‘If you can dream it you can do it, now go out there and change the world!’ Walt Disney
At Northwood Broom Academy, our curriculum is well constructed and enables every child to develop aspirations. Our broad and balanced curriculum facilitates for every child to acquire the skills to achieve their dreams. Knowledge and skills are built upon in ways that are meaningful to their own lives, in order to prepare them to be healthy, happy citizens of the future.
We believe that our curriculum intent is for our children to:
- Develop a positive learning attitude which is underpinned by our MAGIC learning ethos
- Develop inquisitive minds, a spirit of curiosity and a passion for learning
- Develop a love for learning where they use their imagination, creativity, and reflect upon their mistakes and have the confidence to take calculated risks
- Develop aspirations and understand that they have the potential to achieve their dreams
- Be equipped with the skills to safely participate in their community and the world around them
- Reflect and understand how to keep themselves and others mentally, physically and spiritually well
- Develop a deep understanding of the British values of democracy, liberty, rule of law, respect and tolerance whilst respecting their own cultures and beliefs and those of other people
- Know what is right and wrong developing an understanding and respect for the environment and our community
- Have the confidence to be an effective communicator in all situations
“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.“ Walt Disney
At Northwood Broom Academy, to ensure that our curriculum meets the needs of our children, we have adapted the Focus Curriculum approach to planning. This enables us to ensure that a well-planned sequenced curriculum is offered to all children regardless of their starting point. Our curriculum allows all of our children, including disadvantaged pupils and pupils with SEN and/or disabilities, to build upon knowledge and skills previously taught. Children are aware of their end goals and staff have a clear understanding of the skills they need to teach to allow every child to reach that end goal. Our children access the full National Curriculum and key skills and knowledge is weaved through the different subjects so that our children make links within their learning aspiring them to be lifelong learners. Our curriculum is ambitious and designed to give all children the knowledge, self-belief and cultural capital they need to succeed in life.
As a staff we are very aware of the ever changing context of our school and believe that our curriculum accommodates this, equipping our children with the life skills needed to access their community safely and respectfully. Our children are encouraged to develop aspirations through our enrichment curriculum, offering mindfulness and self-reflection, community project journalism, performance, design and technology, cooking and healthy eating, and environmental explorers to all children. Every child has their own ‘child enrichment booklet’, which allows them to celebrate the new life skills they have acquired. Our curriculum is planned to be not only educational, but also enjoyable for both children and staff. It is therefore full of ‘WOW’ memorable experiences which utilise the local environment offering exciting opportunities to all children. We believe that our curriculum inspires our children to develop a love for learning through ambition and a drive to achieve their dreams. This is underpinned by our school motto of ‘If you can dream it you can do it, now go out there and change the world!’
We are committed to teaching a broad and balanced curriculum which nurtures every child’s interest and talents. For this reason, our children also experience regular PE/dance, music, art, technology and drama lessons as part of our creative curriculum. Art is celebrated through our inspiring displays which stimulate the Academy’s learning environment.
The Academy’s staff are committed to nurturing every child and value the importance of extra-curriculum activities such as sewing, cooking, ballet, football and outdoor learning.
Underpinning all of this is our commitment to the acquisition of vocabulary. All staff have a deep understanding of the importance of acquiring a wide vocabulary. Language is a central part of our curriculum and children are immersed in language development throughout all areas of learning.
Our Academy believes that every child has a talent and we strive to ensure that every child, regardless of their starting point, reaches their full potential. We understand the importance of every child acquiring basic skills which can be transferred into all areas of learning. As part of this, reading is a priority, to which we have a rigorous approach. Daily story time is a non-negotiable and our children access the library with their class, weekly. We strive to embed a love of reading into every child. We have a systematic approach to teaching phonics using the Read Write Inc programme. Children read books, which are closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and exception words.
Basic Mathematic skills also form a major part of our curriculum from Nursery to year 2. Our foundation stage children access a practical play based approach which requires them to take calculated risks helping them to make links in their Mathematic learning. In Reception, children are also exposed to the Power Maths scheme of work, which focuses on deepening pupils understanding in Mathematics with regards to their fluency, reasoning, problem solving and conceptual understanding. This is a whole-class mastery programme designed to spark curiosity and excitement and embed a growth mindset. This is continued into key stage one. Our Mathematics lessons are taught through a concrete, pictorial and abstract approach, which allows all children to master the mathematical concepts being taught. Our children also have fun learning their times tables, to equip and prepare them for key stage 2 learning.
Our Academy celebrates the differences within our school community. Our children are taught to be reflective about their beliefs and to understand and respect those of others. Our children engage in a Current Affair’s and PSHE session weekly where social, moral, spiritual and cultural topics are celebrated and debated. Religious Education is also taught following the local authority’s scheme of work.
Through our child centred approach we have embedded a character education, through Disney, to ensure important core ethical values such as caring, honesty, fairness, responsibility and respect for self and others becomes established. Our children ‘live’ the academy’s MAGIC learning behaviours, Motivation, positive Attitude, Gumption, Independence and Communication, which are intertwined within our MAGICal curriculum. Our children demonstrate a love of learning and they are eager to contribute to all aspects of school life, through the voice of the School Council. We intend for each and every one of our children to be kind and caring citizens.
“I like topic work because we get to plan and make things.” Joseph
“I like Read, Write Inc because it helps me with my reading and phonics. It makes my writing better. I use my Goofy Gumption.” Fatimah
“Power Maths helps me to learn better. The Characters help me to solve problems.” Caitlyn
“I do lots of writing now I am in year 1. I like using my MAGIC attitude.” Emileigh