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At Endeavour Academy our curriculum is focussed on delivering all the elements of the National Curriculum through a broad and balanced approach; we do this through the delivery of English and Mathematics in the morning and we use a two year rolling program of topic based curriculum  in the afternoon, this allows children the opportunity to consolidate their English and Maths learning in other subject areas.   This curriculum also allows children to make clear links between subjects in order that they have a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of all the National Curriculum subjects.  

The school uses an experiential learning approach to subjects whereby children are engaged in a variety of experiences that supports good learning in the different curriculum areas.

 

At Endeavour Academy our curriculum is focused on delivering all the elements of the National Curriculum through a broad and balanced approach.   We do this through the delivery of English and Mathematics in the morning and the use of a two year topic based curriculum in the afternoon, this allows children the opportunity to consolidate their English and Maths learning in other subject areas.   This curriculum also allows children to make clear links between subjects in order that they have a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of all the National Curriculum subjects.  

 

The school uses an experiential learning approach to subjects whereby children are engaged in a variety of experiences that supports good learning in the different curriculum areas.

English

 

In English we teach the requirements of the National Curriculum through lessons linked to speaking and listening, reading, writing and spelling, punctuation and grammar. 

 

In English children will be able to:

 

  • read and write with confidence, fluency and understanding, orchestrating a range of independent strategies to self-monitor and correct;

  • develop their phonics and use this to decode words and become confident readers;

  • have an interest in books and read for enjoyment;

  • have an interest in words, their meanings; developing a growing vocabulary in spoken and written forms;

  • understand a range of text types and genres – be able to write in a variety of styles and forms appropriate to the situation and for a range of audiences;

  • develop the powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness;

  • have a suitable technical vocabulary to articulate their responses;

 

In the main school uses the Oxford Reading Tree scheme to support the development of reading skills across the school. 

 

In the EYFS and KS1 we use Floppy Phonics in conjunction with the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme to support the development of phonetic skills to support reading and the development of writing.  

 

Across the school all pupils engage in a weekly guided reading sessions. The school uses a range of unseen texts which enable pupils to engage in in-depth learning of a range of fiction and non-fiction texts.

 

Mathematics

 

Mathematics teaches children how to make sense of the world around them by developing a child’s ability to calculate, to reason and to solve problems.   It enables children to understand and appreciate relationships and pattern in both number and space in their everyday lives.

 

At Endeavour Academy we strive to ensure that children are exposed to a wide range of mathematical experiences.  We aim to promote children’s enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning through practical activities, exploration and discussion.

 

In Mathematics children will be able to:

 

  • become confident and competent with numbers and the number system;

  • develop their ability to solve problems through decision-making and reasoning in a range of contexts;

  • develop and use a wide range of mathematical vocabulary;

  • develop a practical understanding of the ways in which information is gathered and presented;

  • explore features of shape and space, and develop measuring skills in a range of contexts;

 

The school uses the Collins maths scheme in Year 6 supported by the Numicon maths scheme which is used by the rest of the school.  These schemes help to support the development of mathematical skills throughout the school.  Numicon is a very visual scheme that supports pupils learning at all levels.

 

Pupils also engage in regular Maths Challenges that allows them to put their mathematical knowledge and understanding into practice by answering a variety of problem solving challenges.

 

Music

 

At Endeavour Academy we believe that music provides a powerful form of communication and expression.   We nurture the pupils' enjoyment of music through active involvement in listening, composing and performing.   We explore musical influences from all over the world, exposing pupils to a wide range of styles and genres.   We use Music Express and Bubbles as our chosen schemes to support learning in music. Musical skills learnt are put into practice through lots of opportunities to perform for others.

 

 

Physical Education (PE)

 

We use the National curriculum as the basis of our teaching.  The school employs a professional Sports Coach to support both the children and teachers in their delivery of an energetic and creative PE curriculum.  Children are encouraged to participate in a range of sporting opportunities both within lessons, after school clubs and inter-school competitions.

 

Religious Education (RE)

 

The school adheres to the agreed syllabus from Tameside as a supporting document for the delivery of Religious education.   We have also purchased the RE Discovery World scheme which has been adapted to meet the requirements of the local agreed syllabus for Tameside and supports the delivery of a multi-faith curriculum which allows children the opportunity to explore and understand the differing religions within our world.

 

Science

 

Through science we aim to stimulate children's curiosity and their interest in, and knowledge of, the world around them. The emphasis is on children learning through first-hand experience and practical investigation in order to develop scientific skills.   Pupils have the opportunity to apply knowledge into practical experiments giving them the opportunity to predict, experiment and make conclusions within a range of scientific curriculum areas.

 

Computing

 

We want our children to experience and develop skills in the ever changing world of ICT.  Children will be able to develop ICT skills linked to the different topics that include the whole range of curriculum subjects.  These skills will be used to creatively respond to the learning and experiences they have been exposed to throughout their learning.

