Curriculum at Totternhoe CE Academy
Our Curriculum statement:
At Totternhoe CE Academy, our Curriculum prepares our children to ASPIRE!
Totternhoe CE Academy ASPIRE curriculum encourages and enables our children to be:
Aspirational – in their outlook, aiming to be the best they can be, achieving their goals for the future
Successful – in achieving/celebrating individual, step-by-step challenges in all areas of learning
Prepared for life – through their personal development of Christian values, equipping them for life in our multi-cultural society; through being confident and skilled in using and applying their learning in our ever-changing, technologically advancing world
Independent – learners who are self-motivated and take responsibility for their learning; confident in managing themselves, their feelings and their belongings
Resilient – recognising and embracing the positive opportunities for personal growth and learning offered by facing challenges
Empowered – by encouragement, growing confidence and self-awareness of their own strengths, to be effective learners, responsible and considerate members of the local and wider community, prepared and open to face future challenges and opportunities.
At Totternhoe CE Academy, we fully adhere to the Equality Act (2010) and Special Education Needs and Disability Regulations (2014). Teachers plan to stretch and support ALL learners as appropriate. Teachers set high expectations for all pupils and use Quality First Teaching, along with carefully targeted interventions to meet the needs of all learners and ensure they receive the support and challenge needed. Teachers will use appropriate assessment to set ambitious targets and plan challenging work for all groups of pupils including SEND and EAL.
The curriculum is delivered through a theme-based approach, across the school. Standalone subjects include Computing, English, Mathematics, Music, PE, PSHCE, RE and Science. All are incorporated in the theme-based curriculum wherever links are possible, with a strong emphasis on writing for a range of purposes across the curriculum. Art and Design and Design and Technology are taught through the theme. Termly, themed units are planned for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Chosen themes are designed to ensure that there is full coverage of the National Curriculum in each subject area over the academic year/Key Stage. In Upper Key Stage 2, themes are planned on a two-year rolling program, to ensure coverage for our mixed year group class.
The children in Year R and Pre-School follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. This comprises of 7 areas of learning: the 3 Prime areas - Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development, and the 4 Specific areas - Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts. Half-termly themes are planned in Early Years.
Totternhoe CE Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our children and young people and expects all staff, volunteers and visitors to the school to share this commitment