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What will your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here.

 

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Curriculum Intent

 

At GEMs Wantage Primary Academy we recognise the importance of securing knowledge, rehearsal and working hard to become confident and resilient thinkers and learners.

 

Our curriculum is broad and our commitment to encouraging creativity as well as academic mastery is unswerving. We believe in a mastery approach which works on the principle that all learners, with effort, will meet the best possible expectations. We work on the premise that great teaching, based on formative assessment, particularly great questioning, is key. Precise assessment, teaching that closes any gaps, thinking about ability differently are all part of our approach

 

Our intent is to teach children to ask big questions, challenge ideas and build on both their individual and combined strengths to solve problems and respond to the world around them. We believe children should have the opportunity to delve into learning of key ideas/constructs and opportunities for even deeper learning (growth mindset).

 

We intend that each child challenges themselves every day, taking risks, learning from mistakes and persevering towards their most ambitious goals. Our children will be encouraged to aim as high as they can whilst also enjoying their childhood and benefiting from a variety of broad opportunities and experiences.

 

Implementation

 

Our Curriculum delivers the National Curriculum 2014 and beyond. It is designed to be exciting for children and staff with stimulating topics which the children become fully absorbed in using a cross-curricular approach. It enriches our children as learners and leaders for the future, offering them unique, bespoke opportunities over their seven-year primary journey and preparing them for the future.

 

High-quality texts lie at the heart of the school’s curriculum and these are used to engage children in the topic at hand. 

 

We have a unique star challenge system which is used across the whole school and in all subjects to provide all of our children with challenge in every area of the curriculum. Our star challenge enables us to lift the lid on learning. In every lesson, the children to make autonomous decisions, selecting the level of learning right for them for that particular lesson. We model and scaffold the children as learners so that they are able to know how to make the right choices for them to ensure they have the chance to excel. We do not have fixed ability groups, instead the level of star indicates the level of learning the child takes per lesson, there is the opportunity to attempt more than one star, to explore greater depth and to be supported to achieve.

 

We engage our children in their learning with special WOW days. These could be immersing them in a Greek experience day, a Viking visiting the school, a volcanic explosion, the arrival of a mystery to solve or an educational excursion. We work in class teams, with year groups joining together to explore their learning fully and give children the opportunity to work with peers and teachers from another class.

 

Interwoven throughout our Curriculum is our British Values and SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) development of our children. Our weekly celebration assembly ensures we celebrate all of our children’s effort achievement both inside and outside school.

 

 

Impact

 

We believe in ‘learning for life’ and this can be seen throughout our curriculum and in books. Where we cannot capture this in the children’s books, our special class learning journeys and website are available for all to see and share.

 

Through our approach, children at GEMs Wantage Primary Academy will achieve highly. Our curriculum and environment fosters pupils who are respectful, polite, and honest and contribute to the community in a positive manner. As a school, we are determined that our children will leave us as confident, ambitious, independent and well-educated young people, ready for the next part in their education and we will work closely with secondary schools to ensure a smooth transition.

 

Our teachers will continually use assessment of the children’s responses and the work they produce to measure impact. A regular programme of monitoring, evaluation and review is in place. This includes book scrutinies, learning walks and lesson observations to measure the impact of teaching and learning, as well as pupil voice to gauge children’s engagement and enjoyment of the curriculum.  Teachers and leaders also have the school’s curriculum assessment data to support judgements on the impact our curriculum is having.

Curriculum enrichment

 

At WPA we believe that the academic life of our pupils and staff should include much more than what happens in the main stream curriculum. As our school day runs longer than most, we are offer a wide range of experiences and challenges that enrich our curriculum. This is to ensure that our pupils are inspired to learn outside of the classroom and develop the skills required for the world beyond their primary education. All children at WPA have access to a wide range of after school and in school clubs that enrich and enhance their learning across the curriculum.

 

Furthermore, each year group aims to plan a variety of trips over the course of the academic year to extend pupils learning and experiences of a modern British society. Subject leaders will also develop activities that provide whole school enrichment and collaborative working across year groups. Enrichment events are shared with parents through our website and newsletters.

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Our learning environment

 

Our classroom environments both support and enrich the learning of all children.  As well as being vibrant and welcoming, the classroom environment is a learning resource, the second teacher, a way of engaging children and building the class community.  Our classrooms create a sense of ownership and be used to support and promote learning, as well as celebrating children’s work.

 

We use the classroom environment as an interactive resource which supports teaching, learning and assessment. Each classroom is to be filled with theme-based challenging questions that will be changed regularly. Our working walls show clear progression and are exemplary reference points for our pupils. 

 

At GEMs Wantage Primary Academy, we believe that a well organised and stimulating environment has a direct impact on the quality of teaching and learning, and therefore supports raising standards.  It enables pupils to develop independence as learners, building on good Foundation Stage practice and moving beyond. We provide consistent expectations for all pupils in order to support them, whilst challenging them to give their very best. We develop a shared sense of what high standards look like.

 

 

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