A great deal of thought and planning has gone into developing our Mount Hawke Academy Curriculum, and it is on a regular review and evolution following feedback from children, parents and staff. The result is a rich and varied curriculum which provides daily teaching and learning of English and Mathematics, and also includes provision for the delivery of Science, Physical Education, Computing, Art and Design, Design Technology, Geography, History, Religious Education, Modern Foreign Languages, Music and Personal, Social and Health Education. This is done through a wide range of topics over the different year groups.
Our Curriculum aims to:
- Develop inquisitive minds, a spirit of curiosity and a passion for learning.
- Embed skills to prepare children for further learning and productive adulthood.
- Take learning beyond the classroom.
- Develop children to become reflective learners who have a sense of responsibility for their own learning and development.
- Build confidence and motivation within our children.
- Grow children who understand the importance of perseverance, resilience and tolerance, with high expectations and self-belief to fulfil their potential.
- Enable children to use their acquired skills and knowledge to observe, question and think.
- Ensure all learn to value others, their views, cultures and beliefs.
English and maths skills are taught discretely each morning and are rehearsed during afternoons using other subjects. For example, the class teacher may use the morning’s English lesson to teach a new skill - why we use apostrophes and how to use them correctly. The teacher may use a series of engaging methods to teach this. Then, in a geography lesson, the children will practise applying their new apostrophe knowledge to their writing, in explaining how the water cycle works. The teacher will then assess the child's progress during the afternoon activities based on the National Curriculum objectives for history and also for English. This is what we refer to as a 'cross-curricular' approach to learning English and mathematics.
We have a specialist instructor to support the teaching of PE because our evaluations confirm that an extremely high quality learning experience is provided. All our children represent our school in a sport before they leave , and the increased confidence and self-belief, as well as physical and mental health benefits from taking part in PE are marked.
All subject leaders are given training and opportunity to keep developing their own subject knowledge, skills and understanding so they can support curriculum development and their colleagues throughout the school.
Themed weeks, whole school activities and opportunities within and outside school all enrich and develop the children’s learning. After school clubs and events extend these opportunities further. Additional whole school programmes and approaches support quality teaching and learning, and the school is well resourced in terms of learning materials, books and technology. The outdoor environment and the local community are considered an opportunity for active learning for all our children. The school grounds have been developed so they can enrich different curriculum areas too.
Children have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents and carers and other learners through school-based and external exhibitions, performances, competitions and events involving other schools. Developing their independence and motivation as learners and their sense of responsibility as future citizens is at the heart of all our teaching and learning.
Our teachers ensure that creative, challenging work is planned and that skills, concepts and knowledge are transferred between different areas of the curriculum. The themes selected for study are balanced both across the year and key stage. Links are made to ensure that children develop the self-confidence to move from the familiar to the unknown and challenge themselves in a secure and supportive learning context.
Members of staff meet regularly to share ideas and analyse data, in order to establish areas of strength and development; as a result, we are able to offer a curriculum which is appropriate and relevant to the needs of our children. This includes introducing intervention programmes to provide targeted support.
Our team of dedicated, enthusiastic teaching staff is devoted to delivering high quality teaching and learning. In doing so, they are well supported by an experienced and motivated team of support staff, who are committed to providing the best opportunities and guidance for the children they work with.