Primary Curriculum Overview
At the Cambridge Park Academy we provide a primary provision for pupils from the age of 4 to 11. We are committed to delivering a fully adapted and tailored primary curriculum that will be taught with the consideration of the needs of all our pupils. We aim to provide a curriculum that is both exciting and engaging. We aim to inspire our young pupils to achieve their personal goals and instil confidence.
Our planning takes guidance from both the Early Year Foundation and National Key Stages 1 and 2 curriculums to meet the varying needs of our pupils. We provide numeracy and literacy lessons across all the primary classes. We also deliver science, computing, music, personal, social and health and physical education lessons. Added to this is time for social interaction and personal development to allow our pupils to grow in their interpersonal and social skills.
Our art and design, history and geography are taught as part of a thematic approach to learning. This allows us to link different subjects together along specific half-term themes. This enables us to actively engage and motivate our pupils through a variety of stimulating topics making the learning more relevant and enjoyable. RE is taught in discrete sessions and is adapted from the local authority syllabus.
We are currently in the process of adapting our curriculum to reflect the changes in the new primary curriculum. We have launched a new rolling two-year plan of topics taking into account the different needs of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
We use the 'Letters and Sounds' resource published by the DfES as a basis for the teaching of phonics.
Pupils develop their grammar, reading and spelling skills through a variety of activities: computer based, kinaesthetic e.g. using Phonix cubes or magnetic letters and games and paper-based activities. Pupils in EYFS and Key Stage 1&2 also have access to the Lexia Core 5 internet-based reading and spelling programme. All pupils have access to a variety of Literacy activities using iPads e.g. Mr. Thorne does Phonics and Twinkl.
With this in mind we enable pupils to consolidate their reading skills through the use of a range of reading schemes. In the Primary department, the principle reading schemes are:
- Dandelion Readers
- Phonics Bug
- Big Cat phonics
- Jolly Phonics
- Oxford Reading Tree (www.oxfordowl.co.uk).
Pupils are encouraged to take reading books / activities home. Please contact Mrs. Seagroatt or your child’s form tutor if you would like your child to take a reading book home.
If you have any questions please use this form to contact Mrs Seagroatt