The curriculum of Akaal Primary School is based on the two key elements of our vision: a Sikh ethos and a strong focus on literacy development. Our curriculum is broad, balanced and thematic. We teach the content and skills of the National Curriculum, including the programmes of study in English and Mathematics, so that our pupils will enter secondary education with a secure base of knowledge and understanding on which to build. We provide religious education and collective worship that meets the needs of children of all faiths and none.
The Mastery approach is core to our planning and delivery. The majority of pupils will 'master' the relevant objectives, with some pupils working 'at greater depth'. Pupils are assessed using the definitions 'Developing', 'Achieving Age Related Expectations (ARE)', and 'Exceeding ARE'. Those working at greater depth will be exceeding ARE.
Akaal Primary School teaches Phonics using the Read, Write, Inc. (RWI) approach. In addition to using this approach to develop reading, we use book-banding to ensure that pupils reading development is appropriate, supported by accessible resources.
We deliver a broad curriculum, using the National Curriculum. High priority is given to the core subjects English, Mathematics and Science. Non-core foundation subjects such as History, Geography, Art, Technology, ICT, RE, Modern Foreign Languages, Music and PE will be taught using a thematic approach, emphasising literacy and creativity. The termly thematic work includes weekly 'mini-missions', and each theme culminates with a 'Learning Challenge', where the knowledge and skills gained across the term are used independently.
In addition to the curriculum offer, pupils are able to take part in a Faith Development lesson, currently focused on the study of the Sikh faith. Families are able to make an alternative provision choice at this time.
The Reception curriculum is taught through a number of topic areas. Each topic area will address the following learning areas of the Foundation Stage:
- Personal/Social/Emotional Development.
- Communication/Language and Literacy (including Phonics).
- Mathematical Development.
- Knowledge and Understanding of the World (including language awareness).
- Physical Development (including games, dance and team based activities).
- Creative Development (drawing, painting, creating, building and other projects).
If you would like to find out more about our curriculum, please contact the school and we will be happy to share our approach in more detail.