Curriculum

English

Depth before breadth: Our first priority is to build a secure foundation in English and mathematics as the basis for all other learning. Pupils are taught to read, write and work with numbers fluently and confidently. Where pupils need extra support it is provided to ensure that every child reaches and exceeds nationally expected standards. Our English teaching focuses on speaking and listening, reading and writing using synthetic phonics and other reading strategies. We use the Read Write Inc. reading programme which is based on “synthetic phonics” that is, children learn what combinations of letters make all the different sounds in English and to blend these to make words and how to decode words when they see these combinations. You can find more details of how the scheme works and material to use helping your child at home here: http://www.oup.com/oxed/primary/rwi/forparents/

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. Children have responded extremely well to the programme so far and, now in our second year, we are looking forward to continued reading success.

Reading for Pleasure

We are a reading school where all children and adults read for pleasure and can share in the joy of books. In the EYFS and in Years 1 & 2, we follow the Oxford Reading Tree scheme which allows all children to access books to take home at a level suitable for them. These books are to be read aloud to family and quietly to ourselves. We encourage all family members to comment on each reading through home reading records. Our school library is home to beautiful new books and a cataloguing system which allows our children to take ownership of their reading experience. Every class visits our local council run library each half term and we encourage all children to get a library card which allows them free access to thousands of books.

Mathematics

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.

Mathematics Mastery

Year 1 & 2 are using 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. Units are focused around Fairy Tales and Occupations so this enthuses the children and has helped to raise attainment.

Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 have adapted their practice to follow the principles of Mathematics Mastery. An emphasis on following the CPA (concrete, pictorial, abstract) approach has been adopted so that children gain a deeper understanding of the maths that they have covered.

Mathletics

A Mathletics club is run before and after school for children in Year 5 & 6. This enables them to practise, use and apply the skills they have learnt in school using Information Communication Technology.

Further information

For more information about the primary curriculum at Ark Kings Academy, please contact the Head of School, Miss Gregson.

You can contacy Miss Gregson by calling 0121 458 5380 or emailing info@arkkingsacademy.org. Alternatively, you arrange a meeting with Miss Gregson by speaking with a member of staff at reception.