At Ark Kings Academy, children learn knowledge and skills through an ‘Integrated Curriculum’. This means children are taught knowledge and skills across a range of subjects, in different learning activities, across all times of the day! Each half term, there will be a theme or topic that guides the integrated curriculum:
Click here for PDF version: Curriculum Topic.pdf
* Reception topics are shorter and centre around a key text, outlined in the table above.
Research shows that children have a better understanding of what they are learning if they commit core knowledge to memory. Each half term, pupils and parents/carers will be given a Knowledge Organiser. This is a document that contains all the key facts and figures that children need to learn for that topic. We encourage pupils to learn this knowledge off-by-heart. This will allow them to grapple with more complex ideas and questions in lessons. Knowledge Organisers can be downloaded here:
Spring 1 Knowledge Organisers
Autumn 2 Knowledge Organisers
At Ark Kings Academy, English lessons are taught through ‘Talk for Writing’. This is an approach to teaching in which children are exposed to quality examples of writing, rehearse and perform the texts aloud and unpick what makes it a good piece of writing before being guided on how to write their own text. Pupils have lots of opportunities for ‘short burst writing’ as well as the chance to write independently at length. Pupils’ writing is often influenced by the books and texts they encounter in reading lessons.
Read Write Inc
All children are initially taught to read via the Read Write Inc Phonics programme. The programme is a complete literacy resource for beginner and emergent readers. It is proven to develop fluent and enthusiastic readers who quickly develop an in-depth comprehension of texts. Through the programme children learn to read and write letter-sound correspondences, decode effortlessly and spell and handwrite systematically. The programme also helps our children write confidently using oral rehearsal. Read Write Inc lessons are exciting and fast paced.
Reading for Pleasure
We are a reading school where all children and adults read for pleasure and can share in the joy of books. All children will take books home to read for pleasure. These books are to be read aloud to family members and quietly to themselves. We encourage all family members to talk to their children about what they are reading. In school, we teach discrete reading lessons as well as use books as a stimulus in all other aspects of the curriculum. At the end of every day, ‘Everyone Reads In Class’ which means children read or listen to a class story with their teacher.
Spelling and Handwriting
Spelling and handwriting are taught throughout all aspects of the curriculum, as well as in isolation. This enables pupils to practise the words and handwriting techniques expected of children of their age, as well as apply what they have learnt in all their work. Spelling rules and example words can be found here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/Spelling.pdf
In the Early Years and Foundation Stage, an emphasis on real life experiences means that children have opportunities to develop their understanding of maths in the world around them. There is a strong emphasis on role-play and the use of concrete materials to support their understanding.
Year 1 & 2 are use the principles of Mathematics Mastery in their everyday practice. Mathematics Mastery focuses on identifying characteristics of effective practice in building pupils’ secure knowledge, skills and understanding of number so that they demonstrate fluency in calculating, solving problems and reasoning about number.
Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 build on the principles of Mathematics Mastery. An emphasis on following the CPA (concrete, pictorial, abstract) approach is adopted so that children gain a deeper understanding of the maths that they have covered.
For more information about the primary curriculum at Ark Kings Academy, please contact Mr Taylor, Deputy Headteacher: Academic.
Please call 0121 458 5380 to arrange an appointment.