Foundations of Learning
At Perry Court we believe in creating strong foundations of knowledge and skills for all of our pupils, allowing them to build on their learning. We track the performance of all, enabling us to challenge lack of progress and support when needed, closing gaps in attainment.
We are passionate about how we approach this and use everything from drama, music and art to immerse children into everything they do. Making links and connections between areas of learning, developing new skills to a mastery level is an integral part of the National Curriculum.
Using an engaging and exciting curriculum we are able to support each child to discover and develop their interests and talents. Through regular communication we are able to work with our parents and carers to assist pupils both at home and at school.
In Year 6 and in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), we plan and respond to what the children need. You can find more details available on the Class pages. Details about every other group’s learning can be found below.
Our curriculum evolves each year to suit the needs of the children who are learning, and although topics may start with a similar stylus, we are more than happy for our children to work with their teachers to direct where their learning journeys take them.
In the foundation stage children will spend much of their time on literacy activities. As they move up the academy, literacy provision will change and develop to suit children’s needs as they develop basic skills and become confident readers and writers. In Key Stage 1 we use the Letters & Sounds system for phonics learning.
Many wonderful free childrens books are available to read at Children’s Storybooks Online. Stories span age ranges from preschool, young children, teens, through young adult.
Reading at home:
An extensive range of resources, both indoors and outdoors, will encourage play around number and stimulate children’s natural curiosity in the foundation stage. As children’s skills and understanding deepens, lessons will be complemented by more formal teaching, using number activities to consolidate understanding and support progress.
All children will be taught the relationship between physical activity and a healthy body and a healthy mind from an early age. This will include the development of an understanding of the key role that healthy eating plays in the development of a healthy lifestyle.
ICT can be found across the whole curriculum. From the very youngest age children will become familiar with technology through the use of interactive whiteboards and tablets. They will have opportunities to use ICT themselves within whole class and small group teaching.
At Perry Court in years 1-6 we teach a different religion each term focusing on the 6 main world religions of Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Judaism with opportunities to explore other faiths as and when relevant. We teach RE using a RE-spect curriculum model. This involves a whole school launch (usually with special visitor) and then the giving out of 6 year group questions about that religion for children to investigate. The children then share their learning in another whole school assembly at the end of the term and the learning is recorded either on video, in our topic floor books or in our writing books as appropriate.
Children in Reception learn about religious education by celebrating a range of religious festivals – details can be found on the Reception curriculum plan below.
Science will be taught as both a separate and a key subject in its own right. It will also be taught through the International Primary Curriculum to ensure that children make the connections between science and other areas of learning.
Modern foreign languages
Children will begin learning French in Key Stage 2. At this age they will be introduced to the joy of learning a new language, introducing them to key vocabulary that can be used on a daily basis in class, along with singing and playing games.
The teaching of the arts and creativity is an important aspect of the curriculum at all ages. Art and pictures will underpin the development of literacy from the youngest age and will continue to influence pupils’ speech and writing as they mature and their skills develop. Music and singing will be encouraged not only in their own right, but also to enhance other areas of the curriculum.
Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education
This will form part of the thinking skills approach to learning across the whole academy. It will be taught as a discrete lesson with the aim to stimulate debate and reflection within a structured setting.
Should you have any further questions about the curriculum our academy follows please speak to your class teacher or phase leader who can be contacted via the academy office.