At Looe Primary Academy, we believe that a broad and balanced curriculum is essential in the development of knowledge and skills for our pupils. We aim to provide challenge, support, encourage and praise so that pupils fulfil their potential and are well prepared to be effective citizens in the future. We are proud to use the Edison Learning Connected Curriculum as the basis for our planning and delivery. ‘The Connected Curriculum provides a strong framework through which the connections between subjects are clearly mapped, whilst providing adaptability and flexibility’ (Edison Learning website).
This means that we can celebrate the lives and heritage of our pupils within their coastal community and embed the distinctiveness and relevance through our curriculum topics and learning journeys which are a key strength of the School. We feel that we have adopted and adapted a wonderful curriculum offer that has enabled us to create our own unique curriculum that meets the needs of the national curriculum that we follow as an academy but more importantly, meets the needs of all of our learners.
Our pupils love the learning journeys that we provide as they provide exciting and innovative ways of inspiring their learning and opportunities to be independent learners. The Connected Curriculum recognises the values of our school provides all core learning skills that pupils require to be successful learners.
English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English teaches pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Pupils are taught to plan, revise and evaluate their writing.
At Looe, we follow the storytelling approach where children are immersed in a text through speaking and listening activities alongside unpicking the text collaboratively. Children then follow the features of that genre to innovate and invent their own version. Children are exposed to a ‘WOW’ starter and a purposeful end outcome, in order to provide motivation to write and real life experiences. Spelling, punctuation, grammar and handwriting are taught discretely but are also woven through the units of writing. We encourage children to apply their writing across a range of subjects to understand that writing is an integral part of being a successful citizen.
We aspire for all children to have opportunities to read at home through our new reading record system. It is our aim, by the end of their primary education, for all pupils to be able to read fluently with a good level of understanding of what they read. This will enable them to build on what they already know and have the chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Reading feeds pupils’ imagination and opens up a treasure chest of wonder and joy for curious young minds.
At Looe, we believe that children need to be exposed to a range of reading opportunities including creative and iPad activities. We combine two approaches: a reading carousel of activities and also a whole class text approach in order to provide equal opportunities for all children to access age appropriate texts. We have a fantastic, refurbished library, run by our local volunteer librarians, which provides opportunities for children to read for pleasure and take books home. Parents are also encouraged to visit our library on a weekly basis to choose books and read with their children.
At Looe Primary Academy we believe mathematics equips pupils with a powerful set of tools to understand the world including logical reasoning and problem solving skills. Mathematics is important in everyday life and we endeavour to ensure that children develop a healthy and enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics that will stay with them for life.
Our aim is that every child leaves Looe Primary with a secure understanding of maths. We are currently developing a ‘Mastery Maths’ approach where pupils work on fluency in maths (such as number bonds and times tables) alongside reasoning and problem solving skills. From September 2018, we are extremely excited to be developing this approach as part of a ‘Mastery Workgroup’ in collaboration with the Cornwall and Devon Maths Hub.
Our pupils work extremely hard alongside their teachers to become competent mathematicians. They use lots of concrete resources (such as number squares, number beads and base 10 equipment) and visual models until they are ready to move onto more abstract maths. We aspire to ensure our pupils develop fluency in basic maths skills to enable them to work efficiently on reasoning and problem solving work. Our pupils work on daily early morning fluency work (including family games in Foundation) and practise their maths in a cross-curricular way during topic work to use and apply their maths skills.
Our approach at Looe Primary ensures pupils leave us with a love of maths and have the key building blocks to use their maths successfully in life.
At Looe Primary Academy we greatly value the importance that the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) plays in laying secure foundations for future learning and development. Through a holistic approach, staff work effectively and closely with parents and carers to support the learning and development of all children.
Following training courses and support from Early Years consultants the Foundation Stage Team at Looe Primary have adapted their practice to provide pupils with a child-initiated approach to their learning. By using a personalised approach, the pupils are now encouraged to lead their own learning with their own interests.
We plan our topics based on pupils’ ideas and interests and this is evident in the displays in the classroom. The journey that the learning takes is clearly seen with comments from the pupils explaining what they are learning and the skills they are developing.
Our role play area is now deconstructed! This means the pupils use empty boxes, tubes and fabric to create role play areas from their own experience. A box can be made into anything; the possibilities are endless! Enhancements are added into the role play area, depending on the pupil’s interests e.g. doctor’s kits, animals, costumes. Photographs and mark making are added on to the backing paper to show how the play develops over time. Our Foundation Stage prepares each child for the next stage of their learning.
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