CURRICULUM OVERVIEWS 2019 – 20
Spelling – Year 4 will be using ‘No Nonsense Spelling’ designed to meet the latest curriculum requirements in a manageable and effective way.
Children will then progress on from Bug Club and participate in Accelerated Reader a programme aimed at motivating students to read by guiding them to books suitable for their reading level. Students work at their individual level, developing confidence and becoming independent readers. For full details click here.
We reward regular readers with extra playtime and other special ‘Star Reader’ events.
Across Hadrian Academy we follow a handwriting scheme called ‘Letter-join’. As children get older and move through the school we still have regular handwriting lessons to improve quality, speed and stamina of handwriting.
- Quality: Ensure letters are consistently sized with equal word spacing and that ascenders and descenders are parallel and do not touch words on the lines above and below.
- Speed: Improve speed of handwriting to allow creative writing to take precedence over the task of handwriting and be able to take ‘quick notes’ at a faster pace.
- Stamina: Have the strength and mobility to be able to write for longer periods of time without fatigue.
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At Hadrian Academy, we use ‘Power Maths’ as a basis of our maths lesson. This is an exciting class mastery approach, which has been recommended by the DfE, that works for every child. It is based upon the concrete, pictorial and abstract approach.
Every lesson is divided into sections that involve plenty of discovery, sharing, collaboration, practice and reflection. Children are encouraged to solve problems each day through the use of concrete resources, pictorial representations and abstract thinking.
At the heart of this programme is the idea that all children can achieve and be successful mathematicians with the right growth mindset. It promotes five child friendly characters, each with their own positive skillset, to inspire and motivate children.
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.
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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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French is the chosen language at Hadrian Academy. The emphasis is on conversation about subjects that are familiar to the children. For example family, sport, weather and food.
As the children get older in years 5 and 6 we develop the writing of language. To support the staff we use a variety of materials to ensure the correct punctuation is demonstrated with the children.
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 invite professional peripatetic teachers to teach all children to read music and play an instrument to a high standard in years 4-6, 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.
Children in KS2 are all welcome to join our prestigious extra curricular choir, and the children have the opportunity to play their instruments together in a band.
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.