Our Curriculum

The approach we have to our curriculum is to develop good quality basic skills whilst fostering a confident, resilient self belief in all children. Our aim is that all pupils leave Seal Primary Academy, secondary ready. Every child has access to a wide range of subjects to ensure breadth of learning. Each term topics are planned in year groups, which link to the children's work in Literacy. A wide range of trips and visitors are organised to compliment and enrich the learning within the topic.

Reading

Reading has the highest priority in our school. Driven by the Headteacher, we aim to provide high quality reading provision for every child to ensure they attain highly and develop a love of reading.

At Seal Primary Academy, every child is given access to reading opportunities in all subject areas each day. Additionally, pupils receive dedicated guided reading time and detailed feeback from their teachers on how they can improve. Reading provision is organised in the following ways for our children:

  • Daily, systematic, synthetic phonics teaching using Read, Write Inc as the scheme
  • Regular guided reading sessions to develop decoding and comprehension skills
  • Reward systems that recognise reading at home with an adult
  • A variety of quality texts and genres
  • Whole class books that are read to the children by the class teacher
  • Access to reading areas
  • At least weekly visits to our library
  • Visits to our local community library
  • Parental volunteers to hear readers
  • Intervention strategies for those children at risk of falling behind
  • Accelerated Reader has now been launched in Keystage 2. The aim of Accelerated Reader is to increase the pace in which children progress in their reading. They do this by completeing online comprehension styles quizzes in school. If you would like some more information on Accelerated Reader please click here.  /uploads/asset_file/3_0_a-parents-guide-to-accelerated-reader.pdf

 

Please click here for our reading policy.

 

Writing

Seal Primary Academy is a storytelling school. We use Talk for Writing to teach our children.

We believe that ‘Imitation is the first step towards mastery—writers find their literary voice through replicating the voice and style of other writers. The easiest way to learn anything is to do it the way a master does’ (Andy Griffiths, Mark Burns

Talk for Writing enables children to imitate the key language they need for a particular topic orally before they try reading and analysing it. We teach all of our English through fun activities that help them rehearse the tune of the language they need, followed by shared writing to show them how to craft their writing. This enables them to choose the writer tools they want to use in their independent writing, which in turn helps them to develop their own literacy voice. 

We share the vision that writing is driven by high quality reading. At Seal Primary Academy, children write every day both in and beyond their Literacy lessons. Speaking and Listening plays an important role in the development of writing throughout the age ranges. Every member of staff is expected to model good quality Standard English in their interactions with children and other members of staff. We actively encourage adults to model and correct grammar when speaking with children. Every curriculum area is an opportunity to develop reading, writing, spelling and speaking and listening. Writing provision is organised in the following ways for our children:

  • Daily Literacy lessons
  • Literacy lessons are linked to the year group topic for the term
  • Regular spelling lessons each week linked to the Read, Write, Inc phonics work.
  • Regular handwriting sessions each week

 

Mathematics

The basic concepts of number, place value and calculation create the foundations of all mathematical learning in our school. Giving children access to numerous opportunities to talk about, interact with and demonstrate their understanding in a range of contexts is central to good or better learning in mathematics.

Children at Seal Primary Academy have daily Mathematics lessons, plus additional mental and oral maths. Understanding and using the correct mathematical vocabulary is essential for both EAL and native English speakers. Therefore all lessons need to introduce vocabulary, use it throughout a practical context and review its use at the end. Clear models for visual, kinaesthetic and auditory learners are essential. Mathematics provision is organised in the following ways for our children:

  • Daily Maths lessons
  • Regular timestable challenges
  • 10 minutes of mental maths daily (magical maths moments)
  • Children in Years 1-6 have access to 'Mathletics' for maths games and activities, this can be logged into at school and at home
  • Children in KS2 follow our Maths Skills Tracker for progression in written calculation

Our written calculation policy clearly sets out the progression in calculation for all 4 mathematical operations. Please click here for our calculations policy.

 

Topic related learning

Each term topics are planned in year groups which link to the children's work in Literacy. A wide range of subjects are all taught through the topic and link where appropriate. In addition to this children have the opportunity to learn Spanish and are taught weekly by our experienced sports coach.

Please click on the year group if you would like to look at the learning journeys for the Autumn term.

Year 1                       Year 3                Year 5 1st half          Year 5 2nd half

Year 2                        Year 4              Year 6

Please click on the year group if you would like to look at the learning journeys for the Spring term.

 Year 1                     Year 3                 Year 5

Year 2                      Year 4               Year 6

Please click on the year group if you would like to look at the learning journeys for the Summer term.

Year 1                      Year 3                  Year 5

Year 2                     Year 4                  Year 6

If you would like to know more, please phone the school to make an appointment.