At Queen Eleanor Primary Academy, teachers and support staff observe and assess individual pupils to understand what skills and knowledge they have, and how they learn best. This enables us to work more effectively with pupils to establish where they are in their learning, where they need to go, and the best way to get there. We use tracking systems to identify pupils who are making less than expected progress and who need extra support, as well as those who are working at higher levels and need additional challenge.
Our aim is to provide all pupils with a broad, relevant and engaging curriculum that will equip them with the key skills required to succeed in the next stage of their education and in their adult lives. Our curriculum focuses on skill development and allows room for creativity – both for the teachers and pupils. It is supported by the use of laptops, iPads and other technology and enhanced by a wide range of educational trips and visitors.
The Reception class curriculum is designed to develop children’s key skills in literacy and numeracy through well-taught and challenging practical activities. Planned structured play activities help them to develop their knowledge and understanding of the world about them. A combination of creative and physical activities stimulate their desire to learn.
At Queen Eleanor, we use ‘Read, Write Inc.’ as our main Phonics scheme, our core reading scheme throughout EYFS and KS1, supported by access to a wide range of engaging books. In KS2, we use books from Oxford Reading Tree. We also use core texts in all classes to support the teaching of reading and writing. Children have access to Sumdog, Mathletics, Spellodrome and Reading Pro to support their learning in Maths and English.
All pupils receive the same curriculum coverage. Where pupils have difficulty accessing the curriculum due to their special educational needs, teachers use a variety of additional resources such as concrete materials, visual prompts, models and scaffolding to help structure learning. Class teachers make use of peer mentoring and support whilst teaching assistants are used to ensure that less-able pupils are able to learn alongside their peers. The Academy’s Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator is Sarah McMahon, who can be contacted on 01604 761200.
Support staff lead interventions for pupils who need additional support, including those with SEND. Staff receive training to enable them to deliver such interventions effectively and support pupils with specific needs. In addition, a wide range of resources (such as writing slopes, wobble cushions, wedges and pencil grips) are available to support pupils with physical difficulties.
See the links below for Curriculum Maps for each Year Group. For further information about the curriculum, please make an appointment to see your child’s class teacher.