There is always something in the curriculum to challenge everybody
At Davidson Primary Academy, over the course of the year, we continue to work towards the Early Learning Goals outlined in the ‘Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage’ which all nurseries, playgroups and school reception classes have to follow. We work tirelessly to prepare the children for the start of the National Curriculum work in Year One.
We provide learning opportunities in 7 areas, Personal, Social and Emotional development, Literacy, Mathematics, Physical development, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. We approach all aspects of the learning we have to cover through play. Research shows that play is the main way that children learn throughout early childhood.
Through play the children investigate and explore unknown situations.They learn to develop friendships and how to foster positive relationships. They also learn to explore their surroundings and take risks in a safe environment.
Phonics is taught through daily discrete lessons in both Early Years Foundation Stage and in Key Stage 1. Phonics for reading and writing is taught explicitly, as well as across the curriculum so that pupils regularly practise applying their phonic knowledge and skills. Pupils learn sets of sounds, spelling rules, blending for reading and segmenting for writing, following 2007 publication from the DfE ‘Letter & Sounds’.
Our aim is to enable children to become fluent readers, to communicate effectively in speech and writing and to have the ability to use their skills in all areas of the curriculum. We want pupils to develop the ability to write clearly, fluently and quickly as well as having the ability to read, understand and respond to all types of writing.
The teaching of English covers three main areas: speaking and listening, reading, and writing.In speaking and listening our aim is to develop your child’s ability to understand and use language appropriately and effectively. During P4C sessions the children direct class discussions; learning to put forward reasoned arguments, respond and empathise with other’s views.
The main focus for the direct teaching of English is the Literacy Hour during which the skills of spelling, reading, letter formation, text type, format, grammar and punctuation are taught at the appropriate level of development. Aspects of writing are developed in all subject areas.We place a strong emphasis on Literacy Skills. Our aim is to enable children to become fluent readers, to communicate effectively in speech and writing and to have the ability to use their skills in all areas of the curriculum. We want pupils to develop the ability to write clearly, fluently and quickly as well as having the ability to read, understand and respond to all types of writing.
End of Year Expectations (Reading) Y1-Y6
End of Year Expectations (Writing) Y1-Y6
Children in Reception follow a synthetic phonics programme together with Partners in Talking programme. These programmes focus on reading, writing, comprehension, speaking and listening skills. In key stage 1 and 2 Letters and Sounds is currently followed for the teaching of phonics. Letters and Sounds aims to prepare pupils for learning to read and spell by understanding that the letter (s) on a page represent the sounds in spoken words. Once confident in phonic knowledge, pupils move on to building up fluency and expanding on the range of books that they can read independently. The Reading Programme used further up the school at Davidson Academy is Accelerated Reader.
Writing lessons focus on the development of handwriting, punctuation, grammar and the creative process which brings this together to make a piece of writing. Pupils from Year 1 up to Year 6 take part in regular extended writing sessions. Each class will look at a variety of fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts as a basis for their own writing. The pupils have opportunities to look at works of famous authors and poets and from a range of different cultures.
We encourage pupils to develop these crucial skills through all subjects of the curriculum and in readiness to achieve in secondary education and beyond.
Our primary aims are for pupils to:
• become fluent
• reason mathematically
• Solve problems with confidence.
These are taught in a variety of ways which include making links to other subject areas to reinforce concepts and promote interest.
Throughout the school, children take part in Mathletics, an online maths program. Specific skills such as addition, subtraction, doubling, halving, multiplying and dividing are addressed repeatedly but each time at a higher level of understanding and children are encouraged to improve upon their own scores. The ability to calculate in their heads quickly and know the times tables up to 12 is a vital part of Numeracy and gives the children a good base to extend their learning even further.
End of Year Expections (Maths) Y1-Y6
Counting, partitioning and calculating – Using and applying mathematics, Counting and understanding number, Calculating
Securing number facts, understanding shape – Using and applying mathematics, Knowing and using number facts, Understanding shape
Handling data and measures – Using and applying mathematics, Measuring, Handling data
Calculating, measuring and understanding shape – Using and applying mathematics, Calculating, Measuring, Understanding shape
Securing number facts, calculation and relationships – Using and applying mathematics, Counting and understanding number, Knowing and using number facts, Calculating
Science provides the children with the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of key scientific ideas and relate these to everyday experiences.
We help the children to be curious about things they observe and to develop an enquiring mind towards the world around them. The children are taught to develop skills in asking scientific questions and recognising that they can be answered in different ways, performing simple tests, identifying and classifying, investigating, observing, collecting data, recording, concluding and explaining their findings. In addition to working scientifically to the science curriculum it also covers:
Computing is taught discretely and aims to ensure that children:
• can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
• can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
• can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies,E-Safety
All children are expected to take part in P.E. lessons. P.E. contributes to the overall education of young people, by providing challenges, skills and positive attitudes which can be used throughout life.
We believe that all children, irrespective of physical ability, race, gender, creed or stage of achievement, have the right to reach their full potential in P.E. and achieve enjoyment, satisfaction and success at their own level.
