At Springbank Primary Academy we believe that lessons should be stimulating, exciting and engaging.
Each GLA Academy’s curriculum is designed to meet the needs and interests of the children, parents and local community. Our GLA Curriculum is based on 6 curriculum essentials to ensure successful outcomes for all our pupils. Link here. These have been developed in GLA academies as part of best practice pedagogy action research projects and school development action plans and are the cornerstone to our success. Our curriculum promotes the highest standards of personal and collective achievement across all ability ranges. It grabs the attention, stimulates and stretches the imagination, stirs the senses and instils a passion for lifelong learning.
We continue to develop our curriculum to ensure that we provide a world class education, taking into account guidance and expectations for English schools. For a parents guide to the national curriculum, click here.
Our EPIC Curriculum
Effort: Our curriculum is continually evolving and developing as a tailor made programme to provide a rich and diverse range of learning experiences. These experiences are planned to motivate and stimulate enquiring minds and embed a lifelong love of learning.
Improvement: Subjects are interwoven to allow clear progression of skills against a back drop of exciting and motivating contexts. Children make links between their learning and can visualise how different subjects connect together giving them a clear direction for their learning. Children are involved in, and increasingly help, to design their own learning journey. Teachers encourage children to strive for their very best by engaging them in work that allows children choice and independence. Every child will be challenged to investigate, explore, question and seek solutions to develop their own knowledge, ideas and principles.
Participation: Throughout their journey in our school, children learn about themselves as growing and changing individuals with their own experiences and ideas, and as members of their communities. They become more mature, independent and self-confident. They learn about the wider world and the interdependence of communities within it. They develop their sense of social justice and moral responsibility and begin to understand that their own choices and behaviour can affect local, national or global issues. They learn how to take part more fully in school and community activities. As they begin to develop into young adults, they transfer to secondary school with support and encouragement from the whole community.
Celebration: Our Curriculum promotes the highest standards of personal and collective achievement across all ability ranges. It grabs the attention, stimulates and stretches the imagination, stirs the senses and instils a passion for lifelong learning.
At Springbank Primary Academy we do not follow any specific scheme for teaching Reading, Writing and Mathematics, however we do use a range of agreed strategies. These are agreed across the Gloucestershire Learning Alliance and staff receive frequent training to review and update their knowledge.
Writing -Talk 4 Writing. Writing is taught in 3 phases: Imitation, Innovation and Independent Application.
Reading - Reciprocal Reading. This is part of our guided reading teaching and is also used to unpick any cross curricular reading. There are four parts to this strategy: Predict, Clarify, Question and Summarise.
Mathematics - A variety of approaches are used including bar modelling, problem solving and fluency teaching.
The BIG Idea
Our BIG Ideas Curriculum means that the whole school have the same BIG Idea and age appropriate driving questions.
The curriculum enables children to deepen understanding of a variety of wide concepts to promote higher order thinking, whilst ensuring that children develop a sound knowledge of our world. Our unique UNITED learning curriculum also helps children achieve this.
This term our BIG Idea is Respect
- What is respect?
- How do we show respect?
- What happens when we are disrespectful?
- How can we respect / care for our environment?
- Why should we respect our environment
All BIG Ideas are based around a key text.
For Little Learners/EYFS and KS1 this is Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish by Michael Foreman
KS2 are using Dr Suess' If I ran the Rainforest and The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry