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Curriculum

The following page provides an overview of the broad and interesting curriculum which is in operation at Ingoldsby Academy.

The National Curriculum forms a sound framework around which we base the education of our children. National Curriculum documents can be made available for you to read upon request. 

The curriculum gives children the opportunity to achieve the highest possible standards of Maths, Reading and Writing whilst ensuring they can become confident in physical activities, artistic pursuits, practical and social skills. We provide a broad and balanced topic based education allowing for the individual needs of each child to be met within well-planned learning experiences.

 

English

  • Strong emphasis on vocabulary development, grammar, punctuation and spelling (for example, the use of commas and apostrophes will be taught in KS1)
  • Reading is at the core of the whole curriculum with a big emphasis on reading for pleasure both at home and at school.
  • Handwriting (not currently assessed under the national curriculum) is expected to be fluent, legible and speedy
  • Spoken English is given greater emphasis, with children being taught debating and presentation skills.

Mathematics

  • Simple fractions ( 1⁄4 and 1/2 ) will be taught from Key Stage 1 and by the end of primary school children should be able to convert decimal fractions to simple fractions (eg.0.375= 3/8)
  • By the age of nine, children will be expected to know times tables up to 12x12 (currently 10x10 by the end of primary school)
  • Calculators will not be introduced until near the end of Key Stage 2, to encourage mental arithmetic
  • The ability to solve mathematical problems is a key skill which runs through all strands of the new primary curriculum
  • Children will be taught formal written strategies of vertical long multiplication and long division when they are secure with the standard written methods we currently teach.

Science

  • Strong focus on scientific knowledge and language, rather than understanding the nature and methods of science in abstract terms
  • Evolution will be taught in primary schools for the first time
  • Non-core subjects like caring for animals will be replace by topics like the human circulatory system. 

Computing

  • Computing replaces Information and Communication Technology (ICT), with a greater focus on programming rather than on operating programs
  • From age five, children will learn to write and test simple programs, and to organise, store and retrieve data
  • From seven, they will be taught to understand computer networks, including the internet
  • Internet safety – currently only taught from 11-16 – will be taught in primary schools.

Design and Technology (DT)

  • Design and Technology has become more important in the new curriculum, setting children on the path to becoming the designers and engineers of the future
  • More sophisticated use of design equipment such as electronics and robotics
  • In KS2, children will learn about how key events and individuals in design and technology have shaped the world.
  • Greater emphasis on cookery with a focus on savoury dishes

Geography

  • Greater use of atlases and maps including O/S maps and digital maps
  • Children are expected to know and locate countries, capitals, major cities, mountains and rivers
  • In depth studies of a European, North/South American country and a region of the British Isles are required

History

  • Greater emphasis on British History taught in chronological order from Stone Age to 1066. Tudors no longer taught in KS2

Languages

  • The term Languages will replace the term modern foreign languages
  • Currently not statutory, a modern foreign language or ancient
  • Learning a language will be mandatory in KS2.
  • Children will be expected to master basic grammar and accurate pronunciation and to converse, present, read and write in the language

Physical Education (PE), Music, Religious Education (RE)

  • The study of these subjects remains largely unchanged. 
  • As part of our PE curriculum we are able to plan swimming lessons for Years 1-6 for half the academic year.
  • We swim once a week at the Meres Leisure Centre in Grantham.  Our swimming lessons are taught by our own staff who are qualified swimming instructors.

PHONICS

At Ingoldsby we use the ‘Read Write Inc’ phonics programme that ensures early success in reading, writing and spelling. Children in nursery will start by attuning to the sounds around them and ready to begin developing oral blending and segmenting skills.

EARLY YEARS PROFILE

There are 3 Prime areas:

-Communication and Language

-Personal, Social and Emotional Development

-Physical Development

-There are also 4 Specific areas:

-Literacy

-Mathematics

-Understanding the World

-Expressive Arts and Design

For further information about the curriculum followed at Ingoldsby Academy please contact us. 

David Ross Education Trust and British Values:

The Trust is very supportive of the ethos of promoting British Values, and preparing our pupils for success in a modern Britain. A heavy reliance is placed upon broadening horizons for each and every child and this includes developing the core skills of tolerance, respect, teamwork, resilience and building self-esteem. These are all values and qualities that we feel are relevant in order to play a full and meaningful role in society, and are promoted via our extensive house system that lends itself to cultural and sporting competition, democratic principles, social mixing, the development of greater pastoral care and enhanced PSHE.

For more information about British Values at this academy, please download the document on the left.