We believe that every child should have the opportunity to develop and build their self-esteem and self-confidence.
We encourage our children to have high aspirations and strive for the best. We want our children to be responsible and effective by the time they finish their journey at Balby Central Academy and move onto the next phase of their lives.
At Balby Central we use a book study approach to immerse children in high quality texts that will provide the basis for stimulating and connected learning. We have developed detailed curriculum maps that show children’s journeys from the starting point, to the steps in learning and finally the landing point. The school’s aim is to encompass as many curriculum subjects in to each topic.
Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage are taught using the EYFS framework with an emphasis on developing key skills, knowledge and understanding through structured child-led play. Topics are introduced through an Entry Day where the curriculum is really brought to life through a range of engaging experiences that set the scene for the topic and provide a context for future learning.
All our curriculum activities are based around the latest version of the National Curriculum (published in 2013 and statutory from September 2014) and the locally agreed syllabus for Religious Education. Curriculum activities are designed to ensure each pupil has the opportunity to realise our vision for them. Balby Central’s curriculum is balanced and broadly based and promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development as well as preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. We want our curriculum to be memorable, to engender a love of learning and a desire to be positive and keep learning throughout life.
Our curriculum aims to:
Four Core Subjects
These ten subjects are not intended to be a complete curriculum and other aspects may include personal and social education as well as health education and swimming.
At Balby Central Primary Academy we use Read Write Inc as our preferred way of delivering high quality teaching of synthetic phonics.
Read Write Inc. combines 5 clear steps to ensure real success in English:
Once the children have completed RWI they move on to whole class reading. Here the class book alongside other books and link texts and used to teach children the skills of reading comprehension. Children will be given a reading book to take home each week and it is helpful if parents can make a brief comment in the child’s reading record to let us know how they are getting on with their reading at home. We expect children to bring their reading books into school every day. All children in Reception are given a free book bag, if you would like to purchase a new one they can be bought from the school office.
In KS2 we also use the whole class approach to reading. Alongside this child will also use Accelerated Reader. This will provide children with a book that they can take home each day which is at their individual reading level. Once they have finished the book they can complete a short, online quiz based on the book that they have just read. It is helpful if parents can write a comment in the reading record books to keep us up to date on how children are getting on with their reading at home. We expect children to bring their reading books into school each day.
At Balby Central we are using the Maths Mastery approach to teaching mathematics. We are aiming to improve pupils’ understanding, enjoyment and attainment in mathematics The key principles underpin all that we are doing. We have high expectations for every child. We teach fewer topics in greater depth. We emphasise problem-solving and conceptual understanding. The programme pulls together many established ideas and methods into one rigorous teaching approach. Children are encouraged to physically represent mathematical concepts. Objects and pictures are used to demonstrate and visualise abstract ideas, alongside numbers and symbols. Mathematical concepts are explored in a variety of representations and problem-solving contexts to give pupils a richer and deeper learning experience. We are focusing on narrowing the achievement gap between different groups of students, as well as raising standards overall. We want all learners to share the enthusiasm for mathematics. The approach is based on research and internationally recognised practices, and underpinned by key principles.
When the children enter Key Stage 2 they begin to learn about the French language. This is a statutory part of the national curriculum and helps the children to improve their understanding of how language works and helps to broaden their horizons.
At Balby Central we follow the Agreed Oldham Syllabus for Religious Education. The aim is to develop an understanding of different religions and promote tolerance of others. If parents have any questions about our RE teaching please ring the school to make an appointment with our RE leader.
Children in Year 2 and Year 6 take SAT tests in the Summer term to check how they are progressing with their learning. SATs include tests of reading, grammar and mathematics. If you are interested in finding out more about the SATs, please speak to your child’s class teacher. For more information and examples of exam papers you can visit www.sats-papers.co.uk