The main aim of our curriculum is to offer a range of experiences that will develop your child and his/her potential in every sphere of growth and learning. We provide a challenge based creative curriculum. We believe very strongly in a broad and balanced curriculum and value creativity as an essential part of children’s learning but we also have a strong emphasis on every child’s achievement in English and Mathematics.
Organisation of the curriculum
The school is organised in the following way:
Early Years Foundation Stage – Reception.
Key Stage 1 – Infants (Years 1 and 2).
Key Stage 2 – Juniors (Years 3 to 6)
Reception children follow a foundation stage curriculum with early learning goals which should be achieved by the end of their Reception year. The foundation curriculum covers education in pre-schools and nurseries and operates from the ages of 2 to 6 and, therefore, provides continuity from pre-school to school.
The curriculum is a balance of free exploration, play and set tasks. There is an emphasis on Literacy and Mathematics as the children progress through their time in this class. Children are not functioning within the National Curriculum at this stage but will have gained valuable experiences in readiness for National Curriculum requirements in Year 1.
The curriculum is organised around the Cornerstones Curriculum. It consists of English, Mathematics, and a topic based approach to all other subjects.
Religious Education (RE) is not part of the core curriculum but is regarded as a main subject to be taught. We follow the Bolton syllabus for RE which aims to provide children with knowledge and understanding of the nature of religions, their beliefs and practices. Parents retain the right to request withdrawal of their children from RE lessons and from assemblies, which under the 1988 Education Act are required to be broadly Christian in character.
Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education is also a focus at Essa Primary Academy in our curriculum as it makes a valuable contribution to children’s development.