At John Henry Newman Academy, we offer a curriculum which is broad and balanced and which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points, as they progress through the school. The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the new National Curriculum 2014 and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school. The aim of our curriculum is for pupils to have the skills to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for their next stage of education.
Early Years Foundation Stage
Children in Nursery and Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. This learning challenges children and encourages them to develop into independent, motivated learners and thinkers, full of curiosity about the world around them within a fun, happy and secure environment.
Our Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is based on seven areas of learning:
• Communication and Language
• Personal, Social and Emotional Development
• Physical Development
• Understanding of the World
• Expressive Arts and Design
Children have opportunities to explore, enquire and to take risks through practical, hands-on learning experiences.
At John Henry Newman Academy, we teach phonics using the Letters and Sounds scheme of work.
The National Curriculum
The John Henry Newman Academy follows the National Curriculum from Year 1 to Year 6. Our curriculum design is based firmly on the principles of good learning matched to the specific needs of the children in our school.
Each year group studies a topic over the half term. This enables us to provide meaningful and cross-curricular learning experiences for our children, which enable them to make connections with the world around them.
The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils and their understanding of the core values of our society are woven through the curriculum.
Specialist teachers support information, communication and technology and physical education. Theme weeks, whole school activities and opportunities within and outside school all enrich and develop the children’s learning.
If you would like further information about our school curriculum, please contact our school office.
Please see our curriculum map for 2017-2018