Curriculum Overview

Pick Me Academy will provide a curriculum that offers equal opportunities for development in an international, friendly and caring environment. The school strongly values and promotes the concept of healthy and happy development of every child.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage for the Toddlers (2 years old), Nursery (3 years old) & Reception (4 years old) classes. Assessment is made and reported using the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile.

At Pick Me Academy the Foundation Stage applies to all children in the Nursey and the Reception Years. Pupils enter the Nursery at age 1 and a half and Reception in the September following their 4th birthday.

The EYFS curriculum is organised in seven areas of learning:

Key Stage One

The Primary School follows the National Curriculum for English, Mathematics, Music, PE, MFL and Computing. The Cross Curricular subjects are taught using objectives from the National Curriculum for Science, History, Geography and Art and Design, are linked/cross referenced with the curricula for English and Maths and adapted for the international nature of our school. Terms are themed so that we can teach in a cross curricular manner to give the learning environment more relevance.

Planning the Curriculum

Long, medium and short term plans are made by the EYFS and KS1 Coordinatorsand Head of School , as well as the class teachers. Long term plans are drawn up yearly and they provide an overview of what we intend the children to learn by the end of the respective year. Medium term plans are made half-termly, and short term plans are drawn up on a weekly basis. The short term plans take into consideration the needs of individual children or groups of children. They also take into account the interests of children and any unplanned events. As well as using assessments made to inform the following weeks planning.

Teaching and Learning

In planning and guiding children’s activities, practitioners must reflect on the different ways that children learn and reflect these in their practice. Three characteristics of effective teaching and learning are:

A range of approaches are used to deliver the curriculum, from whole class teaching to group, partner and individual activities and tasks. We aim to achieve a balance between teacher led and child initiated activities, whereby children can make discoveries within the context of planned experiences. Opportunities are given for children to explore, investigate, discover, create, practise, rehearse, repeat, revise and consolidate their developing knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes.
We encourage the children to use all their senses through a variety of learning opportunities, and we help them to make links between their discoveries and the wider world. We give time for the children to express their opinions and experiences, and value their differing views.
We provide opportunities for developing their imagination and communication skills through discussions and play. Based on these principles we have planned a carefully structured curriculum that provides rich, varied and stimulating experiences. We have structured a curriculum that allows children to become involved in experiences which are mostly based on real life situations. We believe that activities should always be relevant, imaginative, motivating, enjoyable and challenging.

All the subjects follow the National Curriculum of England (apart from Romanian). The lessons are taught in tutor groups in all of the subjects. In MFL students are split into three groups depending on the foreign language they study.

Assessment (baseline and formative)

Bassline assessment and attitude tests are carried out from Key Stage 1 students using CAT4 and PASS from GL Education provider. Regular formative assessment is carried out by class teachers with objectives and key skills tracked in Reading, Writing, Maths and Science. Summative assessment takes place throughout the year for all children in the form of end of topic tests/tasks. End of year assessment is carried out in English, Mathematics and Science through GL Education using the progressions tests. These offer a very good indication of the students level, give us (together with the bassline assessment) the opportunity to calculate the value added and compare our students against the UK national average.
In Key Stages 1 all students study the same subjects, with the exception of Modern Foreign Languages where students have an option of studying French, German or Spanish.

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