Curriculum at Glascote Academy
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.