Our overwhelming desire is that at the end of a seven year association each child should leave with a portfolio of rich and happy memories. The curriculum is designed to:
- Inspire our children and enable staff to flourish and achieve their best;
- Recognise children’s prior learning;
- Provide first hand experiences;
- Allow the children to develop interpersonal skills; build resilience and to become creative, critical thinkers.
We offer a curriculum which is broad and balanced and builds upon the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children as they progress through our academy, whatever their starting points. The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the national curriculum and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our academy. The aim of our curriculum is for pupils to have the necessary skills to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for their next stage of education.
The national curriculum is delivered using an integrated approach through theme based learning and assessed using Sonar curriculum statements linked to the powerful knowledge documents. These are in line with national curriculum expectations and are used as a basis to ensure coverage and progression throughout the school. Our more able pupils are challenged further in their learning and children who find aspects of their learning more difficult are appropriately supported through adjustments so that they too are enabled to access the same ambitious curriculum. Curriculum overviews are mapped out as a whole academy and individual year groups then plan the curriculum delivery for their pupils accordingly.
Every child is recognised as a unique individual. We celebrate and welcome differences within our school community. The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, powerful knowledge, concepts and values.
Our Silverdale happiness ninjas help our learners acquire these skills; with six key values and skills needed to promote responsibility for learning and future success. These are ambition, courage, determination, resilience, inspiration and dynamism.
This links back to the University of Brighton Academies Trust vision;
"to create a vibrant, inclusive community, transforming lives and broadening horizons through excellent teaching and learning."
External specialists and providers are also used to enhance and enrich delivery of some curriculum areas. Subject leaders are given training opportunities to keep developing their own subject knowledge, skills and understanding so they can support curriculum development and their colleagues throughout the school. Theme weeks, whole academy activities and opportunities within and outside the academy enrich and develop the children’s learning. After school clubs and events extend these opportunities further. Additional whole school programs and approaches support quality first teaching and learning and the academy is well resourced in terms of learning materials, books and technology.
Curriculum Impact Statement
As children strive to become an ultimate learning ninja, our curriculum impact will be as follows;
Ambition: We inspire our students to dream big and set ambitious goals for themselves. Through our curriculum, we provide them with the knowledge, skills, and mindset necessary to pursue their aspirations and strive for success.
Courageous: We foster a culture of courage, encouraging our students to step out of their comfort zones and take risks. We believe that by embracing challenges and facing their fears, our students develop the resilience and confidence needed to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals.
Determined: We cultivate a sense of determination in our students. We teach them the importance of perseverance and the value of hard work. Through engaging learning experiences and support from our dedicated educators, our students develop a strong work ethic and the drive to overcome any setbacks they may encounter.
Dynamic: Our curriculum is dynamic and ever-evolving. We recognise the fast-paced nature of the world and aim to equip our students with adaptable skills and knowledge. We provide a range of learning experiences that foster creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving abilities, ensuring our students are prepared for an ever-changing future.
Inspirational: We believe in the power of inspiration. We provide our students with role models, motivational stories, and opportunities to explore their passions. We aim to ignite their curiosity and spark a lifelong love for learning. By nurturing their innate sense of wonder, we inspire our students to become lifelong learners and pursue their dreams with enthusiasm.
Resilient: Resilience is a key characteristic we aim to instil in our students. We teach them how to bounce back from adversity, adapt to change, and develop a positive mindset. Through a supportive and nurturing environment, we help our students develop the emotional and mental fortitude needed to navigate life's challenges and setbacks.
Together, our students will grow into ambitious, courageous, determined, dynamic, inspirational, and resilient individuals. They will be equipped with the skills, knowledge, and mindset to make a positive impact in their own lives and the lives of others. With their shining potential, they will embark on a journey of lifelong learning and personal growth.