During their time at  Half Acres, the pupils have planned opportunities to participate in three residential visits in Key Stage 2.  These vary in length and give a wide breadth of experience from rural to city environments, developing the children socially and culturally.  An annual visit to the theatre is planned for pupils in Key Stages 1 and 2.

Whenever possible, the learning is planned through a practical, problem solving approach encouraging children to be actively engaged and fully involved in their own progress.  Through a variety of cooperative activities, pupils not only learn the academic curriculum better, they simultaneously acquire a rich variety of thinking, social and communication skills – all essential for success in school and beyond.
 
LONG TERM PLAN

EARLY YEARS (Nursery & Reception)

2 Year Cycle - Year A
Autumn - Down on the Farm / Fizz! Pop! Bang! Celebrations
Spring - Are We There Yet? /To Infinity and Beyond!
Summer - Down At The Bottom of The Garden -mini beasts and Growth/Rumble in the Jungle
 
2 Year Cycle - Year B
Autumn - All About Me/Dinosaurs .....Jurassic
Spring - Once Upon A Time/ Tell Me A Story
Summer - Everyday Heroes/Commotion in the Ocean

KEY STAGE 1 - YEARS 1 & 2

2 Year Cycle - Year A
Autumn - All Creatures Great & Small
Spring - Let's Explore
Summer - Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside

2 Year Cycle - Year B
Autumn - Just Imagine
Spring - Where In The World?
Summer - Let's Play

KEY STAGE 2 - YEARS 3 & 4

2 Year Cycle - Year A
Autumn - Passport To The World
Spring - Food Glorious Food
Summer - Tudors

2 Year Cycle - Year B
Autumn - Family of Man
Spring - Castleford: Our Heritage
Summer - Our Angry Earth

KEY STAGE 2 - YEARS 5 & 6

2 Year Cycle - Year A
Autumn - The Vicious Vikings 
Spring - May The Force Be With You
Summer - The Legacy of Ancient Greeks and Egyptians, Night at the Museum

2 Year Cycle - Year B
Autumn - Take One Picture (World War II)
Spring - In The Extreme ...
Summer - The Road to Rio


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