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At Silverdale Primary Academy we teach the full National Curriculum and seek to give each pupil an outstanding education, tailored to their individual needs.
Through a broad and balanced curriculum, we aim to recognise and develop individual talents, skills and interests. Classroom-based learning is complemented by learning outdoors, educational trips and visitors into school.
Wherever appropriate, we use a cross-curricular approach to teaching and learning so that skills and knowledge can be developed and used across a wide range of different subjects.
Our strong supportive culture is due to the real sense of partnership between home and school. Parents and relatives are welcomed into school to share their expertise and help in the classrooms. Many parents and relatives attend class assemblies, productions and other important celebrations and events during the year.
Early Years Foundation Stage: Nursery and Reception
Play and fun are fundamental in the learning to Foundation Stage and our children experience these in abundance. We pride ourselves on the quality of our provision and work hard to give all pupils the best possible start to their educational journey. The ongoing cycle of observing children to identify their strengths and next steps in their learning, to then plan for the next steps through continuous provision, enhanced provision or teacher lead activities is vital to ensure that all children achieve their best.
Each child has a learning journey that documents their learning. They help to put it together and parents are welcome to look at these any time. Our approach to reading in Reception is taught through a structured daily reading programme Read, Write Inc. This enables the children to be grouped to learn letter sounds, how to put them together to read and how to split them up to spell.
Key Stage One: Years 1 and 2
The Discovery Curriculum is presented through themes
Once children have reached the national expectation in Phonics, they begin a formal approach to English lessons. English lessons are based around a high quality text with a focus on children applying technical ability when writing in different genres.
Key Stage Two: Years 3 to 6
The curriculum in Key Stage Two, encourages active learning through discussion, group work and practical activities. It is here that our children further develop their independent learning skills that prepare them for the future. Effective partnerships with our secondary schools ensure that children leave us well equipped and confident to face future challenges.
Reading is taught through whole class daily sessions, with a focus on fluent reading and developing comprehension skills. These sessions combined with our Read Out Loud programme and independent reading time is aimed at helping the children develop a love for reading.Our approach in Maths is that every child will work through a progression of learning where they will learn the necessary skills to be able to apply this and generalise by the end of each lesson.
Visits and residential Trips
Where learning can be enhanced by making a visit to get first hand experiences, we will plan a trip out of school. Recent visits have included, Stafford Castle and The Brampton. All children will experience an Educational visit or a visitor coming into school each term. Also Year Five children go on a residential visit for a few nights, where they work on outdoor pursuits, team building and self-esteem building activities. The children love this experience and often return with a new level of maturity.