The Curriculum at Phoenix Junior Academy
|Core Subjects||Foundation Subjects|
|Information Communication Technology||Music|
|Design and Technology|
|Spanish (In Years 3,4 & 5 only)|
Language is fundamental to all aspects of children’s home and school life. We aim to develop and extend language skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. By the end of their time at Phoenix, children should be able to express themselves confidently both orally and with the written word. The English Curriculum is taught according to the National Curriculum.
Speaking and Listening
Children are encouraged to develop confidence in speaking and listening skills. They are provided with a framework where they can share ideas, listen attentively, ask questions, give and receive instructions, offer explanations, argue points of view and use play and drama to express themselves.
The school’s overall objective is for each child to become a fluent and confident reader. Reading is taught as a specific skill and each child’s progress is carefully monitored. We have invested heavily in a wide variety of new books, which will provide a structured approach to language/reading teaching throughout the school. There is a wide range of graded reading material within the school and this is supported by well-stocked fiction and non-fiction library areas. There is a Home/School reading record at Phoenix Juniors. This will encourage a sharing of books together at home as well as at school. We also have introduced a web based reading aid called ReadingEggs, each child has their own password and can access this from any computer or tablet.
Children are taught skills in the composing aspects of writing. They are given experience of writing for a variety of purposes. Formal aspects of grammar, spelling and handwriting are also taught throughout the school. Children are taught wordprocessing, publishing and research skills using computers. We have integrated a programme of creative writing which is having a very positive effect in developing children’s creative writing skills. The Academy is involved in the two year ‘Big Primary Writing Project’ run by Pie Corbett which is aimed at improving childrens writing understanding and ability.
We aim to give the children experience and understanding of all aspects of mathematics at a level appropriate to their age and ability and in accordance with the National Curriculum. We aim to develop the following areas:
- Confidence in maths so that children can communicate their ideas fluently.
- An understanding of maths through practical experience and enquiry.
- The ability to think clearly and logically.
- An awareness of the relationship between numbers and an appreciation of pattern.
- An ability to develop strategies for use in investigations and problem solving.
- An awareness of maths as a tool for use in other areas of work and in adult life.
- Mathematical skills and knowledge and ability for quick recall of basic facts.
- The ability to use technological tools such as computers and calculators.
We have a daily focus on developing children’s mental arithmetic to enable quick recall and underpin the thinking skills needed for problem solving. We also have introduced a web based Maths called Mathletics, each child has their own password and can access this from any computer or tablet. Setting At Phoenix Junior Academy we set students for Literacy and Numeracy. We believe that age should not hold back learning and therefore we set vertically allowing for students to move through sets depending on their ability. Student progress is monitored termly.
Through a variety of science activities, we aim to encourage and stimulate the children to develop enquiring minds about the world in which we live. The science work throughout the school is mainly performed in a practical and creative manner. An important part of the work is to develop scientific skills through these activities. The skills we hope to develop are: observing, prediction, hypothesising, planning, the devising and setting up of experiments and the recording and communicating of results. The content of the science work covered is planned to ensure a progression of concepts throughout the school. This structured approach will enable the children to cover the programmes of study specified in the National Curriculum. Some of the programmes of study to be covered are: Experimental and investigative science, Life processes and living things; Materials and their properties; Physical processes. We prepare students for working at secondary school in conjunction with a Trust School to enable children to work in well resourced Science labs in a secondary surrounding, supported by specialist teachers.
Children will be taught about important episodes and development in Britain’s past from Roman to modern times, about ancient civilisations, and the history of parts of the world. They will be helped to develop a chronological framework by making links across the different study units. They will have opportunities to investigate local history and to learn about the past from a range of sources of information.
Children will be taught to work with maps, plans, globes, information technology and other resources in order to develop their geographical skills and knowledge of places. Geographical themes to be investigated will include; rivers, weather, settlement and environmental change.
Information Communication Technology
Each class has access to either laptops or tablet which are networked allowing staff and children to share information and communicate with each other electronically. All machines on the network have access to the Internet to support teaching and learning throughout the school. The school has purchased numerous software packages to support subject content as well as access rights to online resources. The use of ICT expands to all subjects. All teaching rooms have interactive whiteboards. Students are also taught about e-safety and undertake lessons developed by CEOPS.
Children are given opportunities to explore many different methods, materials and tool techniques through line, colour mixing, shape and form and 3D work. It is essential that children are encouraged to recognise the elements and influences of internationally known Artists, past and present. These connections enable children to review and develop their own work. Specialist CPD and support is given to staff from the Trust Art and Design Co-ordinator.
Music is taught to all the children in the school. We aim to help the children to enjoy various forms of music and to develop their listening and composing skills. In addition we aim to enhance the children’s ability to sing together as well as their enjoyment of singing which, in turn, helps to develop the ability to cooperate with a group, particularly in music-making. Opportunities are provided for children to participate in Ukelele by year group. Interest shown by individual children is encouraged and they are given the chance to participate in the music tuition scheme where a wide variety of instrumental tuition is offered.
Design and Technology
Children are helped to develop their capabilities in designing and making skills. In developing their technological skills children will be taught to; use tools and materials safely; plan and organise their work safely; apply and consolidate skills and knowledge previously taught as part of the mathematics, science and art curriculum. As part of a rolling project the children will have the opportunity to prepare and make a range of products in a Kitchen, these products will be cooked and evaluated.
Spanish is taught in Years 3,4 and 5 as part of a national initiative to increase pupil knowledge of languages. Opportunities are provided for children to learn orally and in written form. This is taught by subject specialists from our Trust School.
Physical Education & Sport
The school has two PE Instructors to deliver high standards of PE across the school. Traditional team sports are played at Phoenix Junior Academy including football, Tag Rugby, quick cricket, Hockey, rounders and netball. Each class has allocated time for PE. Extra-curricular activities in the form of weekly clubs after school include Hapkido (martial arts), cross country, football and netball in the Autumn and Spring terms, rounders, quick cricket and athletics in the Summer term and Badminton for year 6 pupils, further details are available on our website. Children should always wear shorts or tracksuit bottoms and T-shirts. If your child is unable to take part in PE lessons please send a letter of explanation.
Religious Education and assemblies are non-denominational. We aim to teach children to recognise and respect different beliefs and commitments. We have many children who come from faiths other than Christianity. We try to provide for all beliefs so that no child is left out. Spiritual and moral development is encouraged through the ethos of the school; assemblies; RE; all subjects of the National Curriculum and is built upon the LA SACRE Guidelines.
Personal, Social, Health Education, Sex Education
Sex Education and drugs education are part of the National Curriculum programme for Science in Key Stage 2. We consider sex education and drugs education to be part of the personal, social, and health education and they should be appropriate to the age and stage of the child. In Year 6, girls and boys will take part in separate Sex Education sessions run by the School Nurse and Year 6 teachers. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from sex education. However, this does not apply to the National Curriculum aspects of the programme, or to the discussions arising naturally within other lessons outside the planned sex education programme. To promote positive mental health all students and staff will take part in a six lesson Mindfullness course, this will enable children to develop skills to overcome stress and tension which can lead to depression and poor mental health. The School will be following the SEAL (Social, Emotional Aspects of Learning) Programme of study in each year group, this will supported by the introduction of the Values Education Programme which will enhance the core values within school.
Phoenix Juniors aims to provide a broad and balanced curriculum, which gives equality of access to each and every pupil, regardless of gender, race, social class, ability, or special needs To view the full curriculum, please follow the Curriculum Link here.