At Hadrian Academy we follow the National Curriculum providing content and coverage of topics that enable children to demonstrate their potential and strengths in the core subjects and to develop knowledge and understanding in a breadth of other subjects.
CURRICULUM OVERVIEWS 2019 – 20
Letters and Sounds: Principles and practice of high quality phonics. A six-phase teaching programme designed to help practitioners and teachers teach children how the alphabet works for reading and spelling. It was published in April 2007 and has been widely distributed to local authorities, schools and settings.
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All children in KS1 will progress through the Bug Club reading scheme at their own pace to consolidate learning at the teacher’s discretion. To ensure the success of this scheme we read with the children individually and ask parents to read daily and record their child’s progress in a home /school reading record book. We reward regular readers with extra playtime and other special ‘Star Reader’ events.
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Across Hadrian Academy we follow a handwriting scheme called ‘Letter-join’. It introduces a cursive handwriting style right from the word go. All letters start on the line which we find helps children to form letters quickly and neatly. Follow the link to find out more about how you can help at home.
At Hadrian Academy we use ‘Target Maths’, which fully supports teaching of the National Curriculum, for our daily maths lessons. It is a structured scheme that enables teachers to develop concepts progressively throughout the year and provides children with frequent opportunities to consolidate their learning.
We also use Assertive Mentoring to support our assessment for learning, so we know where the children are in their growing knowledge and skills.
Additionally, the children take art in a daily challenge that is designed to develop speed and fluency in maths.
SMSC – Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural and British Values
SMSC is taught as part of an integrated curriculum throughout the school day. The children are encouraged to be kind, empathetic citizens who respect and embrace our country’s diverse society. Relationships and personal safety are discussed to ensure the children feel secure and safe.
We use the resources in the ‘Jigsaw’ programme as our teaching tool and invite ‘BIG Talk Education’ into school annually to talk with the children, parents and staff about relationships and sex education.
Science at Hadrian Academy involves giving the children experiences of a wide range of practical work as well as developing scientific skills and attitudes to promote the enjoyment of learning about science. Each term the children will learn about a different aspect of science.
We want children to ask questions, develop their thinking skills and be reflective of their experiences.
Currently, the whole school are working towards being awarded the PSQM, Primary Schools Quality Mark. Click here to find our more.
In geography at Hadrian Academy we aim to help children to make sense of their surroundings and to gain a better appreciation and understanding of the variety of physical and human conditions on the earth’s surface.
In history our aim is to develop in children an understanding of how people have lived in different times in the past and to develop a respect for cultural traditions and history of our school and the United Kingdom.
Topics are selected for each key stage and follow a two year rolling programme.
We are an active school! We aim to develop confidence and competence in physical skills appropriate to the age and ability, so that children may appreciate exercise and recreational as an enjoyable and important option for life. Through encouraging team games we aim to help children learn the importance of working together.
There are various clubs run at school at the end of the school day for children to join. Each lunch time the children access to a range of equipment aimed to increase activity.
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We are a musical school. As a Platinum Sing Up award holder we ensure that the children sing at least once every day across the curriculum. We also follow the Charanga music scheme in years 1-3 to engage and inspire children to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.
We celebrate all the arts and hold the Gold Artsmark. We follow the LCP scheme of work for visual arts and adapt it where possible to link with other subjects across the curriculum. Our art lessons teach children the knowledge and skills to experiment, produce creative work, become proficient in different techniques, evaluate works of art and learn about great artists and designers.
We run several extra curricular Art and Craft Clubs and also invite Love Art and Craft to run a weekly club after school.
Children across the school all cover the Speaking and Listening curriculum in class. In addition to this every child has the opportunity to sign up to train for and take LAMDA examinations. These are designed to equip learners, whatever their age or aspirations, with a range of skills which will serve them throughout life. Preparation for an examination can unlock imagination and creative-thinking, develop communication skills, refine technical skills and artistry, and promote team-work. The examinations themselves provide learners with an opportunity to measure progress against an international standard, build self-confidence and self-esteem, and receive appraisal and guidance for future development. Children are given feedback on their performance, whether they pass or fail, they will be told how to improve. Excellent children pass with merit or distinction. Everyone who passes receives a certificate. Last year our results were excellent with the majority gaining merits or distinctions.