 

History

 

By encouraging children's interest in the past, we aim to develop their understanding of the world today.   We want children to appreciate different human experiences by understanding and valuing their own history and that of other people and this is taught through our topic based curriculum using wherever possible experiential learning opportunities to bring history to life.

 

Geography

 

Through geography we aim to stimulate children's curiosity about the natural and human world.   Geography introduces children to different societies, cultures and landscapes.   We give the children opportunities to consider their rights and their responsibilities to other people and the environment.   In our topics we expose them to the awe and wonder of our planet and the effects that man can have on it.

 

Art and Design

 

Art, craft and design offer opportunities for children to combine seeing, feeling, thinking and making. We teach the skills children need to be able to express their ideas in different media (such as paint, pastels, clay or collage) and we aim to develop their knowledge and understanding of artists and craftspeople from all over the world.   The school employs an Artist in Residence who works alongside the class teacher and children to develop artistic skills and flare.   Each 5 week unit of work develops the identified skill and lead to a specific outcome (finished piece of work) for each child or group or class.

 

Design and Technology

 

We want to prepare all our children for their future in a technological world that is changing all the time. Design and technology helps them to understand how to think creatively to improve our world.   Our pupils develop a range of skills through engaging in design, making and evaluating tasks across a range of topics.

 

Personal, Social and Health Education

 

PSHE is integrated into all areas of the curriculum and school life.  Teachers use specific times within topics to support children’s development within PSHE.  Assemblies target specific areas and engage children in thought provoking activities that are supported within taught units.   SRE is taught via our science curriculum and in conjunction with taught sessions provide by our school nurse service.

 

EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE TOPICS:

 

 

 

 

KEY STAGE ONE 2015 TOPICS - CYCLE B

 

Title

Focus

Subject

Cycle

Then and now.

 

Changes within living memory

History

A

Ready, steady, Grow!

Animals and Humans

Science

A

Weather Watchers

Human and Physical Seasonal changes

Geography Science

A

Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs

(LS Lowry)

Local history (people, places or events)

History

A

There’s a shark in the park.

Living things and their habitats

Science

A

Here and There

 

Contrasting non-European localities

Geography

A

The Great Fire of London

 

Significant national or global events beyond living memory

History

B

The Aliens are coming!

Everyday materials and their uses

Science

B

Wish you were here?

Locational knowledge

Geography

B

Why do I know you?

Lives of significant individuals

History

B

Inside the potting shed.

Plants

Science

B

Our local area album

(See GA website)

Vocabulary and geographical skills

Geography

B

 

 

LOWER KEY STAGE 2015 TOPICS - CYCLE B

 

Title

Focus

Subject

Cycle

Death By Chocolate

 

 

The Mayans

History

 

 

A

Back to the future

 

[Electricity]

Changes in technology

 

 

History

 

[Science]

A

Gladiators Ready!

 

[Forces and magnets]

The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain

History

 

[Science]

A

Beside the seaside

 

[Living things and their habitats]

Coastal Erosion

Geography

 

[Science]

A

Disaster!

 

[Light]

Flooding/Forest fires.

Geography

 

[Science]

A

Location, Location, Location!

 

[Animals, including humans Y3]

UK based study

Geography

 

[Science]

A

Tomb Raider

Ancient Egypt - the achievements of the earliest civilisations

History

B

Making the news

 

[Plants]

Creative

English & Computing

[Science]

B

Let it Flow

 

[States of matter]

Rivers

Geography

 

[Science]

B

You’re Hired

 

[Sound]

Cross Curricular mini enterprise topic

Cross-curric

[Science]

B

Yabadabadoo!

 

[Animals, including humans Y4]

Changes in Britain from the Stone age to the Iron age

History

 

[Science]

B

We will rock you

 

[Rocks]

Mountains

Geography

 

[Science]

B

 

 

UPPER KEY STAGE TWO 2015 TOPICS - CYCLE B

 

Title

Focus

Subject

Cycle

Fight! Fight! Fight!

 

[Animals, including humans – Y5]

The Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor

History

 

[Science]

A

You’re Nicked!

Changes in an aspect of social history, such as crime and punishment from the Anglo-Saxons to the present

History

A

Shake rattle and roll

 

[Light]

 Physical geography

Geography

 

[Science]

A

Castles

 

[Living things and their habitats (Y6 content)]

Local history study of a site dating from a period beyond 1066 that is significant in the locality

History

 

[Science]

A

May the force be with you

Forces

Science

A

Bridges

 

[Electricity]

 

Design Technology

[Science]

A

To Infinity and Beyond

Earth and Space

Science

B

Invaders and Settlers

Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots

History

B

Jungle Fever

 

[Living things and their habitats (Y5 content)]

Rainforests

Geography

 

[Science]

B

Make it Stick

Properties and changes of materials

Science

B

Perilous Peaks

 

[Animals including Humans-Y6 content]

Understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region of the United Kingdom, a region in a European coutry

Geography

 

 

[Science]

B

Ancient Greece

 

[Evolution and Inheritance]

A study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world

History

 

[Science]

B