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Curriculum

We know that children learn in different ways and at Springfield Academy we provide a rich and varied curriculum that allows children to develop to their full potential.  Our curriculum is carefully planned to meet the needs of our children and our community whilst still covering the knowledge, skills and understanding set out in the National Curriculum.

Our Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is based on the 7 areas of learning:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

At Springfield we have designed an interesting, engaging and relevant curriculum using a topic approach for many of our lessons. Our topics cover many different subject areas, for example, our Year 3/4 topic called ‘How do we see, how do we hear?’ includes Science, Art, Music & DT. Our topics are changed every half term. Classes work in teams so that two year groups do the same topics. The topics are set on a two year cycle so nobody repeats the same topic.

 

As one of our school values is aspiration, we want our children to know as much as possible about the world around them both here in Bulwell and Nottingham and beyond… We believe our children need to understand more about people and places so that they can make more informed choices about their own future. To do this we plan regular trips and visits including three different residential camping experiences. We also invite visitors into school like the local vet and members of different religions to enrich the learning experience.

 

To help our children to learn best by developing their co-operation and determination we teach additional skills alongside our topics and English and maths. We call these skills ‘Core Learning Skills’ and we believe they give children the power to learn well. We teach one skill a term starting with ‘Learning with Others’ in September so that the children can quickly settle into their new classes. Other skills include ‘Thinking Skills’ which they children love as they get to really unpick how, why and what if? More information on our ‘Core Learning Skills’ can be found on a special page!  We believe in providing equal opportunities for our children and work hard to ensure access for all.

 

We teach respect for others by ensuring every child understand British Values and have timetabled lessons on this in addition to our other topics.

 

Please look at our class pages where an overview of the plan for the year can be found. Class letters are also sent out very half term which introduce the new topic and also celebrate the children’s success from the previous half-term. Many photos can be found on our website and on display in school – check them out!

 

If you would like to know more about the curriculum at Springfield, please speak to the children or any of the staff in school. We are always happy to talk about the learning taking place here at Springfield and would be delighted to show you the children’s work . We are proud of the achievements and progress our children make during their time with us.

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