At Waverley Academy we provide an exciting curriculum that is broad, balanced and fully inclusive, that inspires and engages all children to learn.
The long term plan is based on a 2 year cycle that is continually developed and modified appropriately to reflect any national or trust based developments, or to reflect identified school needs; flexibility is encouraged to maximise the interest and motivation of different children and teachers.
Objectives for all National Curriculum subjects are taken from the 2014 National Curriculum; they have been purposefully allocated to year group cycles to ensure there is sufficient coverage and progression across the school.
All year groups choose a theme based on either history, geography or science as an initial stimulus for learning. Units of learning are then identified and combine objectives from across the whole curriculum. Skills and knowledge are then taught and applied in a carefully thought out journey towards a clear outcome; promoting children to be engaged by the purpose to learning and enabling them to learn at greater depth and with increasing independence. To support this thematic approach the school use ‘Cornerstones’ resources as a scaffold and structure. Hooks for learning, purposeful opportunities and creative approaches are used effectively to engage all children.
Specific subjects and basic skills are also taught in isolation where necessary using high quality first teaching and specific intervention when appropriate.
Mathematics objectives are linked to the White Rose Maths Hub and include both the teaching of skills and knowledge and the application of these. Where necessary, additional objectives are taught discretely.
English objectives are planned around different genres of text, linking in appropriate skills and knowledge. These units form the basis of the curriculum units enabling a full focus on the necessary skills. Additional skills such as handwriting, spelling or grammar may also be taught discretely, when necessary.
The teaching of phonics is addressed through our own programmes which is designed to meet the needs of our children. Our aim is to support children to become early readers and writers. We place great emphasis on experience and application and aim to get children making informed spelling choices from an early age.
As well as the teaching of phonics and focussing on reading through the curriculum, the teaching of reading also happens through guided reading and 1:1 individual reading books using a range of published schemes organised into Book Bands.
If you would like to know more about the Curriculum at Waverley Academy, please ask.
Click here to view our Foundation Themes.
Click here to view our Cornerstones Map for KS 1 and 2.