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Our Curriculum

It is important to us that your child loves learning! In a rapidly changing world, we want to equip children with the skills to easily adapt to changing circumstances.

At All Faiths Children’s Academy, we aim to bring learning to life by providing high quality teaching and inspirational learning activities which link to all areas of the curriculum. ‘Cornerstones’ is the vehicle that supports this approach, which is used to develop links between all areas of the children’s learning. Using the Cornerstones half term projects we want children to engage, develop, innovate and express their ideas through a range of activities.

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We:

  • expect all our children to make as much progress as possible;
  • provide an environment where children can feel secure, be imaginative, are able to take risks and make mistakes, without damaging their self-esteem;
  • encourage responsibility – enabling every child to become independent and ambitious;
  • promote curiosity – fostering lively and enquiring minds to develop the ability to question and reason.

 

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Our broad, balanced and progressive curriculum teaches children through many first-hand experiences. Through what and how we teach, we aim to inspire your child to hold aspirations which they can turn into reality. A curriculum letter, sent home at the beginning of each new learning phase, will tell you about the learning that is planned and how you can help.

Foundation Stage

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Hop, run, skip, jump… enjoy yourselves, play!

Play is not only fun, but essential. It builds strong, healthy bodies, teaches us about choices, risk, creativity, our environment, interaction with others and helps our brains to develop.

Our 3, 4 and 5 year olds engage in 3 prime areas of learning and 4 special areas of learning building on what they already know and can do. The curriculum deepens their understanding through play, talk, observation, planning, questioning, investigation, listening, repeating, reflecting and responding.

They learn both inside and outside and are given time to explore, concentrate, persist and develop their thinking.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

At All Faiths we aim to give all children the very best opportunities to develop a sense of identity and to feel secure.

We want our pupils:

  • to have high self-esteem – a vital component in being able to be successful;
  • to enjoy being challenged;
  • to relish being thinkers and problem solvers;
  • to be able to work independently or as an effective team member.

The adults at school lead by example, respecting the children, each other, valuing different views and establishing relationships which benefit the children. We want your child to develop a positive attitude to learning – to love learning – for life!

Communication and Language

Effective communication is central to every child’s education. Children need to be able to express their needs and feelings and to interact with others. All Faiths offers a wealth of opportunities to enable your child to speak and listen effectively. All our pupils also have the special opportunity to learn how to naturally and spontaneously communicate with pupils who are deaf.

Physical Development

At All Faiths we believe that children should:

  • respect their bodies;
  • be aware of the benefits of being fit and healthy;
  • be given every opportunity to develop their physical skills.

These skills include: co-ordination, control, manipulation and movement. Again, opportunities are available for your child to develop these skills in both the indoor and outdoor environment.

Literacy

All Faiths provides pupils with opportunities to enjoy books, to learn to read and to learn how to express themselves in writing for a range of purposes and audiences. Most of our cross-curricular work is based around a text.

Mathematical Development

Your child will have practical experiences to learn about numbers and other mathematical ideas such as shape and space. They will learn about patterns, sequences, sorting, making connections, solving problems, using measures – all in a rich and stimulating environment, that allows plenty of time for exploration, enjoyment, practise and talking about experiences.

Understanding the World

Making sense of the world around you is a big job!

At All Faiths, we will develop the enquiry skills that motivate children to discover the diversity of our world with excitement and wonder. Your child will learn about people and their lives and about the environment – geographically and scientifically. They will learn about technology, how people, places and things change over time and how to use a variety of tools, safely and to suit the purpose.

Expressive Arts and Design

Imaginative play, role play, music, art and dance all enable your child to make links between areas of learning and extend their understanding. Being creative, using all the senses, experiencing a wide range of activities, exploring materials, artefacts, space and movement – helps your child to be innovative, imaginative, to communicate ideas and feelings, to make connections and to solve problems.

Key Stage 1 and 2

The National Curriculum

From Year 1 (6 years) until they leave Year 6 at 11 years, your child will study the subjects of the National Curriculum and Religious Education. These build on the areas of learning covered in the Foundation Stage.

They are:

  • English – speaking and listening, reading and writing – we have a well resourced library;
  • Mathematics – number, shape, space and data handling;
  • Science and technological understanding – scientific enquiry, life processes and living things, materials and their properties and physical processes;
  • Computing – we have computers in every classroom, interactive whiteboards and an ICT suite;
  • Understanding Physical Development, Health and well-being
  • Citizenship
  • Understanding the Arts;
  • History, Geographical and Social Understanding;
  • Geography;
  • Music;
  • Modern Foreign Languages – French.

Your preferences have prevented this content from being loaded. If you have recently changed your preferences, please try reloading the pageAt All Faiths, we believe that pupils learn best through first – hand, linked experiences – linking skills and knowledge in one subject to those of another. For example, measuring accurately is a mathematical skill needed in scientific investigations. We aim to develop your child’s thinking through as many direct and practical experiences as possible. We often link the subjects learnt to a central theme.

The development of positive attitudes to learning are just as important – concentration, persistence, pride in presentation, the willingness to take a risk and get things wrong! We often tell the children that if they didn’t make a mistake, we’d be out of a job! Mistakes are a natural part of the learning process, to be evaluated and learnt from.

We set whole school, year group and individual targets for all children. To work towards these, your child will either be learning something new or practising (and getting better at) something they can already do. Planning for the children’s learning is on display in every classroom and detailed in a letter sent home every term. Long term planning which links subjects together, can be found on our website.

Please follow these links to our curriculum principles. If you would like further information about the school’s curriculum please contact the School Office.