At Ark Franklin Primary Academy, we provide a broad and balanced curriculum which develops the individual child according to their age and ability. In addition, we are committed to providing significant opportunities for pupils to master English and mathematics skills. With a strong emphasis on depth before breadth, we believe that mastery in these core subjects determines access to higher education and increased career choices at 18.
The Academy has implemented an adapted version of the Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum, and has a curriculum map to ensure that we cover all the statutory requirements during your child’s time with us. We strongly emphasise core skills in English and Mathematics in the Foundation Stage
Teachers use a wide variety of teaching methods, which are adapted according to the subject, age and ability of the individual pupil. At ARK Franklin Primary Academy we place great emphasis on giving children practical activities and opportunities in their learning, as we believe that it is only by direct experience that true understanding of a specific area, and its relevance to real life, can be gained.
ARK Franklin Primary Academy, in common with other ARK academies, has selected some of the most successful programmes of learning to support mastery of Mathematics and English skills. All the programmes we use have been well researched to assess their impact in the primary school setting.
We currently use;
■Read Write Inc Phonics (Ruth Miskin)
■Literacy and Language (Ruth Miskin)
■Maths Mastery (derived from Singapore maths)
During the course of the academic year additional programmes will also be introduced to support learning
DEPTH BEFORE BREADTH
All children need a firm mastery of English and mathematics as early as possible. Our first priority is to build a secure foundation in literacy and numeracy as the basis for all other learning. Pupils will be taught to read, write and work with numbers fluently and confidently. Where pupils need extra support it will be provided, to ensure that every child reaches and exceeds nationally expected standards.
Reception pupils follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.
3 prime areas of focus are:-
PERSONAL, SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
COMMUNICATION AND LANGUAGE
4 specific areas of focus include:-
UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD
EXPRESSIVE ARTS AND DESIGN
We will provide a stimulating indoor and outdoor learning environment where children will be motivated to communicate, explore and learn independently. A carefully planned range of activities will provide a rich, age-appropriate learning experience across the curriculum.
KEY STAGE 1 | 2
This will be divided into three areas:
SPEAKING AND LISTENING
SPEAKING AND LISTENING
Pupils will be given opportunities to experience different kinds of speaking and listening so that they can learn how to express themselves and how to listen to others’ opinions. We will use drama techniques to provide opportunities for children to express themselves in different situations.
Our aim is that every child should enjoy reading; for pleasure and to find out information. Children> will read every day, individually, in small groups and as a class. Children learn to read through synthetic phonics and a wide range of reading strategies, using the Read Write Inc Programme . We strongly encourage parents to read with their children on a daily basis. Children will be encouraged to become independent readers as they move through the school.
Our aim is to ensure that every child can write appropriately for a variety of situations. Initially children are encouraged to write in play situations and, as they become more confident, to write in a more structured way. We will combine teaching spelling and handwriting with phonics. Knowledge of letter sounds helps a child to spell correctly and to tackle unknown words when reading. Handwriting will be taught on a regular basis, with a clear progression each year.
We believe that our pupils benefit from visiting places of interest and having representatives from various companies and other specialists visit the Academy. These experiences will link to the subjects/themes that the children are learning.
Quite often there will be local trips e.g. to the library or park. For such trips we may not ask for your written permission. For all others, parents and carers will be asked for authorisation.
In the majority of cases we will request a voluntary contribution towards the cost of the event or trip. Please discuss any concerns you have regarding this with your child’s teacher. Permission slips and payments should be returned to the Academy Office or to the class teacher in a sealed envelope clearly labelled with what the payment is for.
At Ark Franklin, on PE days, children can come into school wearing their full PE kit.
We aim to ensure that every pupil at Ark Franklin achieves highly enough by age 18 to have real options: to go on to university or to follow the career path of their choice. Achieving GCSE mathematics at Grade C or above, by age 16 or earlier, is a necessity for this aim to become a reality.
In order to achieve our aim, we have developed ambitious and coherent mathematics curricula, taught by committed and knowledgeable staff who engage learners and integrate their teaching with assessment. Furthermore, there is an academy-wide commitment to both equity and excellence in mathematics. The development of a specialist ethos centred on mathematics will facilitate:
Real dedication to high quality mathematics education for all.
High expectations and non defeatist attitude to excellence and endeavour in mathematics.
Ensuring that the academy’s mathematics provision is engaging, vibrant and innovative, stretching beyond mathematics lessons into the academy’s enrichment and awards programme.
Mathematics will be taught through practical and written activities that have real meaning for the children, enabling them to develop their numerical skills and the ability to solve problems. In KS1 we will follow the Maths Mastery Programme.
In mathematics we will teach three separate areas:
USING AND APPLYING
SHAPE, SPACE AND MEASURES
USING AND APPLYING
Children will be taught how to choose appropriate strategies, explain their ideas and ask questions using appropriate mathematical vocabulary.
Children will learn about counting, place value, strategies for adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing. The emphasis is on developing mental recall of number facts to enable them to carry out mental calculations accurately and confidently.
SHAPE, SPACE AND MEASURES
We will provide "real life" experiences to enable children to develop their understanding of the names and properties of shapes, learn about time and to estimate and measure the length, mass and capacity of objects using non-standard and standard units.
Children will take part in investigative activities and experiments through which they acquire and develop scientific knowledge, skills and understanding Science will be taught separately as well as through cross-curricular links.
MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES
All pupils learn Spanish from Nursery to Year 6.
Pupils will have access to the latest technology including interactive whiteboards and wireless tablets to enhance their learning and learn computer skills. Children will learn programmes including word processing, data handling and graphics. We will also incorporate the use of ICT into other subjects.
All children receive art lessons from our full time art speicalist.