Structure and Organisation
We aim to apply the best principles of Early Years education, encouraging positive attitudes to school and its routines. During their time in the Early Years, children have access to learning areas both inside and outside. A variety of activities are on offer which are either child-initiated or adult-led.
In our Reception classes, children develop social skills, learning how to work harmoniously together – taking turns, sharing and listening. Through a purposeful, well planned and organised curriculum, children gain strong foundations in communication and language, literacy, numeracy, creative and physical skills, as well as nurturing their personal, social and emotional development. The children’s development during this crucial stage underpins their future learning.
KS1 and KS2
In Years 1 to 6, English, Maths and Science are taught discretely, following national guidelines. Throughout KS1 and KS2, children enjoy focused, carefully planned core lessons, which reflect the emphasis placed on teaching the children reading, writing, numeracy and investigative skills.
At Breakwater Academy we will be adopting Success for All.
Success for All makes reading the cornerstone of the curriculum. For children to succeed in school, they must be reading at the national curriculum stage of learning by the end of each year group. They also need effective teachers, so SFA includes intensive professional development, on going coaching support, and data tools to give teachers feedback on how children are learning and where they need additional teaching or extra help. SFA involves the whole community in implementing effective teaching that is based on the best research on what works. Success for All makes learning fun and engaging for children and helps teachers become knowledgeable, skilled instructional leaders.
At Breakwater Academy we will be adopting a mastery approach to Maths. This means that we will encourage our children to develop a deep understanding of each strand of mathematics where they can reason and problem solve as well as solve basic calculations.
We will use resources from the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM): https://www.ncetm.org.uk/
Other subject areas are predominately covered by the IPC (International Primary Curriculum) in an integrated manner through topics or themes embracing particular focuses. These are: Computing (ICT), and the foundation subjects of Music. Art, History, Geography, Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE), Design and Technology (D&T), Physical Education (PE) and Religious Education (R.E).
Children work in a variety of ways: as a class, in groups, pairs or individually. The emphasis is always on active and meaningful involvement of children in their own learning. All children have regular opportunities to engage in musical and creative activities. In addition, the curriculum has a strong international focus. As such, our Academy has developed numerous links with partner schools and organisations abroad.
At Breakwater Academy we believe that the physical health and wellbeing of our children and staff is vital to ensure that teaching and learning is at its optimum. Due to this we have employed a specialist Physical Education coach who will teach every child at the Academy to ensure that they receive a high quality PE experience.
PE is am important part of the curriculum; therefore all children take regular part in regular physical exercise. Breakwater Academy actively encourages children to make healthy choices.
Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) is incorporated into PSHE. Every effort is made to match the teaching and knowledge to the maturity of the children. We aim to help pupils cope with the physical and emotional challenges of growing up, give them an elementary understanding of human reproduction and enable them to make informed choices about their health and environment and to resist bullying.
The Academy is very well resourced, enabling teachers to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum. We continue to invest in ICT so that our pupils can learn using the most up-to-date technologies. Within our curriculum we aim to provide for the academic, personal and social development of every child; encouraging them to work and think independently so that learning is irresistible.
Assessment is an integral part of teaching and learning. Children’s work is marked daily and subsequent lessons are adapted to ensure quality learning. Progress is continually monitored by teachers and learners are given feedback and targets for improvement. The children are given opportunities to evaluate and improve their work, either independently, in pairs or as a small group. In this way our children are encouraged to take responsibility for their learning.
Additional Support for Children
We provide a range of targeted support in order to overcome barriers to learning. Additional support for children is achieved through appropriate assessment, setting personalised challenges and responding to individual needs. Staff work closely with parents to ensure the learning needs off all children are met.
Homework and Educational Visits
Homework enables children to practise aspects of their learning, extend and share school work with their families, pursue areas of interest and become independent learners. Children are given regular homework – more as they get older. All children are expected to read at home every night as well as learn spellings and times tables. As pupils progress through the Academy, they are given regular assignments to complete. Teachers encourage parents to provide feedback on tasks carried out at home.
Educational visits that enrich our curriculum topics, are an important way for children to learn and experience activities beyond the classroom to other settings and contexts. Outdoor education is also an important part of the curriculum. The Academy’s physical environment and the local area are well used as a learning resource. In addition, there are opportunities for children to go on residential trips.
Parents can be asked to make a contribution towards the cost of trips. Without such support these activities could not take place.