Foxhole Learning Academy uses the National Curriculum as a basis to plan units of work with a cross-curricular, thematic approach which is meaningful and engaging for children.
The school curriculum:
At Foxhole Learning Academy, there is an emphais on experiential learning including the opportunities for outdoor activities, visits, visitors and cross-curricular links, leading to an immersive approach where children take ownership and develop a love of learning.
Read, Write Inc
We are proud to be a Read, Write Inc. This is a comprehensive, structured programme for the teaching of phonics, reading and writing. The aim of the programme is to develop independent, confident readers to demonstrate a love of reading. Read, Write Inc is taught from Reception and children are taught in small ability groups. We make regular assessments of the children to ensure that they are progressing as well as they should. Children who need additional support are given 1:1 top up sessions. This predominantly a programme for Key Stage One pupils. Once your child has completed the programme they will be taught in Literacy lessons. Children in Key Stage 2 who still need support with their decoding skills access a programme called Fresh Start.
We use the National Curriculum to guide our Literacy teaching. Our literacy lessons include reading, speaking and listening, writing, spelling, handwriting, punctuation and grammar (SPAG). Children have daily literacy lessons and we use a variety of approaches to engage, excite and motivate the children. Our literacy lessons link to our topics so that children have a wide range of opportunities to be immersed in their learning and apply their skills. We pride ourselves on knowing our children very well so the teachers use personalised approaches to teaching. We teach spelling through a structured spelling programme. We instil in children a love of reading and ensure that class reading corners have a range of texts to excite the children.
Children further develop their reading skills through guided reading and reading across the curriculum. A range of texts, genres and authors are study so that children become aware of a range of different reading approaches and are able to identify key features of different texts which they use to develop their writing skills. They read like a writer. Children are taught to analyse texts and form opinions. The school actively supports reading at home.
We use a range of approaches including Pie Corbett story telling techniques. The children are taught key features of a range of different text types. Writing is supported by handwriting practice and the structured teaching of SPAG. Children write end of unit pieces of writing in their progress books. This clear demonstrates the impact of teaching and progress over time.
We use the National Curriculum to guide our Mathematics teaching. We use a range of materials to support the teaching and learning. We ensure that there is clear progression and have a detailed calculation policy to ensure that there is a consistency teaching to different concepts and strategies. We provide a range of cross curricular opportunities for children to apply their mathematical skills and knowledge. We believe that all children should develop skills in mastery so that their understanding is embedded in a range of contexts. We use the 99 club for teaching times tables as we acknowledge that having a secure understanding multiplication facts is essential. This is a weekly tables challenge and runs alongside dedicated teaching of strategies for learning tables.
We use a blocked approach to the teaching of topics. This means that children will be taught each subject in a block rather than 1 lesson a week. The rationale for this is that the children can be immersed in a particular subject and the teacher can use day to day assessment to inform the next steps in learning. We use well planned first hand experiences as motivators for the topics, this includes class trips, visitors into school and planned events. Each topic starts with a ‘big picture’ which shows the key questions the children will answer through the topic. Children also complete a ‘what I already know’ and ‘What I want to find out’. Children use these to support independent research. Children complete reflective marking ladders at the end of each subject block so that they can clear demonstrate what new learning they have acquired.
The school follows the Cornish SACRE syllabus. Children study a variety of different faiths and are taught to be respectful of other’s beliefs. There is a daily act of collective worship which is a variety of whole school, key stage and class.
We use the REAL PE programme for teaching PE across the school. This ensures that there is a consistency and clear progression in key skills. Children apply these skills in a variety of team games. All children also go swimming.
We are committed to ensuring that children’s personal, social and emotional wellbeing is well supported and nurtured. We acknowledge that a lack of confidence and self-belief can be a significant barrier to learning. There is dedicated teaching of PSHE. We are also a Thrive school. We have a dedicated Thrive practitioner who supports children who need additional support with their social and emotional needs. This a therapeutic support which works with individuals, pairs and small groups. The programme allows children to identify their emotions and supports them with strategies to cope with difficult and challenging situations. We have a dedicated Thrive room which is well resourced.