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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 and the Values curriculum lie at the heart of the curriculum. Alongside this statutory provision, our curriculum is enhanced and enriched through a wider range of opportunities in order to 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 knowledge, understanding and skills, enabling them to become confident, numerate, literate and tecnnologically aware individuals as well as developing them socially, culturally, morally and spiritually. In all that we do we intend that all of our pupils will be equiped to achieve their full potential both academically and socially and to be responsible citizens of the local community and global society.
The curriculum offered has been carefully constructed to reflect the local needs of the community and the legal requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 as well as consideration being given to the 9 protected characteristics.
Our ‘curriculum’ is a diverse mix of subjects within a themed approach where links are exploited where these are appropriate. In order to ensure the acquisition of subject specific knowledge, understanding and skills it is sometimes necessary to teach some subjects discretely. The themes are designed for knowledge and skills progression as children move from the Early Years to the end of Key Stage 2 with opportunities to re-visit key learning in order to ensure concepts are internalised and learning deepens within age appropriate phases.
Values are a central part of the curriculum and a Values Curriculum is taught discretely at least once a week, usually relating to current events either locally or globally. The Values Curriculum 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). 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.
During their time at Half Acres, the pupils have planned opportunities to participate in 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 also planned.
See Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact Statements for further details.
LONG TERM PLAN
EARLY YEARS (Nursery)
Autumn - All About Me/Celebrations
Spring - Once Upon A Time/ Are We Nearly There Yet?
Summer - Everyday Heroes/Down in the Jungle
EARLY YEARS ( Reception)
Autumn - Down on the Farm / Fizz! Pop! Whizz Bang!
Spring - Tell Me A Story /To Infinity and Beyond!
Summer - Superheroes /Commotion In The Ocean
KEY STAGE 1
Autumn - Animal Kingdom
Spring - Just Imagine
Summer - On The Move
Autumn - Surviving Danger
Spring - Let's Explore
Summer - How We Used To Live
KEY STAGE 2
Autumn - Ancient Egyptians
Spring - Passport To The World
Summer - Food Glorious Food
Autumn - Family of Man
Spring - What Did The Romans Do For Us?
Summer - Castleford Our Heritage
Autumn - Invaders and Settlers:The Vikings, Anglo Saxons and Scots
Spring - May The Force Be With You
Summer - Night at the Museum: The Ancient Greeks
Autumn - Take One Picture (World War II)
Spring - In The Extreme ...
Summer - The Road to Rio