Curriculum

 

Newquay Junior Academy Vision – Mission statement

At Newquay Junior Academy we work together to develop the enquiring minds of happy, well-motivated and creative individuals who can confidently reach their own potential.

Newquay Junior Academy Curriculum and Values

At Newquay Junior Academy our curriculum is underpinned by four key values. The curriculum is the vehicle by which the academy achieves its core objective of educating children in the skills, knowledge and understanding that they need in order to lead fulfilling lives.

These are the main values upon which we have based our curriculum:

We value:

  • Our community

We value the importance of each person in our community. We organise our curriculum so that we promote co-operation and understanding between all members of our community.

  • The environment

We value our environment, and we aim, through our curriculum, to teach respect for our world, and how we should care for it for future generations, as well as our own.

  • Each other

We value the way in which all children are unique, and our curriculum promotes respect for the views of each individual child, as well as for people of all cultures. We value the spiritual and moral development of each person, as well as their intellectual and physical growth.

  • Learning

We value the importance of developing active learners who show a thirst for learning. We strive to nurture motivated, engaged and life-long learners who work hard, show determination, perseverance and resilience in all they do. Our aim is to enable each individual to reach their true potential. 

The curricular aims of Newquay Junior Academy are:

  • help develop lively enquiring minds, with the ability to question and argue rationally and to apply themselves to tasks and physical skills.
  • help pupils acquire the knowledge and skills relevant to adult life and employment in a fast changing world.
  • encourage pupils to use language and number highly effectively.
  • ensure pupils have a secure understanding of a wide range of demanding vocabulary and are able to use and apply it in many contexts.
  • promote pupils’ understanding of the world in which they live and the interdependence of individuals, groups and nations.
  • encourage respect for religious and moral values and tolerance of other races, religions and ways of life.
  • help pupils appreciate and celebrate human achievements and aspirations.
  • help pupils to make the progress they are capable of by knowing more and remembering more.
  • ensure prior knowledge is revisited and embedded so that pupils can learn new content.
  • help our pupils to gain powerful knowledge, transferrable knowledge and carefully sequenced knowledge.
  • ensure that learning over time is ‘durable’ and ‘lasting’.
  • use fluency within our teaching so that pupils can successfully recall knowledge.
  • help pupils develop a secure understanding of the small components of each learning step so that they accomplish the overall composite.
  • establish an environment within which teaching and non-teaching staff, school managers, advisory colleagues, parents and future parents can work together for the successful achievement of these aims.

At Newquay Junior Academy, we are incredibly passionate and excited about our bespoke curriculum. As a team, we have worked very hard to develop a thematic curriculum across the academy which aims to ignite pupils’ imagination, develop motivation and engagement, boost creativity and develop a true thirst for learning. Our pupils are given the opportunity to develop a sound knowledge and understanding in a range of skills with high expectations and high quality learning in all subject areas. In addition to this, we pride ourselves in the opportunities we provide for our pupils to take part in many different extra-curricular activities throughout lunchtime and after school.

We plan our curriculum in three phases and agree a long-term plan for each year group. The long-term plan shows the thematic titles, when they will be taught and to which year groups. Each subject has a detailed progression of knowledge and skills for each year group ensuring a clear learning journey for all pupils. We plan the curriculum carefully, so that there is coherence and full coverage of all aspects of the National Curriculum (KS2). Our long-term plans are reviewed on an annual basis.

Our medium-term plans give clear guidance on the subject knowledge and skills to be taught across a theme. Where possible, we aim for teaching to be truly cross-curricular and immersive in approach. As with all areas of planning, our medium term plans may change and be adapted to the needs of the year group to ensure full immersion for the pupils.

The short-term plans at Newquay Junior Academy are those that our teachers write on a weekly basis. These are used to set out the learning objectives for each session, and to identify what resources, activities and teaching strategies are going to be used in the lesson to ensure progress of all.

When planning and evaluating the success of our curriculum we always give consideration to the following:

  • Intent

How well does the quality of our curriculum in each subject act as a driver of progress?

  • Implementation

How well does the content and sequencing of our curriculum in each subject act as a driver of progress?

  • Impact

How well are our pupils learning the content outlined in the curriculum?