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Glascote Academy

Glascote Academy

All About Our Curriculum

Reading

Glascote Academy children and staff love reading! Reading is enthusiastically promoted within Guided Reading sessions, at 3pm story time, school library visits and daily reading at home. Guided Reading sessions happen four times a week and include mini timed comprehension tests to increase pace. We follow a two week format:

  • Week one: whole class teaching VIPER skills
  • Week two: written comprehension, read with an adult, and read for pleasure

Each class celebrates reading by having inspiring reading corners and a wide range of books and magazines to choose from. In addition, our Reading Manager is available to ensure a variety of books are accessible but, most importantly, reads with a selection of children on a one to one basis to ensure all children have a love of books and make substantial and sustained progress as a result.

Writing

Writing is taught through tailored English and cross curricular lessons. Texts, pictures and videos are used as exciting and engaging stimuli to enthuse and inspire a range of writing genres. Great pride is shown in presentation of our cursive handwriting style.   Drama activities are used to support the teaching of writing, along with the use of pictures and symbols as aide memoirs when retelling or recreating narratives. Our children take great pride in their weekly extended write which all classes have timetabled.  Children are made accountable to ensure they include all skills taught, in line with their ability.  Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (GPS) is taught weekly to enable the children to implement the skills within the writing.

Phonics 

At Glascote Academy we provide the children with a multi-sensory style of phonics. We use Jolly Phonics to implement the DfE Letters and Sounds programme whereby the children learn through action, song and visual stimuli. Phonics takes place every day in Foundation and Key Stage one using the four part lesson structure. Each lesson starts with a recap of previous sounds taught, before moving on to teach the children a new sound. They then get the opportunity to practise the newly taught sound before applying it in a range of reading and writing activities. Alongside discreet phonic lessons, the children have opportunities to consolidate their learning through independent activities, whether these are through enhanced provision, guided reading or writing sessions.

Maths

Maths is loved by our children at Glascote. To ensure the children are challenged and have a wide range of experiences, we follow our bespoke Triple R format.  Following initial teaching and modelling, the children Rehearse, Reason, and complete Real-life questions. Numicon and other resources are available to support the children’s learning. Our children also complete a timed weekly “Countdown” challenge which aims to increase fluency, recall and pace when solving arithmetic problems.

Outdoor Learning

We are extremely proud of our outdoor learning at Glascote Academy. Our Forest and Farm areas play a significant part in both the children’s school lives and within the life of the local community. Both outdoor areas are used as an integral part of the curriculum, creating a range of cross-curricular learning opportunities, which engage ALL learners.  This holistic approach ensures that every subject is taught in a new and innovative way, nurturing children in their learning journey. Outdoor opportunities ensure that skills can be applied in a range of contexts and can be transferred back into the classroom.

Theme

At Glascote Academy, we teach a range of exciting and engaging theme lessons that encompass all areas of the curriculum including History, Geography, DT and Art. Through the exploration of different and diverse themes including Global Gardens, World War II, Anglo-Saxons & Vikings, Greece, and The Shang Dynasty, the children learn about their world both past and present.  Each term, a WOW week is included in the timetable to allow further exploration of theme subjects through the use of languages, food, music, dance and art.   Each term, staff provide further opportunities for memorable learning through the use of trips, visitors and wider experiences.

 

If you require more information about the National Curriculum which we follow at Glascote Academy plesae visit: 

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum

 

 

Reception 
 

Please use these links to help support your child with their learning: 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/numberblocks

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/alphablocks

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?Subject=37

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

https://app.literacyplanet.com/login?

YouTube videos-

  • Tricky Word songs
  • Cursive letter formation
  • Count to 100 everyday
  • Count by 10s
  • Count and move to 20
  • Pirate addition
  • Pirate subtraction
  • Jolly phonics songs
  • Number jacks

 

Year 1 

Please use these links to help support your child with their learning: 

https://www.literacyplanet.com/  

https://ttrockstars.com/ 

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/  

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?Subject=16&AgeGroup=2 (English and Maths)  

http://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/ (Maths and English)  

https://www.youtube.com/user/SingingWalrusMusic (Days of the week Song)  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fe9bnYRzFvk (Months of the year song)  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NOzgR1ANc4 (Phase 4 tricky word song)  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rd5DBkP9avw (Counting in 10’s)  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amxVL9KUmq8 (Counting in 5’s)  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCxvNtrcDIs (Counting in 2’s)  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dkPouLWCyc (Count to 100)  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gi1dwHp1ppU (Letters and sounds song)  

 

Year 2
 

Please use these links to help support your child with their learning: 

https://www.literacyplanet.com/  

https://ttrockstars.com/ 

Oxford Owl - https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/welcome-back/for-home/reading-owl/reading 

Top marks - https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ 

Topic (Explorers) - https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/history/explorers/ 

BBC Bitesize - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/z3g4d2p 

Phonics/spelling rules - https://www.phonicsbloom.com/ 

 

Year 3 

Please use these links to help support your child with their learning: 

 

Year 4 

Please use these links to help support your child with their learning: 

TTRockstars:

https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth/school/student

Literacy Planet:

https://app.literacyplanet.com/login

BBC Bitesize:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

Twinkl (free resources):

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/search?term=school+closure

Youtube (educational videos):

https://www.youtube.com/

Maths Frame:

https://mathsframe.co.uk/

 

 

 

Year 5 

 

Year 6

Please use these links to help support your child with their learning: 

https://ttrockstars.com/  

https://www.literacyplanet.com/uk/ 

https://www.emaths.co.uk/index.php/student-resources/past-papers/ks2-sat-2016-practice-papers  Reasoning and arithmetic papers. No need to print. Complete questions and workings out in paper. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zv48q6f

https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/free-home-learning-packs/ Download this pack relevant to our year group - you do not need to print this as you can just work the answers out using notepad and paper. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum-assessments-practice-materials#key-stage-2-past-papers

 

Here are some extra sites we have been sent to support Home Learning: 

Special Educational Needs:  

Mental Health and Well-being  

Here are some extra sites we have been sent to support Home Learning: 

https://www.camhs-resources.co.uk/

https://www.starline.org.uk/

https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/chill-panda/

Here is the website to the BBC daily lessons which will begin at 9:00am on Monday 20th April  - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize 

Here is the website to Oak National Academy which is an online curriculum hub with over 180 lessons. https://www.thenational.academy/

Here is a website which we have been sent as part of Earth Day.

https://www.intofilm.org/news-and-views/articles/earth-day-films-to-stream-at-home

 

StarLine home learning helpline

A new home learning telephone helpline - is now live to support parents and carers nationwide.

A group of partners including David Ross Education Trust, Freshworks, Future Academies, Inspiration Trust, Mumsnet, Oak National Academy, PLMR, StarAcademies, Triple P Positive Parenting Program and United Learning have come together to create and deliver StarLine. Each partner has pledged their people, expertise and resources to support StarLine. This initiative is supported and welcomed by CST and also by the DfE.

StarLine will help parents and carers in the following ways:

  • By providing access to a team of qualified teachers, education and parenting experts.
  • By focussing on providing practical ideas, support and reassurance.
  • By offering tips, techniques and resources to enable parents to give their children the support they need to continue learning while schools are closed.
  • By supporting family wellbeing and mental health.
  • By covering all phases of education and subjects plus behaviour, pupil wellbeing and SEND.

StarLine is available to parents and carers of pupils from all schools nationwide. Free, confidential advice is available six days a week by phoning the StarLine team on 0330 313 9162. For more information, visitwww.starline.org.uk or follow @StarLineSupport on Twitter. 

The team behind StarLine will also be broadcasting a weekly programme on YouTube. In each episode of StarLive, a guest presenter will share practical ideas for home learning. Further details can be found on the StarLine website.