"To create a purposeful educational environment where children of all abilities can learn and thrive"
At North View Academy, our pupils are at the heart of our curriculum. Past experiences and 'failures' often leave them anxious, unwilling and reluctant to learn. We want our children to understand and be in control of their emotions and behaviours, thereby allowing them to be inquisitive, spark a desire and willingness to learn.
We believe that every child should have the opportunity to develop and build their self-esteem and self-confidence. We encourage our children to have high aspirations and strive for the best. We want our children to be responsible and effective by the time they finish their time at North View and move onto the next phase of their lives.
We use a number of different approaches to explore and deliver the curriculum areas to ensure we enable our children to develop all the skills they need to be confident and successful learners. Using differentiation, extension and support, ALL our pupils access the curriculum. Through experiences given they take control of their behaviour; reinforce their learning; progress academically; encourage their curiosity; develop social skills; build confidence in themselves and in their abilities; improve their communication skills; grow independence and experience success through their endeavours.
The curriculum delivered is strongly based on the National Curriculum (NC), which is currently in a process of change. At North View we are following the timetable of transition as set out by the DfE - In September '14, Years 1, 3, 4 & 5 adopted and are following Programmes of Study set out in the NC2014 for Maths, English, Science and the foundation subjects (namely Art & Design; DT; Computing; Music; History; Geography & PE). Years 3, 4, 5, & 6 also study French.
Years 2 & 6 remain on the current NC for Maths, English and Science but hace adopted the new NC2014 for the foundation subjects.
From September 2015 ALL year groups will follow the new NC2014.
(Further information on the new NC2014 can be found at the following link -
National Curriculum 2014
Our long term plan shows an overview of each year group's curriculum, Key Stage 1 Key Stage 2. It identifies the areas taught in each of the foundation subjects and when, during the academic year they will be delivered. Our aim is to equip our pupils with the skills, knowledge, independence and confidence to help them successfully progress onto their secondary school - whichever provision that may be.
As our pupils are working at levels and programmes of study below those expected, North View gives particular prominence to Literacy and Numeracy. They are taught as stand-alone lessons but are also highly integrated into the foundation subjects, reinforcing its importance and narrowing the gap between achievement and expectation.
As part of the reforms to the NC2014, the current system of 'levels' used to report children's attainment and progress has been removed (though it remains in place for THIS year's Y2 & Y6 pupils). The Programmes of Study within the NC2014 identifies expectations at the end of one-year and two-year periods. At North View we have broken these down into statements of achievement and will continue to assess our pupils and track the progress they make through these Programmes of Study. This is done individually for Literacy, Numeracy and Science.
All pupils are assessed; achievements recorded, and targets set. These are tracked and monitored regularly thereby ensuring pupils are on track to realise targets or conversely issues that may arise are identified promptly and strategies and interventions are put in place so progress is not hindered.
In addition, the curriculum coverage is also planned and documented across the foundation subjects to ensure it is progressive and not repetitive. A broad, balance curriculum with the needs of our pupils at its core is consequently delivered.