Our primary academies provide a broad and balanced curriculum through creative and innovative approaches to teaching and learning. Across all subjects our curriculum frameworks promote high standards through progression in both the acquisition of knowledge and skills.
Our primary curriculum model is built on collaboration across all the academies within the primary family of schools. Our engaging and inspiring approach centres around six key themes which are visited annually:
An Outstanding Early Years Curriculum
Our Early Years settings are welcoming and engaging and support our youngest learners in discovering and developing the early building blocks for successful learning. Through a balance of teacher-directed and child-initiated learning, children engage in enquiry, discovery and reflection in order to become confident in expressing their ideas, happy to make independent choices, proficient in ICT and keen to explore the world around them. The stimulating and challenging indoor and outdoor learning environments provide an exciting context for developing an early love of learning.
Innovative Approaches to English and Mathematics
Daily teaching of English and Mathematics both as discreet lessons and across the wider curriculum enable our children to reach high standards by the end of both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Children’s progress across our academies is high, regardless of starting point.
The whole school progressive framework for English provides children with real-life and engaging purposes and audiences for reading, writing, speaking and listening. Daily teaching of phonics and spelling is highly interactive and enables children to secure at least age-related expectations in these core basics. Children read widely and often across the curriculum supported by our use of innovative ICT based systems which track children’s developing fluency and depth of comprehension.
Learning from international practice, our approach to mathematics involves two short mathematics lessons each day. Using our ‘same day intervention approach’ children’s learning is personalised at the point of need to ensure that they are challenged and supported to acquire new skills and knowledge each day. Children develop fluency and depth within the curriculum and as a result they grow as confident mathematicians.
A Collaborative and Creative Approach
Our primary curriculum model is delivered in a thematic approach built on collaboration between all of our academies. Children collaborate within their academy as well as between other Outwood academies and schools around the world. The 6 Trust- wide annual themes of ‘Explore’, ‘Discover’, ‘Create’, ’Imagine’, ‘Invent’ and ‘Inspire’ provide a commonality of approach across our academies whilst at the same time allowing classes to innovate and personalise their learning. The curriculum is based on real-life contexts for learning with opportunities to celebrate and share outcomes with a range of audiences.
Developing the Whole Child
The Outwood learning model ensures that children develop the characteristics of good learners and the vital skills required for the next phase of education and work. We have 3 expectations which underpin our work: