Curriculum Information - see also tabs for cornerstones curriculum and RWI
Lawley Village Academy Curriculum Statement
At Lawley Academy, our curriculum motivates, engages and inspires the children through a series of learning journeys. All of the curriculum areas are then delivered through this mission. A ‘stunning start’ launches the learning and hooks the children from the very beginning.
How It works
The curriculum is rooted in a proven pedagogy based on how children learn best. At its heart is the principle that every child deserves a rich, fun, engaging and broad learning experience. The curriculum nurtures engagement, curiosity and innovation, brings learning to life in meaningful ways, and really makes an impact.
The curriculum is built around imaginative learning projects. Each ILP has an overarching theme linked to a national curriculum subject. In addition to the main subject focus, each ILP makes meaningful links across a range of subjects and covers multiple aspects of the national curriculum. Lessons are organised in a weekly series and link national curriculum programmes of study (the knowledge bit) and age-related skills (the skills bit).
Teachers design the curriculum by choosing ILPs that they feel meet their needs and curriculum principles. The approach is entirely flexible, with some teachers choosing to do one ILP each half term and others doing one each term. After choosing which and how many ILPs to do, teachers can check their national curriculum coverage using an online coverage checker.
Each project is closely linked to the knowledge and skills outlined in the national curriculum. Key concepts are learnt and built upon across year groups, ensuring subject depth, coherence and progression. At the end of Each ILP teachers track and record children’s achievement of national curriculum knowledge and skills to help identify gaps for future learning.
While literacy is at the heart of each ILP, each project makes meaningful links across the curriculum, maximising opportunities to apply and build on subject knowledge and wider skills.
We use a four part learning structure for every ILP (this being the priority activity). We call these Engage, Develop, Innovate, and Express. This pedagogy reflects the best way children learn and is rooted in a variety of different educational approaches and research. Put simply, the four stages are as follows:
Engage – hook children in with a memorable experience.
Develop – allow children time to gather the skills and knowledge they need to develop a deep understanding.
Innovate – offer creative experiences that allow children to apply their skills, knowledge and understanding.
Express – provide the space and time for reflecting, evaluating, and celebrating learning.
This gives us a consistent and coherent structure on which to build our curriculum and also ensures a consistent approach to teaching and learning. Consistency of approach is key to this being a successful curriculum, ensuring that all stages of the ILP are followed and celebrated.
Learning for All
Teaching and learning is underpinned by cognitive challenge. Teachers ensure differentiation is appropriate and does not place a glass ceiling on learning for any child.
Differentiation occurs through careful and strategic task matching and questioning where staff create the correct conditions for learning by delivering learning centred around an Essential Learning Objective which provides opportunities for depth of learning.
The environment engages and inspires children, but is also language rich to support the children’s oracy and writing development throughout the topics.
Learning with a purpose
The focus for our topics is to provide contextualised, purposeful learning that develops ‘life skills’ so that children are ‘secondary’ ready by the time they leave. The journeys in learning foster the development of writers, mathematicians, historians and geographers etc.
Celebrating Learning Attitudes
A core driver for our curriculum is developing children’s learning attitudes and behaviour for learning. Throughout the topics, children are given opportunities to reflect on how their learning attitudes are developing and children demonstrating these attitudes are recognised and rewarded within the classroom and the whole school celebration assembly.
For the long term plans please click here for 2017-19,
If parents or other members of the public wish to find out more about the curriculum the school is following please contact the office for further details or to request paper copies.