New Curriculum detailed guide and Curriculum Statement

Please click on the link below to view a guide for parents to the new national curriculum in English Primary schools

THE CURRICULUM AT GATEHOUSE ACE ACADEMY

English

At Gatehouse ACE Academy we have recently implemented the Read Write Inc programs for phonics, Literacy and Language and Spelling which will support us in further improving the English skills of our pupils and meeting the expectations of the new curriculum. These programs will form most of our English curriculum, supplemented by Teaching Sequences from our local English advisors at Babcock LDP which are based on quality texts.

Read Write Inc Information

Read Write Inc. Phonics 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.  Whilst the program is designed for children in Reception up to Year 4, children in Year 5 and 6 who have found reading difficult can take part in an intervention called Fresh Start which teaches the phonics skills required but uses age appropriate materials to interest them!

Read Write Inc. Literacy and Language is a complete literacy programme for children to complete after they have mastered the phonics. It is designed to stimulate and challenge children’s thinking and create enthusiastic, lifelong readers and writers. The texts are engaging and embed the teaching of grammar, vocabulary development, critical thinking and spoken language.

Like the Literacy and Language above, Read Write Inc. Spelling is a robust, fast-paced systematic spelling programme for children to complete after they have completed the phonics programme.  It provides explicit teaching of key spelling rules and develops the children’s awareness of the complex alphabetic code that makes up our English language. The systematic approach of continually practising and reinforcing this learning, helps children to embed this into their long term memory.
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 stage not age, allowing lessons to specifically address individual learning needs.

Additional information for parents about the Phonics and Spelling programs is available on our website under the parents tab.

Maths Makes Sense

Our school uses Maths Makes Sense- a unique maths programme that develops true mathematical understanding right from the start. Maths Makes Sense recognises the importance of maths in our daily lives and helps our children to:

  • Learn the skills of numeracy, geometry and measure that can be used in everyday life and developed later for specific demands of a particular career
  • Develop problem-solving and reasoning skills that are so vital in day-to-day life
  • Develop thinking skills – an invaluable skill in every subject area.

The Maths Makes Sense learning system

Maths Makes Sense uses a learning system of concrete objects, exaggerated actions and special vocabulary to help every child succeed in our school and become a confident mathematician. The combination of objects, actions and vocabulary makes maths accessible to children from the youngest age. The learning system builds deep understanding and embeds a picture of the maths in children’s minds so they progress to thinking without the aid of physical objects; they refer to their mental images instead.

Aims of teaching mathematics

  • To promote enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning, through practical activity, exploration, discussion and reasoning.
  • To enable each child to develop within their capabilities; not only for the mathematical skills and understanding required for later life, but also an enthusiasm and fascination about maths itself.
  • To increase children’s confidence in all areas of maths so they are able to express themselves and their ideas.
  • To develop the ability to solve problems through decision-making and reasoning in a range of contexts.
  • To develop the practical understanding of the ways in which information is gathered and presented.
  • To explore features of shape and space and develop measuring skills in a range of contexts
  • To understand the importance of maths in everyday life.

To be able to work independently and collaboratively

The International Primary Curriculum

Gatehouse ACE Academy adopted the IPC in 2014 and we form part of a global learning community who use the IPC as part of their planned curriculum. The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is an internationally minded curriculum that is used in a number of countries around the world. The IPC provides opportunities for global learning – allowing pupils and staff to make links. The goal of the IPC is to nurture a love of learning through a combination of academic, personal and international learning.

Children at Gatehouse learn through a series of units of work, of which there are over 70 to choose from. Each unit is carefully selected to ensure the most coverage of the new National Curriculum. The units of work have a theme which children are interested in and relevant to today’s world. Children learn many of the subjects through the theme so that their learning has meaning to them. The units of work have suggested tasks linked to learning objectives however the nature of the curriculum allows staff to be creative and focus upon the needs of our children. The development of skills is a very large part of the IPC; learning activities at Gatehouse, including trips and visits from other professionals to our school, have been designed so that our children develop these important lifelong skills with emphasis on becoming an independent learner.

If you want to find out what your child is learning you can look for their Year Group in the menu and click to see overviews of each area of learning

Physical Education

Physical Education teaching covers a wide range of sports and skills. These are organised into units: striking games; striking and fielding; net/wall games; athletics; gymnastics and dance.

Sport specific skills, attacking and defending principles, tactics and teamwork are also taught.