Throughout the school, children will have the opportunity to experience a variety of games, gymnastics, dance, athletics and, in KS2, swimming.
Throughout the school, children will have the opportunity to experience a variety of games, gymnastics, dance, athletics and, in KS2, swimming. There are a variety of after school clubs in which the children can participate. We are part of the school sports co-ordinator programme which links us to other primary and local secondary schools. This enables us to participate in inter-school activities and join with local community sports providers.
At Davidson Academy we compliment our creative curriculum with the International Primary Curriculum.
The International Primary Curriculum is a curriculum that is being used in 600 schools in 51 countries around the world. It was launched in 2000 having taken three years to create by a group of leading experts in education from around the world.
The goal of the International Primary Curriculum is for children to focus on a combination of academic, personal and international learning. We want children to enjoy their learning; develop enquiring minds, develop the personal qualities they need to be good citizens of the world, and develop a sense of their own nationality and culture, at the same time developing a profound respect for nationalities and cultures of others. Most of all, we want children to develop all the skills they will need in order to confidently face the world of tomorrow.
“I like that I can do a mindmap about anything all on my own now. We always do mindmaps with the IPC.” – Year 4 child at Davidson Academy.
All schools must teach RE. It’s the only subject that is required by law. All agreed syllabuses must “reflect the fact that the religious traditions are in the main Christian, whilst taking account of the teaching and practices of the other principal religions represented in Great Britain”
The religions taught are:
• KS1 – Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism.
• KS2 – Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism.
There is a daily act of collective worship that is broadly Christian in character. Under the terms of the Education Act, children may be withdrawn from the act of collective worship and religious education lessons through reasons of religious conscience. Parents wishing to exercise their right should initially inform the head teacher in writing giving the reason(s) for this decision and should provide alternative work during this time.
We follow the Croydon Agreed Syllabus
You can view or download our policy here
Children are given the opportunity to design, make and evaluate products through working with a variety of materials. Throughout our Academy the children experience challenges where they have to design and make a specific product.
They are taught to use appropriate tools and materials safely. Design skills are taught so that the children will be able to plan and draw in detail the product they wish to make. Children are also taught to evaluate their finished product in a critical way, looking at both aesthetics and whether it fits the criteria given in the challenge.
At Davidson Academy all children have the opportunity to learn French at Key Stage 2. Most lessons are taught by French speaking teachers who have excellent subject knowledge and are passionate about the French language and aspects of French culture. Children receive one hour of French a week, which is delivered using interactive resources and programmes. Pupils then complete engaging follow-up activities to reinforce what they have learnt that week in their French lesson. We are currently establishing links with a Primary school in Paris so that each class will eventually have pen-pals to correspond with.
In the summer term we hope to host a French day and invite parents to join in with the cheese tasting! Remember to check the website for photos in the summer term.
Here are a few suggested websites:
Mamalisa – poetry, songs and links from around the world
BBC – Primary French
Primary Resources – French: numbers, colours, animals, time, weather, food & drink, the body, clothing, friends & family, hobbies & sport, school, around town, seasonal
Momes.net – a fabulous French site, always up to the minute news, good for inter-cultural development
Geography is the study of places, including the human and physical features which shape them. In geography children will be finding out about their environment. In the Foundation Stage children observe and identify features around them e.g. walking around their local area, focusing on buildings and their uses.
In Key Stage 1 and 2 the children increase their understanding and awareness of the world in which they live. They follow a variety of themes which ensure continuity and progression:
• KS1 – The earth and our homes |
• Our world
• KS2 – active planets
We seek to encourage the children to take responsibility for their surroundings and develop an awareness of sustainability e.g. litter awareness and recycling projects.
During key stage 1 pupils learn about changes and events beyond living memory, the lives of significant individuals in the past and significant historical events including those from both Britain and the wider world. They learn how the past is different from the present and about people and places in their own locality.
During Key Stage 2 pupils continue to develop a sense of knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history and the order in which significant events occurred. They look at history in a variety of ways, for example from political, economic, technological and scientific, social, religious, cultural or aesthetic perspectives.
They use different sources of information to help them investigate the past both in depth and in overview, using dates and historical vocabulary to describe events, people and developments. They also learn that the past can be represented and interpreted in different ways.
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is an intrinsic part of the curriculum. It contributes to important outcomes for children, which we believe include; being healthy, staying safe, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution and achieving economic well-being. PSHE helps to give children and young people the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy and independent lives.
At Davidson we are lucky to have good Forest School sites nearby.
The aim of Forest School is to provide children with opportunities to learn through exploring the environment in a way that is both fun and meaningful.
Through a range of activities children are encouraged to take risks in a safe environment and to develop skills in the following areas:
• Social skills
• Problem solving
• Awareness of the natural world
Over a series of Forest School sessions a number of activities are introduced. Children lead their own learning. They can choose which activities to do and who they work with. The activities offered include:
• Investigating plants and animals
• Painting with mud
• Making sculptures from natural materials
• Using string for knots and lashing sticks together
• Building dens
• Toasting marshmallows on a bonfire
Children often use their imagination and creativity to make up their own activities.