Curriculum at Glascote Academy
Glascote Academy children and staff love reading! Reading is enthusiastically promoted within Guided Reading sessions, 3pm story times, library visits and daily reading at home. Guided Reading sessions happen four times a week. We follow a format of read with an adult, answer comprehension questions, complete GPS and Phonic activities, and read for pleasure. Each class celebrates reading by having inspiring reading corners and a wide range of books and magazines to choose from. In addition, a Reading Manager is available to ensure a variety of books are accessible but, most importantly, reads with a selection of children on a one to one basis to ensure all children have a love of books and make substantial and sustained progress as a result.
Writing is taught through tailored English and cross curricular lessons. Texts, pictures and videos are used as exciting and engaging stimuli to enthuse and inspire a range of writing genres. Great pride is shown in presentation of cursive handwriting within all writing completed by the children. Drama activities are used to support the teaching for writing. The children take great Pride in the Friday extended write which all classes take part in. Children are made accountable to ensure they include all skills taught, in line with their ability. Grammar Punctuation and Spelling (GPS) is taught three times a week to enable the children to implement the skills within the writing.
At Glascote Academy we provide the children with a multi-sensory style of phonics. Following the Department of Education Letters and Sounds programme alongside Jolly Phonics, the children have a fun but consistent approach to synthetic phonics. Phonics takes place every day in Key Stage one using the four part lesson structure. Each lesson starts with a recap of previous sounds taught, before moving on to teach the children a new sound. They then get the opportunity to practise the newly taught sound before applying it in a range of reading and writing activities. Alongside discreet phonic lessons the children have opportunity to consolidate their learning through independent activities, whether these are through enhanced provision or guided reading sessions.
Maths is loved by the children at Glascote. To ensure the children are challenged and have a wide range of experiences, we follow a STAR thinker maths approach. S for see, T for try, A for apply and R for reasoning. A learning strategy is taught, the children use this strategy to answer questions that increase in difficulty: word problems are included as well as opportunities for children to explain their thinking and reasoning skills. Numicon and other resources are given to the children to support their learning. In addition, the school has implemented an initiative called ‘Glascote Counts’, where Year 2 children, who need additional support, are taken for small group and one to one work.
The farm and forest areas at Glascote Academy play a significant part in both the children’s school lives and within the life of the local community. Both outdoor areas are used as an integral part of the curriculum, creating a range of cross-curricular learning opportunities, which engage ALL learners of ALL academic abilities. This holistic approach ensures that every subject is taught in a new and innovative way, nurturing children in their learning journey. Outdoor opportunities ensure that skills can be applied in a range of contexts and can be transpired back into the classroom.
At Glascote Academy, we teach a range of exciting and engaging theme sessions which have been built with the children. At the start of every term, children are encouraged to think about what they would like to find out during the theme sessions; creating a child-centred approach. Through the exploration of different and diverse themes, each child is able to explore a range of mediums, from geography and history, to art and design. Each term, a WOW week is included in the timetable to allow further exploration of theme subjects. This then transpires to many cross curricular opportunities.