THE

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EDUCATION

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Effective delivery of an exciting, internationally-minded Curriculum which offers inciting learning ‘hooks’ is essential to all Teaching for Learning throughout Newport Community School Primary Academy. Both the written curriculum and the ‘hidden curriculum’ (what the children learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave) are integral to a pupil’s life at NCSPA, where we aim to provide a broad, balanced and rich curriculum with access and enjoyment for all.

The topic-based themes of the Academy’s curriculum inspire the core subject learning, and are based on the Global Dimensions of learning. These incorporate the key concepts of global citizenship, conflict resolution, diversity, human rights, interdependence, social justice, sustainable development and values and perceptions.  They run through and connect our curriculum in order to explore the interconnections between the local and the global while building knowledge and understanding, as well as developing skills and attitudes. 

In a region of relative geographical isolation, the Academy feels that it is important that the Global Dimensions of learning form a central strand in the Academy’s curriculum, so that pupils gain a better understanding of the world around them. This focus allows teachers to be internationally-minded and progressive in their planning and teaching.

Definition of the Academy’s Curriculum

We support the definitions of learning of both J. Abbot and J. West-Burnham:

“Learning is the process by which individuals develop understanding and the ability to apply knowledge in an independent way. Teaching is one of the means by which understanding is achieved. Learning is an individual and subjective phenomenon.”

(J. West-Burnham)

 “Learning is that reflective activity which enables the learner to draw upon previous experience to understand and evaluate the present, so as to shape future action and formulate new knowledge. Approach to learning is learned, alongside and linked to other aspects, gender and cultural experience. It is shaped by the prevalent ways of talking about learners and learning in school, family and society.”

(J. Abbott)

In order to promote personal growth and development, our curriculum is made up of the planned learning (skills, knowledge and understanding) opportunities, including a stimulating learning environment and learning how to learn. Integral to the Academy’s curriculum is the child’s response to the curriculum, which is reflected in child initiated and peer to peer learning. The curriculum includes not only the formal requirements of the Academy’s Curriculum, but also the range of extra-curricular activities and experiences, including home-school learning, which provide enrichment. It also includes the Academy’s ethos, or what the children learn from the relationships both within the school community, the local area and the wider world.

 

 

Aims of the Academy’s Curriculum

 

  • To enable all children to achieve or exceed their potential through learning how to learn and developing their skills, knowledge and understanding

  • To teach children the basic skills and knowledge of literacy, mathematics, science and computing

  • To learn how to lead a healthy life by making decisions that support their future health

  • To enable children to be creative and to develop their own thinking skills

  • To help children understand the breadth of Britain’s cultural heritage

  • To enable children to have a voice and be a positive responsible citizen in their community and wider world

  • To foster children’s understanding of the importance of truth and fairness, so that they grow up with a commitment to respect and show empathy for all

  • To help children to have a respect for themselves and high self-esteem

For more information about our curriculum please contact Mr Matt Crewe (Deputy Headteacher) at school