Our curriculum centers around 3 priorities across our academy; a nurturing approach, acquisition of language and raising aspirations. We strongly believe, due to the context of our academy, we need to create an education for our children that goes way beyond the standard classroom practice. Our curriculum supports our pupils to become confident, aspirational and have the knowledge and skills to develop the whole child to become an expert in all areas of the primary curriculum. We want our pupils to be part of the regeneration of an old fishing town that is branching into new pastures, through innovation, creativity and entrepreneurism. Macaulay sits only a stone’s throw from the Grimsby docks, a place that was once a thriving working town; now, like many areas, we look forward to the next generation creating jobs that are still in their infancy and jobs that require inspired learners with open minds to lead the change in our local community.
Every child is recognised as a unique individual. We celebrate and welcome differences within our diverse academy. Community involvement is an integral part of our curriculum, with our children celebrating local history and the successes and achievements of local people. When our children leave the academy we want them to be prepared for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life in modern Britain.
The Macaulay curriculum has been built on the Academy and Trust vision and mission statement. Through our curriculum we aim to:
- Improve educational outcomes for all our children regardless of their starting point.
- Implement a curriculum that promotes and sustains a love of learning, builds resilience and allows for creative, critical thinkers.
- Create employable, lifelong learners through the development of skills that include responsibility, resilience, respect of, and for, learning.
We feel strongly that for all children to succeed in the curriculum we want to build the children’s language and reading skills throughout the whole curriculum, supporting them to become well-read and well-spoken young people.
Our curriculum concentrates on 3 areas of development that we know our children need to succeed. These areas underpin the curriculum as a whole and envelope the ethos of the academy as a whole.
1. The first area focuses on our children having aspirations and understanding the possibilities that they can achieve, the responsibilities that they have in the local community as well as the wider world. Pupils develop their ability to reflect critically on the range of skills they have used in their learning during their primary journey. We believe that these skills are fundamental to pupils as learners and in preparation for the challenges they will face as the next generation of adults.
Through our curriculum we will:
- Develop oracy skills so that the children are confident in presentation, debate and are able to speak in front of a wide range of audiences.
- Give children a deeper knowledge of the world outside of their local community and what possibilities are available to them in terms of education, experiences, and achievements.
- Provide opportunities for them to meet members of their local community, as well as in the wider geography of the area, who inspire their next steps.
- Give children regular opportunities for them to consider how they can best present their work and findings.
- Give children the age appropriate skills that prepare them for the next stage of their education and put them on the pathway to achieving qualifications. Using regular opportunities to apply basic skills in context so that they see the value and necessity of them in modern society.
2. Macaulay Academy prides its self on the caring, nurturing approach shown, both by staff and children alike. We hold the personal development of our children’s social, emotional and mental health wellbeing in the highest possible esteem – our curriculum builds and encourages this thread throughout.
Through our curriculum we will:
- Give children opportunities in school to experience interactions with a diverse range of individuals and groups and deliver a curriculum rooted in respect and tolerance.
- Implement a PHSE curriculum that includes an increased focus on mental well-being and an understanding of abuse in its varied forms.
At Macaulay Primary Academy it is our underlying belief that every child should feel they are valued and experience the feeling of success in a wide range of curriculum areas. We have designed our curriculum to ensure every child receives an appropriate mix of academic and personal development, which means in practice our curriculum places equal importance on core and foundation subjects. We recognise the importance of children’s physical and mental well-being and ensure our curriculum provides the children opportunities to develop strategies to support their personal development. Our approach to SMSC is embedded in the Delta ethos of mutual respect, partnership working and collaboration; an approach that we believe is fundamental to a full and positive participation in life in modern Britain.
3. Underpinning all areas of the curriculum is the vital skill of language acquisition and the ability to read fluently with a good level of comprehension. As many children join the academy with extremely low communication and language skills, the academy focuses on the skill of language from the moment they step into the school.
Our curriculum supports this by:
- Our Oracy’ refers to the development of pupils’ ability to use speech to express their thoughts and communicate effectively. These skills can be developed throughout all areas of the curriculum.
- Oracy is used to present, debate and reflect on all of the children’s learning.
- A well-resourced library that supplements the reading in all areas of the curriculum.
- Phonics taught from nursery through Year 2, continued in KS2 for all children who benefit from support around the fluency of reading.
The Academy strongly believes in giving individual attention to the needs of the children in our care. It is our mission to offer every child a high quality education in a supportive, safe environment in which they feel valued and are inspired to become learners who are ‘reaching for the stars’.
Reflecting the challenging prior context of our Academy, the curriculum focuses on early reading from the very start of school. Our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) makes a crucial contribution to children’s early development and learning. We provide children with a rich variety of teaching and learning experiences that are appropriate to their needs. EYFS focuses on developing key learning skills such as listening, speaking, concentrating, persistence and learning to work and co-operate with others.
Our Key Stage 1 and 2 curriculum is underpinned by the National Curriculum, we enhance this with other opportunities and experiences that make up the wider school curriculum. We ensure learning is always exciting and delivered in a meaningful context for children. We place a strong emphasis on the development of the basic skills and reading fluency, both are necessary to be confident, independent learners and successful adults, and recognise the importance of developing language acquisition and communication, reading, writing and numeracy skills across a range of subjects. We endeavour to foster a love for learning while at the same time developing essential life skills. Our ‘Big Question’ approach is designed with progression, achievement and mastery at its core whilst consciously balancing skills and knowledge. As children move through the academy the skills they acquire are revisited, consolidated and built upon, in order for children to have the opportunity to achieve mastery. Our curriculum builds on a year by year development, creating a learning journey for every pupil so they can develop their knowledge at every turning point, always preparing them for next step on the learning journey.
How do pupils progress and achieve within our curriculum?
At Macaulay Primary Academy, our definition of progress is; the widening and deepening of essential knowledge, skills, understanding and learning behaviour. We designed our curriculum to ensure that children are not merely covering content but achieving a depth to their learning which enables them to use their skills and understanding in all areas of the curriculum. Our careful curriculum design and planning means that we build in many opportunities for repetition and practice for essential skills, knowledge and understanding in every subject. This ensures that children can revisit previous learning, which allows them to gradually develop a deeper understanding of the skills and processes within subjects, at their own pace and in the best possible way for each individual child.
Success for a child at Macaulay is simple; they will leave with the knowledge and skills needed, and the ability to use these using refined language acquisition, supported with high quality reading, writing and maths skills, all of which will prepare them for their next steps towards success.
Assessment is an integral part of teaching. It is used to identify the next steps in learning and is used to monitor the progress that children make. Assessment is about informed observation, monitoring of work and effective questioning which enables us to note what your child can do and what they need to do next.
Children are also engaged in self and peer assessment, so that they can explain what they have done well and how they can improve their work even more. We actively enocurage children to be reflective learners, developing their own understanding of their next steps.
Children are also assessed in line with statutory requirements. An Early Years Foundation Stage Profile is completed at the end of their Reception year and Statutory Assessment Tests are administered at the end of Year 2 & 6. Phonics screening also takes place at the end of Year 1. Other year groups in KS2 are internally assessed using NFER assessments termly.
Prarent open evenings are held termly, when your child’s achievements and targets for improvement will be shared with you. A written report is completed for parents in the summer term.