We have designed our curriculum at Staniland Academy to comply with the Equality Act 2010 and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014 where the curriculum is accessible for those with disabilities or special educational needs as well as meeting all of the national requirements of the Foundation Stage Curriculum and National Curriculum and fundamentally, the needs of our pupils.
From the moment pupils enter into Foundation Stage, we work to support them with the key skills they need in order to succeed following the seven areas of learning and development:
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Understanding of the world
- Expressive arts and design
We do this with a focus on quality, first hand experiences and prioritising early reading and oracy.
In Key Stages 1 and 2 we offer a broad, balanced and enriched Curriculum which provides the pupils with the skills to equip them for life, work and social responsibility as future adults.
A thematic approach is used, where links between subject areas are exploited to promote the Curriculum in stimulating and exciting ways. Staff work tirelessly to provide work that is suitably differentiated to meet the needs of each and every child.
Ultimately, our children’s learning experiences extend beyond the school day and extensive enrichment opportunities such as after-school clubs, trips (including a residential trip) and visitors are utilised to foster an overall love of learning.
Here at Staniland Academy, we are privileged to serve a diverse community which celebrates differences. Through our teaching, we aim for all pupils gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of a wide range of cultures and religions.
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
Phonics and Spelling
The teaching of phonics in EYFS and Key Stage 1 is delivered through strong, high quality discrete daily sessions following the Letters and Sounds programme, combined with regular, daily opportunities for developing reading skills. The teaching of phonics is a key strategy that is used to help our children to read, write and spell. This is supplemented by the Curriculum spelling requirements as set out in the English curriculum for each year group. At Key Stage 2, spelling is taught using the English curriculum and No Nonsense Spelling programme. Additional intervention phonics work is delivered to identified and targeted children.
At Staniland Academy, we know that reading is a powerful tool for learning. It facilitates independence in the quest for knowledge and allows the reader to share experiences, which would otherwise not be encountered. It is a necessary requirement for communication in society. We recognise the need to raise pupils’ attainment in reading.
The school uses a variety of reading schemes to enhance the teaching of reading:
- Bug Club Phonics
- Hero Academy
- Floppy’s Phonics
- Collins Big Cat
- Oxford Reading Tree
- Project X Guided Reading Sets
- Range of interesting and stimulating texts
- Accelerated Reader