Our Unique Curriculum at Bishop Alexander LEAD Academy
This year is an exciting year at Bishop Alexander LEAD Academy. We believe we have created a unique curriculum that caters for the needs of all our children and learning community. As well as our core curriculum subjects which include Maths, English, Science, RE, Computing, Art and Design, Design and Technology, PE, PSHE, P4C, Music, Geography and History we have also added additional curriculum units, Speech Language and Communication, Skills for Life and Understanding the Wider World.
To help the children develop their maths skills, we have devised our own programme of learning, which takes place for 15 minutes per day and helps the children develop their fluency skills.
We use Active English to teach Grammar and again, these sessions are taught daily for 15 minutes.
Handwriting is also taught daily, we have developed our own methods and plans for teaching handwriting throughout school.
Phonics is taught daily using the Read Write Inc. programme.
Our Curriculum Model holds an enquiry based approach at the heart of everything we do.
For each theme, our phases choose one or two lead subjects that they focus on more closely, enabling the children to deepen their thinking and learning and to develop enquiring minds, problem solving skills, team work and investigative learning techniques.
This year within our new curriculum themes of, Speech, Language and Communication, Understanding the Wider World and Skills for Life, we have taken one strand from each to focus and embed within our curriculum.
‘Speech, Language and Communication’ this year will focus on developing the children’s conversational skills. These skills are woven throughout our teaching and are also taught in isolation or as part of an extra curricular club.
Our ‘Understanding the Wider World’ strand currently focuses on supporting the children to understand and play an active role in their local community.
For our ‘Skills for Life’ strand a Finance Curriculum has been developed. This will support children in understanding money, budgeting and costing. This will be taught as part of our maths and PSHE curriculum, as well as in isolation and as part of extra curricular clubs.
Our New Curriculum Overview
|Autumn 1 Cycle A||Autumn 1 Cycle B||Autumn 2 Cycle A||Autumn 2 Cycle B||Spring 1 Cycle A||Spring 1 Cycle B||Spring 2 Cycle A||Spring 2 Cycle B||Summer 1 Cycle A||Summer 1 Cycle B||Summer 2 Cycle A||Summer 2 Cycle B|
|Whole School Theme||This is me, who are you?||We are superheroes!||Let us entertain you||Awesome Artists||Tell me a story||Amazing Authors||Let's Investigate||Design it Make it||Long Long Ago||People who changed the world||What a wonderful world||Earth Explorers|
|Foundation||Are all families the same?||What is a hero?||What's your talent?||Can we create art?||Is there always a happily ever after?||What makes a good book?||How does it work?||How could a robot change the world?||What if dinosaurs lived today?||What is out there?||How does your garden grow?||Where is the best place to live?|
|Year 1 and 2||Are we all the same?||Is it ever OK to steal?||Would The Beatles have won the X Factor?||Can art talk?||Is there one side to a story?||Are mini Grey's books unique?||What will you drive in 2038?||Can you grow a meal?||What lessons were learned from The Great Fire of London?||Did The Lady of the Lamp change our lives today?||Why can't a meerkat live in The North Pole?||Home or Away?|
|Year 3 and 4||What am I made of?||Who is your superhero?||Letters entertain you?||Do you need a paintbrush?||What's a story?||Were they authors?||Were your prediction correct?||What do I need?||Whose side are you on?||When shall we party?||Would you eat a persimon?||Why do farmers like volcanoes?|
|Year 5 and 6||What can the eye not see?||What difference can you make to the world?||What made the sixties swing?||Is graffiti art?||Does a story tell a thousand words?||David Walliams or Roald Dahl?||What gap would you bridge?||Are you the next young apprentice?||Why did the axies countries lose the war?||Are you innovative enough to be an inventor?||Is the world wonderful?||Is there a man on the moon?|