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At Silverdale Primary Academy we teach the full National Curriculum and seek to give each pupil an outstanding education, tailored to their individual needs.
Through a broad and balanced curriculum, we aim to recognise and develop individual talents, skills and interests. Classroom-based learning is complemented by learning outdoors, educational trips and visitors into school.
Wherever appropriate, we use a cross-curricular approach to teaching and learning so that skills and knowledge can be developed and used across a wide range of different subjects.
Our strong supportive culture is due to the real sense of partnership between home and school. Parents and relatives are welcomed into school to share their expertise and help in the classrooms. Many parents and relatives attend class assemblies, productions and other important celebrations and events during the year.
Early Years Foundation Stage: Nursery and Reception
Play and fun are fundamental in the learning to Foundation Stage and our children experience these in abundance. We pride ourselves on the quality of our provision and work hard to give all pupils the best possible start to their educational journey. The ongoing cycle of observing children to identify their strengths and next steps in their learning, to then plan for the next steps through continuous provision, enhanced provision or teacher lead activities is vital to ensure that all children achieve their best.
Each child has a learning journey that documents their learning. They help to put it together and parents are welcome to look at these any time. Our approach to reading in Reception is taught through a structured daily reading programme Read, Write Inc. This enables the children to be grouped to learn letter sounds, how to put them together to read and how to split them up to spell.
Key Stage One: Years 1 and 2
We continue an active approach to learning throughout Key Stage One. The curriculum is presented through themes to help children make sense of their learning and to keep it as child-focussed and active as possible. At Key Stage One we work hard to continue the good start in Reception with regards to learning to read.
It is our aim that all children enter Year Two as strong readers. We therefore, continue the grouping for Read, Write, Inc phonics, where the children are taught in small groups of like ability, where they sit and learn in pairs. We have interventions such as one to one Phonics so that no children slip through the net. We encourage parents to buy the Speedsounds Packs 1 and 2.
Once children have reached the national expectation in Phonics, they begin a formal approach to Literacy lessons. This is the Literacy and Langauge programme that follows on from the pace, passion and perserverence needed in the phonics to continue to make outstanding readers by developing comprehension skills and becoming skilled writers.
Key Stage Two: Years 3 to 6
The curriculum in Key Stage Two, encourages active learning through discussion, group work and practical activities. It is here that our children further develop their independent learning skills that prepare them for the future. Effective partnerships with our secondary schools ensure that children leave us well equipped and confident to face future challenges.
Guided Reading is taught through intensive Guided Reading sessions, where children are grouped regularly into like ability to read for meaning. Each group is lead by an adult, where questions invite the children to discuss what they have read. Our approach in Maths is that every child will work through a progression of learning where they will learn the necessary skills to be able to apply this and generalise by the end of each lesson.
Trips and Residential Trips
Where learning can be enhanced by making a visit to get first hand experiences, we will plan a trip out of school. Recent visits have included, Stafford Castle and The Brampton. All children will experience an Educational visit or a visitor coming into school each term. Also Year Five children go on a residential visit for a few nights, where they work on outdoor pursuits, team building and self-esteem building activities. The children love this experience and often return with a new level of maturity.