What we plan to teach:
At Glade Academy we design our curriculum based on the Core Knowledge Curriculum. Our timetable is divided into different subjects and we explicitly teach in subject areas. To enable our children to make the best progress possible we have explicitly identified what children should learn in each academic year.
This ensures the curriculum develops a cumulative knowledge with an emphasis on vocabulary which is essential in:
- Understanding the content taught;
- Articulating that knowledge
- Developing successful, confident children who grow into adults able to reason with and evaluate the knowledge in the modern world.
Why we teach it
Our rationale for teaching a knowledge-based curriculum is it empowers children: language opens doors. The focus on vocabulary in our curriculum reduces the word gap which in turn widens their ability to comprehend new ideas and communicate their own existing ideas. It also enables grown-ups in the modern era to assess information critically. A quick example of this could be knowing how scams use language to mislead an audience or fake news builds upon historic inaccuracies.
The rationale for putting our learning into discreet subjects means that there is a stronger focus on the knowledge we feel is integral to their understanding and that learning is the key to every lesson and does not get lost in the choice of activity.
Our curriculum is all underpinned by Glade’s core values of respect, kindness, honesty and support which seek to:
- Develop children, who take responsibility for their own learning - enabling all to make excellent progress, achieve highly and experience success;
- Respect children’s individuality, nurturing them to have the skills and attributes needed to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives;
- Prepare children thoroughly, enabling them to be confident in taking the next steps in their educational journey.
These themes are also addressed in assemblies.
Finally it is because of our strong ambition and belief in our children, who are destined for great futures, that we want to ensure they have the knowledge that will mean they can enter an arena as a grown up and feel confident they have the strength of knowledge to hold true to their convictions and use this for the betterment of themselves and those around them. We believe that by giving our children a wider vocabulary and deeper understanding of a wider curricula they will have more opportunities to achieve their high ambitions.
When we teach it:
Our English and maths lessons are taught daily. Big Read sessions teach the reading skills, both conscious and subconscious, and these take place in the form of one Main mission and two mini missions over the course of the week. In EYFS Ks1, phonics is also taught daily. These predominately are taught in the mornings.
Our foundation subjects are mostly taught in the afternoons on a weekly basis with the intention that this helps to embed learning over a longer time. It gives children an opportunity to recapture the learning and this consolidates the learning as something which can be remembered. On occasions, teachers make a choice to block certain subjects.
A timetable is displayed in each classroom in order to support all learners; although some may use now and next boards to help them access the timetable.
Who we teach it to:
We believe that all children can succeed, and we plan to remove ‘glass ceilings’ on the achievement of all children. As a result, all children are exposed to the same core knowledge and vocabulary, but tasks may be differentiated for the children to demonstrate their understanding whilst developing more independence.
In order to ‘close the gaps,’ our teams work together to plan precision teaching and Achievement teams to give specific children a boost with their learning. As a staff, we reflect on the success of these in regular meetings.
As a result, children leave Glade Academy able to hold their heads high in many different arenas and situations, confident in the knowledge and skills they have acquired, and ready to achieve their potential - leading successful and fulfilling lives.