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  • We believe that learning is a skill that’s essential for life, enabling us all to continue to learn and grow throughout our lives. We are proud of our exciting Enquiry Curriculum, which is constantly growing and evolving to follow the interests of the children, whilst also delivering the knowledge and skills we know that they need.

    We aim for every child to make progress in every learning experience at Minerva Primary Academy. Our teaching team focuses not only on developing skills and knowledge to support children in life; we also help to develop skills and attitudes needed for learning itself.

    The Early Years Foundation Stage

    Minerva Academy starts from Reception. Our approach is to ensure children have the best possible foundation for learning by ensuring that there is continuous provision of supportive but challenging play opportunities across the three prime and four specific areas of the curriculum:

    • Communication and language
    • Physical Development
    • Personal social and emotional development
    • Literacy
    • Maths
    • Understanding the world
    • Expressive arts and design

    The Reception class’ indoor and outdoor learning environments stimulate enquiry and develop confidence through a range of carefully planned activities which foster the characteristics of effective early learning:

    • Playing and exploring
    • Active learning
    • Creating and thinking critically

    The learning progress and next steps for each child is individually monitored and assessed through observation, learning stories and strong links with parents and other significant adults in a child’s life. Observation evidence, photographs and ‘wow’ moments form an individual learning journey which is shared with parents throughout the reception year. At the end of the year children are assessed against the learning goals in each curriculum area. Judgments are made from on-going observations throughout the year.

    Key Stage 1

    Pupils are in Key Stage one from 5 to 7 years of age. This includes Year one and Year two.
    In Key Stage One the following subjects are taught:

    • Phonics
    • Reading
    • Writing
    • Mathematics
    • Information Communication Technology including Computing
    • Knowledge and Understanding of the World, including: Science, Geography, History and Design and Technology.
    • Religious Education
    • Creative Development, including: music, art, dance and drama.
    • Personal, Social and Health Education.
    • Physical Education

    Towards the end of Year 1 children are assessed in a phonics screening test and towards the end of Year 2 there are end of key stage assessments.

    Key Stage 2

    Pupils are in Key Stage two from 8 to 11 years of age. This includes Year three, Year four, Year five and Year six.

    In Key stage two the following subjects are taught:

    • Phonics (for a small group of children who may need to further embed)
    • Reading
    • Mathematics
    • Information Communication Technology including Computing
    • Knowledge and Understanding of the World, including: Science, Geography, History and Design and Technology.
    • Religious Education
    • Creative Development, including: music, art, dance and drama.
    • Personal, Social and Health Education.
    • Physical Education

    Reading and Phonics

    At Minerva Academy we are keen to promote a love of reading. Every classroom has a bright and inviting reading corner with a range of real books for children to choose from. Books are regularly sent home as part of homework and initially children will start by moving through book banded Oxford Reading Tree books, before they progress to chapter books linked to an appropriate reading age. In addition, children will also participate in small group guided reading sessions where they will be given the opportunity to work with an adult to unpick and discuss a text.

    High quality, daily phonics teaching at Minerva Academy begins in Reception and continues throughout KS1 and into Year 3. At Minerva, The Read, Write INC phonics programme is used. Interventions are run to support children who may need additional support throughout the Key Stages. Children are taught in small groups to ensure they receive the teaching that is best suited to their abilities. Phonics workshops are delivered for parents to enable them to support their children at home.

    London is our classroom Topic work

    Principles of our theme based curriculum
    There are three levels to our curriculum- Intended-the matter meant, Implemented-the matter taught, Achieved-the matter learnt. Each theme is taught as an immerse experience for our children so they are able to gain a wide range of learning experiences. The themes are underpinned by key skills which are linked to a range of subjects across the curriculum.

    Although English and Maths are stand alone subjects, there is a clear link to the theme, especially in English using key texts. Spoken language will also form an important part of the learning and opportunities will be given to practice and develop aspects of spoken language.

    The theme always begins with a ‘hook’ or ‘memorable’ experience, there will be many trips and workshops throughout the school year to ensure that pupils have a full understanding of the subject.

    The theme lessons always work towards a meaningful ending where the class creates a product they are proud of or share a performance with others about what they have learnt. What the final lessons do provide is evidence to support children depth of understanding around the theme.

    (Please view Year group curriculum document for further information)

    Long term and medium term plans

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