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

At Northwood Broom Academy, our curriculum is designed to enable every child to know their success and acquire the skills to achieve it, in ways that are meaningful to their own lives, in order to prepare them to be healthy, happy citizens of the future.

The curriculum is taught through our MAGIC school Values, which ensures academic success through developing Motivation, positive Attitude, Gumption, Independence and Communication. We provide ALL children with enrichment opportunities to enable children to try new things and form new interests widening their experiences and understanding through visitors, educational visits, and extracurricular clubs as well as through our exciting topic based approach to learning. Hamilton believes in developing the whole child by putting enquiry and exploration at the heart of learning. In essence, we seek to ensure every child really does strive to reach their full potential whatever their starting point.

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

  • Motivation (Mickey Mouse) 
  • Attitude (Alice in Wonderland)
  • Gumption (Goofy)
  • Independence (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.

Below are the topics taught in every year group:

 

Nursery

Reception

Year 1

Year 2

Autumn 1

Who lives in my house?

What do I know about me?

Why are humans not like Tigers?

Why would a dinosaur not make a good pet?

Autumn 2

Where does the day go at night?

Why are there so many leaves on the ground?

 

 

Why can’t a penguin live near the equator?

How have people like Rosa Parks helped to make the world a better place?

Spring 1

Which colours make you feel happy or sad?

Who are the famous characters inside my books?

What do aliens think of life on planet Earth?

What is our school made of?

Spring 2

What would you find at the farm?

Should Goldilocks say sorry?

Is the Wii/X-Box better than Grandma or Grandad’s old toys?

Where would you prefer to live England or Kenya?

Summer 1

Who goes to the Ugly Bug Ball?

Are all minibeasts scary?

Which birds and plants would Peter Rabbit find in our park?

What do we know about the Victorians and the way they lived?

Summer 2

What can I do with water?

Who can I ask for help?

Where do and did the wheels of the bus go?

How old are the trees around us?

 

 

In addition, we have six enrichment topics that all children in Reception to Year 2 will learn this year:

  • Performance
  • Cooking and Healthy Eating
  • Design and Technology
  • Community Project Journalist
  • Mindfulness and self-reflection
  • Environmental explorers

 

Click here for our Enrichment Activities

Click here for our Enrichment Booklet

 

Click here for the Early Years programme of Study                           Click here for the Key Stage 1 Programmes of Study

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

Phonics is taught through a systematic approach using the Read Write Inc programme. Children are taught to connect sounds with mnemonic pictures: words with their meanings and stories with the sounds they know. The children learn the alphabetic code. At first they learn one way to read the 40+ sounds and blend them into words, then they learn to read the same sounds with alternative graphemes.

Children read books, which are closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and tricky words. They build up fluency and confidence, which allows them to become successful readers. Once pupils 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.