Curledge Street Academy aims to create a learning environment which gives a ‘Flying Start to Lifelong Learning’.
To become a ‘Lifelong Learner’ in the 21st century, our children will need to be resilient and confident individuals, with an ability to relate to others and communicate their thoughts and ideas with humility and understanding.
As well as our commitment to delivering British Values* throughout our curriculum and learning experiences, we have four key values at the heart of our curriculum:
Our ethos value is one of respect. We encourage all members of our school community to be respectful to others. To empathise and value one another’s opinions and beliefs.
Our key learning values are independence, creativity and collaboration. Through the use of cooperative learning structures, Bloom’s Taxonomy and employing the principles of growth mindset, our key learning values are at the heart of our practice and intrinsic to all teaching and learning.
Our curriculum is designed to be engaging and motivating for all learners. It focuses on the development of key skills. Its primary focus is to prepare children for a lifetime of learning – to help them understand the skills they will need to be a good learner throughout their life in whatever they are learning about.
These learning behaviours are described and promoted in our learning community so that all have a shared and agreed understanding of what they mean and look like at Curledge Street.
Our key learning values are:
These are added to with our ethos value of:
Every unit of learning that is developed has one of these values at its centre. The learning behaviours needed to be a successful learner are actively taught and are integrated into the subject skills and learning objectives.
Each unit of learning is designed to make the learning real and relevant. It aims to ‘hook’ the learners’ interest and has a meaningful outcome that is shared across the learning community in some way
The academy is organised in 3 phases:
Phase 1, Nursery and Reception
Phase 2, Year 1, 2 and 3
Phase 3, Year 4, 5 and 6
Phase 1 – Nursery and Reception
Within Phase 1 the children learn through structured play-based activities both inside and outside. These activities are based around seven areas of learning and development:
- Communication and Language; Physical
- Development; Personal, Social and Emotional
- Development; Literacy; Mathematics;
- Understanding the World; Expressive Arts and
- Design. The topics covered will help children learn about themselves and their classmates, the local environment and the wider world.
Phase 2 – Year 1, 2 and 3
These year groups operate as a Phase Team and staff plan together to provide a broad and balanced curriculum. This focuses on the key skills in English and Maths with a great emphasis on developing early reading skills so that children read with increasing confidence by the time they move on to Phase 3. The classes are located close to each other so that the children get a sense of being part of the Phase, meeting together for playtimes and assemblies as well as using opportunities to work together during curriculum time. The classes are led by a Phase Leader.
The school has a structured approach to teaching phonics which starts in Nursery. The school uses Read, Write Inc to support children with their phonics and reading.
Phase 3 – Year 4, 5 and 6
Children in Phase 3 are taught mainly in year group classes, but opportunities to mix classes and groups for a variety of reasons and needs are taken regularly; this helps to foster a sense of belonging to the wider phase.
The curriculum focuses on developing the key skills required for greater independence in English and Maths, and units of learning have been developed which give purpose and relevance to the tasks and activities that the children take part in. At the end of Phase 3 the children take their National Assessments (SATs) so time in Year 6 is given to help children prepare for these.
If parents/carers would like further information, please contact the school and arrange to meet Mrs. J. Humphrey or Mrs Victoria Carter.