At Desmond Anderson Primary Academy the aim for all of our children is that at the end of their seven-year learning journey with us, each child should leave with a portfolio of rich and happy memories and be ready for the next stage of their learning. Every child is recognised as a unique individual in our school and we celebrate and welcome differences within our school community. We constantly provide enhancement opportunities to engage learning and believe that childhood should be a happy, investigative and enquiring time in our lives, filled with curiosity and joy in new experiences and knowledge.
We deliver a high quality and purposeful curriculum that provides a broad and balanced education, based on the National Curriculum, which meets the needs of all pupils. It is designed to give them the skills, knowledge and understanding to prepare them for their future lives. Its implementation is intended to provide children with ambition, learn new and exciting concepts and deepen subject knowledge through a progressive model. In addition, physical development, well-being and mental health are key elements that support the development of the whole child and promote a positive attitude to learning. Our curriculum celebrates diversity and utilises the skills, knowledge and cultural wealth of the community while supporting the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. The impact on our learners will be that they develop and retain detailed knowledge and skills across the curriculum and, as result, achieve well and go on to destinations that meet their interests and aspirations.
Our ambitious curriculum is implemented through successful subject leadership, secure subject knowledge, detailed curriculum planning and is delivered via a progressive model in a non-discriminatory manner. The curriculum is underpinned by The University of Brighton Academies Trust core values Excellence, Innovation and Integrity. We also endeavour to weave own Academy values of Aspiration, Resilience, Independence, Working Together and Respect through all areas of the curriculum to support the development of these key values for life. These values form the basis of our school vision which drives our curriculum implementation as these are the outcomes that we want for our pupils.
At Desmond Anderson Primary Academy we offer a curriculum which is broad and balanced and builds upon the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children as they progress through our academy, whatever their starting points.
The Early Years Foundation Stage is separated into seven areas of development. There are three ‘Prime Areas’ and four ‘Specific Areas’. The Prime areas are fundamental skills and work together to support development in all other areas of development. Children are assessed against Early Learning Goals which builds a profile towards achieving an outcome defined as a good level of development (GLD) and assessed using Target Tracker (our online assessment system) statements. At this stage of their development, there is a balance of self-initiated learning which is enhanced by the formalised approaches of maths lessons, Power of Reading and Song of Sounds, which supports the essential phonic skills and knowledge development that will enable children to become successful readers and thus access the rest of the curriculum in later stages of learning.
In Key Stage 1 and 2 a lifelong love of reading is stimulated through the careful selection of quality texts delivered using the Power of Reading approach to writing and linking to other areas of the National Curriculum. Reading skills are carefully progressed using two programmes which build upon each other. Firstly, Daily Supported Reader is used to closely matches texts to children’s skills as they are supported in small groups, assessed weekly, to develop decoding and comprehension skills. This is followed by the Destination Reader programme which carefully structures the teaching of the key skills of: clarifying, asking questions, summarising, predicting, evaluating, making connections and inferring. Key learning behaviours are also a focus of the programme, ensuring that children have the skills to discuss their opinions and ideas about books. Maths is taught using Programmes of Study tailored by teachers to the needs of our pupils, supported by the use of Times Tables Rockstars (an online programme) that encourage healthy competition and regular practice of times tables and division skills. All three areas are assessed using Target Tracker statements.
Curriculum overviews are mapped out as a whole academy and individual year groups then plan the curriculum delivery for their children accordingly, ensuring a broad and balanced curriculum based on the National Curriculum. Topic choices within the long-term plans support the Power of Reading approach and ensure coverage and progression throughout the school. The more able pupils are challenged further in their learning and children who find aspects of their learning more difficult are appropriately supported so that they too are enabled to experience success.
The impact of our curriculum should reflect the school’s vision as this lists what we hope that our pupils will achieve by the time they leave our school. Key outcomes for our children will be that: