Headteacher / National Leader of Education Paul Martin BEd (Hons) MA NPQH
Waddington All Saints Academy
Lincoln LN5 9NX
Our curriculum is organised to ensure entitlement of a broad and balanced curriculum. We strive to offer a rich, exciting and fun curriculum that allows all children to develop as learners and to reach their potential. The curriculum is delivered through a series of learning journeys that provide the children with contexts to learn new skills and concepts. Each class has a ‘seesaw’ account to keep parents/carers up to date and to support learning at home, this outlines the exciting learning that is taking place during each day/week/term. Parent logins for seesaw are sent home in September. We also use Twitter to capture the exciting learning happening around school, links to our twitter feeds can be found in the PUPIL menu above.
We endeavour to promote a real enjoyment for learning and ensure that our pupils have the ability to know how to improve and the skills to implement these improvements. We feel that it is important for the children to learn how to identify the barriers in their learning and develop the skills to overcome these.
“Our school is like an Aladdin’s cave, people just wouldn't believe all the good things that go on here.” (One of our 9 year old pupils)
Whenever possible children will be provided with the opportunities to be active learners rather than passive recipients. They will be involved in planning, implementing and evaluation of what they do and will be encouraged to constantly re-assess the quality of work that they are producing. Our children have a wonderful ability to identify their next steps in learning and how they are going to overcome them.
From an early age we will encourage children to be independent. Pupils will not be 'spoon fed' but rather will be challenged to think and do for themselves. As far as possible, young children will be encouraged to undress and dress for P.E. with minimal support. All children will be asked to be responsible for choosing and returning the materials that they need to carry out a particular task. Older children will be offered the opportunity to use the school library and the ICT suite without direct supervision. In brief, demands and responsibilities will be placed upon the children in order to equip them with the skills and confidence they will need in later life.
By aiming to make work exciting, interesting and relevant we hope that children will expand their learning beyond the normal school day by working at home and bringing information and artefacts into school.
Positive reinforcement at all levels exemplifies our attitude to personal development. Through praise and the acknowledgement of success we hope to encourage children to be proud of their achievements and to be able to share in the joy and success of others.
Finally, we wish to encourage a team spirit amongst pupils and adults, which will shape the direction and future development of the school and all its members. All classes from Year 2 upwards have representatives on the School Council, which meets on a regular basis to discuss issues and implement initiatives that improve the well-being of the pupils and the school environment.
Visits / Enrichment
We feel that children learn best from ‘first hand’, practical experiences. To support this we make visits and visitors an integral part of our curriculum. These are well planned to ensure that they relate directly to current topics being covered. The governors in consultation with parents and our RAF community have decided to continue to use our Service Pupil Premium to fund enrichment opportunities such as visits and visitors to enhance the quality and breadth of learning experience.
All Year 6 pupils have the chance to take part in a residential visit.
A range of extra-curricular clubs are on offer to the children, these take place at lunchtimes or after school. The range of clubs on offer depends on the time of year and can include football, netball, athletics, recorders, choir, science, art, eco club and drama. We try to ensure that we have something for everybody!
Sex and Relationship Education
Within sex and relationship education, we aim to provide children with the knowledge and skills to cope with the physical and emotional changes of growing up.
More sensitive issues are covered in years 5/6, including puberty and a basic understanding of reproduction.
Parents have the right to withdraw their children from any of these sessions if they feel it is necessary.
Phonics and Reading
Developing the ability to read independently is an essential part of any child’s learning. At All Saints, we strive to develop a passion for reading for all of our children. The love of books gives a lifetime of learning, excitement, enjoyment and the ability to learn with an eyes wide open view of the world.
At All Saints the children begin their reading journey with the opportunity to enjoy the feel and look of books, moving rapidly onto the development of their phonological awareness. This is done by following the guidance of a DFE document called Letters and Sounds – through phases of learning the children learn the basic sounds, match them to the correct letter shapes and develop the ability to decode and blend sounds.
When the children become confident with their phonics, they then move onto the Oxford Reading Tree scheme. This links to and further develops the children’s growing phonetic knowledge. When ready, the children continue their reading journey with access to books that are banded by content and ability. Teachers regularly assess the children’s reading, through guided reading sessions, to ensure that the children are being engaged and challenged by the texts they read.