Curriculum - ‘If you can dream it you can do it, now go out there and change the world!’

At Northwood Broom Academy, we believe that our creative, skills based, integrated curriculum allows for ALL children to be excited, enthusiastic thinkers who fulfil their potential through quality first teaching. Our approach to teaching and learning encourages children to be open-minded, to think and work independently and collaboratively, to problem solve and be able to communicate effectively. We put enquiry and exploration at the heart of learning and encourage our children to be effective learners who enjoy working and playing collaboratively. In essence, we seek to ensure every child really does ‘Learn, Care and Achieve’ to their best. We promote a calm, safe, learning environment underpinned by a positive behaviour policy and nurturing ethos through which pupils are taught how to return to a place of calm reflection and manage their own emotions.

Early Years follows the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and Key Stage 1 follow the National Curriculum (2014)

 

 

We teach our children to be MAGIC learners, using and applying the following learning behaviours:

  • Motivation (Mickey Mouse) 
  • Attitude (Alice in Wonderland)
  • Gumption (Goofy)
  • Independent (the Incredibles)
  • Communication (Cinderella)

 

 

 

We want our curriculum to be MAGICAL too, so every theme is underpinned by a Disney movie, used to motivate and inspire learning.

These are the topics that every year group study. Topic based learning incorporates the teaching and learning of computing, design and technology, history, geography, art, music and PE, and is underpinned by a focus on celebrating British values.

 

Year group

Autumn 1

Spring 1

Summer 1

 

Nursery

Mirror, mirror on the wall

Heroes

Changes

One Book

One School

 

Reception

Our World and Beyond

Our Family and Other Animals

Happily Ever After

 

Year 1

Marvellous Me

Time Travellers

All Creatures Great and Small

 

Year 2

Where do we belong?

Diary of London

Journey into the Unknown Transition Project

 

Visits and ‘WOW’

Pupils will take part in many trips around the local area, and each year group will go on one visit outside Stoke-on-Trent. We endeavour to ensure that our curriculum is full of ‘WOW’ experiences to ensure learning is fun. This could be visitors into school, hatching chicken eggs, growing butterflies from eggs, cooking, making a professional book, etc. There are so many ways to make learning fun, exciting and engaging.

 

 

 

 

Early Years Foundation Stage

Our approach to the EYFS curriculum recognises that every child is a competent learner and that all children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. We offer active, rich and personalised experiences which motivate, challenge and inspire our children to become curious and enquiring learners, who can think critically. We value how our children engage with us, their peers and their environment. The indoor and outdoor environment plays a significant role in supporting and extending children's development and learning at Northwood. We highly value outdoor learning experiences.

The Early Years Foundation Stage begins in the nursery phase where the main focus is on the 3 Prime areas;

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development     

As children become confident and move into Reception we provide further opportunities in the specific areas of;

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Phonics and Early Reading

We teach phonics through a synthetic approach, using the Letters and Sounds programme. In nursery, children are taught to tune into the environment, and hear and recognise sounds. They are also taught to recognise the first 19 letter sounds and the sounds that they make (Letters and Sounds Phase 2). In Reception, pupils revise Phase 2 and move onto Phase 3, learning to read and spell words using these letters. This is built upon as children learn about combinations of letters which make different sounds (Phase 3 and 4). As children enter Year 1, they are taught about alternative spellings for different sounds and when to use these (Phase 5). Children in Year 2 are taught about spelling strategies. All phonics is taught in ability groups.

We use a range of phonic reading schemes to support the children’s reading such as Comics for Phonics and Oxford Reading Tree. This enables them to apply their phonic reading skills and use blending as the prime approach in decoding unfamiliar words. Once children have passed the Year 1 Phonics Screen, they read a broader range of books, enabling them to further develop their inferential reading skills.

English

We encourage children to read widely and promote a love of literature. Each year group will study texts by established authors, one by a contemporary author; and complete an author study, where several books by the same author are studied. We passionately believe in magically bringing ‘books to life’ with children as we encourage a love of reading for pleasure. We read to children and with children; and they read to us.

We encourage children to use their reading as a spring board for writing, ‘magpieing’ ideas and language to develop their own stories and texts.

Maths

Maths is applied across all areas of the curriculum to ensure purpose, context and practical understanding. Lessons are taught discretely with a developing focus on using the Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract (CPA) approach, which develop fluency, reasoning, problem solving and conceptual understanding for mastery. Children are encouraged to use their mathematical understanding to solve problems which are linked with topics and Disney themes. Numbers and calculation form a major part of learning from nursery onwards, starting with practical situations and moving onto abstract ideas. Children also explore measure, shape, fractions, position and direction.

Please speak to your child’s teacher if you wish to know more about our curriculum.