At St Newlyn East Learning Academy we offer a curriculum which is broad and balanced and which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points, as they progress through each Key Stage. The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school. The aim of our curriculum is for pupils to have the requisite skills to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for their next stage of education.
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework. This is a statutory requirement for all schools. Our team of Foundation practitioners use on going assessment and observations of the children to develop a flexible curriculum. The curriculum is based on the children’s interests. This is ensures that they are enthusiastic and motivated about their learning. Our foundation stage children have continuous access to both inside and outside. We provided a carefully planned play based curriculum which also maximises opportunities for children to develop their own lines of enquiry.
Phonics and reading are taught through our structured Read, Write Inc programme. This is a recognised scheme that ensures that all children become confident, independent and enthusiastic readers.
We adopt a ‘free flow approach’ which allows children to access both inside and outside throughout the day.
Curriculum for Year 1 to Year 6
We pride ourselves on the curriculum that we provide for the learners in our school. We have worked hard to ensure that our curriculum reflects the world that we live in. The three key elements to our topic curriculum are:
Local identity: This involves learning about our immediate surroundings, Cornwall and the United Kingdom. It is important that children develop a sense of community, a cultural identity and how where they live is similar or different to other locations.
Environmental: This focuses on a variety of environmental issues which encourage the children to learn about their impact on their world and how they can make a positive change.
Global: This is an important part of our curriculum. The children have an opportunity to study different countries and continents around the world. This helps them to develop their global identity and ensures that they develop understanding, respect and tolerance for different cultures, their traditions and views.
Our curriculum is taught in half termly units and has clear progression that ensures that the children develop skills, understanding and knowledge.
We ensure that our curriculum is enriched by a variety of motivators, this includes trips, visits and visits in school by experts. Our extensive outdoor areas means that the delivery of the curriculum is not restricted to inside. The staff make use of this outdoor space to enrich all aspects of the curriculum.
Visit the class pages for more detailed information about the content for each topic.
Phonics and Reading Schemes
At St Newlyn East Learning Academy we use Read Write Inc. to support phonics and reading.
Read, Write, Inc. is a dynamic, vigorous programme that teaches children to read and write quickly and easily. First children learn the common sounds in the English language and how to sound-blend words for reading, at the same time they develop skills of handwriting and spelling. They progress to read and comprehend lively storybooks containing words that they can decode so they achieve early success in reading.
A key element of the Read Write Inc. approach is that practice across the school is completely consistent. This is achieved because every member of staff is trained, coached and supported to be an expert in the teaching of reading. Children are grouped by ability allowing lessons to specifically address individual learning needs.