The curriculum at St. Leonard’s was written by the staff to support the learning needs of our pupils and to include the community and environment around us. The curriculum is reviewed annually by the staff.
Our broad and balanced curriculum builds on the National Curriculum guidelines (September 2014). We use this as a basis for all subjects, enhancing and broadening them wherever possible, and building on a child’s own knowledge in a way that he or she finds meaningful. We aim to offer every child the skills, concepts, knowledge and understanding that are appropriate to his or her level of ability and speed of working.
Our English curriculum encompasses the National Curriculum for English. Its aim is to promote and teach good practice in reading, writing, speaking and listening. English is taught within English lessons and through cross curricular links.
Reading is taught carefully and systematically to all children in order that they develop the skills they will need to read with fluency and understanding. We use a letters and sounds scheme to encourage the development of phonic knowledge.
In Key Stage one we teach reading through ‘Daily Supported Reading’. This classroom programme helps to move all children on in their reading. It is delivered initially to Year 1, then introduced into Reception and for the lowest attaining children in Year 2 for maximum impact across the school. It helps children make accelerated progress by working in a coherent and systematic way. Children enjoy daily independent reading in small groups matched to their independent reading level, led by a trained adult.
In Key Stage 2 we follow the ‘Destination Reader’ programme. Destination Reader involves daily sessions incorporating whole class modelling prior to the children applying these skills through partner work and independent reading. Children deepen their understanding of the texts they read through the systematic use of a series of strategies and language stems.
Each classroom has a reading area which all children can access. The Academy promotes a close liaison with parent and carers regarding children’s reading and encourages children to take books home.
A clear and legible style of handwriting is taught throughout the Academy to develop style and fluency.
The national curriculum identifies a number of attainment targets across a wide range of experience: number, measurement, shape and handling of data. A large part of mathematical work is based on practical experience, reinforced by more formal/basic skills. Again, in common with all other Academies, the mathematics curriculum encompasses the National Numeracy Strategy, teaching a daily lesson to develop mathematical skills and attainment.
A copy of our numeracy policies can be viewed here if required:
Numeracy – Subtraction
Numeracy – Multiplication
Children participate in a range of scientific activities which build on and develop the skills and knowledge already acquired. These include recording, observation and selecting, and using appropriate apparatus and equipment. Children are encouraged to apply scientific ideas to solve problems of a practical nature. In addition, the children are encouraged to undertake investigations or experiments of their own. Natural curiosity and interest in the world is fostered and individual points of interest developed.
The Academy has resourced a programme of topics which ensure that requirements in areas such as history, geography, art and design technology are covered both in terms of subject content and work study skills. The national curriculum requires that a number of attainment targets are taught in each of the subjects.
All classes have an interactive whiteboard to enhance learning. Alongside this we have class sets of laptops and also a bank of 18 tablets. These are used to not only teach ICT skills, but to enhance all areas of the curriculum. These activities develop confidence, cross curricular skills and a greater understanding of the role of computers and how they are used today.