At Kingsbrook View Primary Academy, we intend for our children to leave our academy feeling as if they have found an area of the visual arts that is relevant and engaging to them – that might be through drawing, making, designing, or talking about art. We intend to provide pupils with a high-quality art curriculum, which develops creativity, sets challenges, engages and inspires children and equips them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.
To achieve this, it’s important that we create as many different kinds of opportunities as possible so that each child can find the thing which strikes a chord with them. That means covering lots of different disciplines, techniques, materials and approaches. In practice, that might mean one day a child is practicing observational drawing skills, another day they are working from their imagination making larger-scale images, and another day they are discussing as a class how the context in which art is presented can change its meaning. The richness and relevance of experience makes learning memorable and impactful.
We also expect children to be able to look at an image or a piece of art and to have an understanding of it, not just react to it. We equip them with the skills required to have an understanding of the language of art and design. This enables them to describe what they see in detail and to provide evidence for their observations.
We believe art is essential to inspire engagement, reflection, and aspiration. We firmly believe that it will provide them with the skills, concepts, and knowledge necessary to express responses to ideas and experiences. Our curriculum is expressly written to encourage creativity and imagination, whilst being challenging and ambitious for all. We draw on a wide range of stimuli and aspirational artists to broaden our pupils’ horizons and reflect the diverse community we serve.
Children build their confidence and ability to persevere when experimenting and making decisions about their ideas, their use of colour, texture, line, form, shape, space, pattern, and different materials and processes. Children are given meaningful opportunities to create through drawing, painting, and sculpture amongst other art, craft, and design skills. Sketchbooks are key to our vision for art, as they record the children’s experiences and imagination, helping them to develop their ideas and to show progression in their artistic ability. Our cross-curricular approach values art and embeds knowledge and the transfer of skills across a broad range of subjects.
Our children are allowed to understand how art and design reflect and shape our history and diversity whilst also contributing to our culture, creativity, and the wealth of our nation. Raising the level of cultural capital in our children improves their opportunities to succeed academically and engage in wider society. Through our Art curriculum at KVPA, we encourage children to aspire to a successful future in the knowledge that an educational or career path in the creative arts is open to all.
At Kingsbrook View Primary Academy, we provide a high-quality, aspirational computing education which will enable all children to embrace modern society and use new technology in a positive, safe and responsible way.
At KVPA our curriculum is coherently planned and sequenced which enables all children to deepen and challenge their learning. Our broad curriculum encompasses computer science, information technology and digital literacy. Children will develop a range of skills and knowledge enabling them to be flexible, creative and confident users, in the ever-changing world of technology.
Our curriculum builds, year on year, the children’s knowledge to allow them to effectively use information technology through word processing, video creation, digital art and animation. This will allow children to gather the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed.
Computer science within our curriculum enables all pupils to understand programming, computational thinking and computer networks. This increases children’s understanding of how technology will impact their lives and improving problem solving skills.
Teaching children the importance of online safety plays an integral role in preparing them for the world that they live in. At KVPA we want our children to become responsible citizens, showing respect and integrity when using technology in and out of the academy. We believe that the best prevention for many issues we currently see with technology/social media is through education and positive modelled behaviour.
“Computer science empowers students to create the world of tomorrow.” - Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft
At Kingsbrook View Primary Academy our Design and Technology (DT) curriculum has been designed to be inspiring, rigorous, and practical. The children at KVPA will use their creativity and imagination, to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.
All our children will acquire appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum through our rich experiences and engaging lessons. They will be inspired by engineers, designers, chefs and architects through the evaluation of the past and present design and technology. Children at KVPA will produce work of a high quality, which they are proud of and develop their resilience in problem solving skills as an individual and as a team member.
Our Design and Technology curriculum will prepare our children, to give them the opportunities, responsibilities, and experiences they need to be successful in later life.
“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” Steve Jobs, Co-founder of Apple Inc.
Children at Kingsbrook View Primary Academy will know that they are in a Geography lesson and as they progress through the Academy, their growing knowledge of Geography will deepen their understanding of their local community and the wider world. We know that before our children can understand the world around them, they need to understand their own personal and local geographical area. We recognise the importance and value of our children being about to talk about where they live and come to school and how this is constantly changing because the world is developing before their eyes.
From Early Years to Year 6, children will understand and celebrate the part of the world in which they live; the uniqueness of their locality and what makes it so special. Children will develop a broad understanding of how their local community sits within the country, the continent and the world. Children will learn how the world has developed and changed over time, not just physically but also how human interaction with the planet has altered its trajectory. Children will be curious and fascinated by the world they live in and will understand its beauty and what the world might look like in the future. Children will be able to think like geographers and question their world, look at, and understand, different environments and understand the impact both human and physical actions have on our planet.
Interwoven concepts and themes, such as change, locational knowledge, place knowledge and human and physical geography are progressively built to enable children to acquire a rich web of knowledge that feeds forward towards future learning. Links are made within and across units to support children in making connections and in developing a strong overview of the changing world around them. Each unit is taught through an enquiry question, in order to develop the skill of geographical enquiry. Children will be enabled to use sources of evidence, images and maps and have access to hands-on fieldwork experiences. A strong focus on topic specific vocabulary and terminology ensures children are enabled to articulate their learning with accuracy and fluency.
Children acquire subject knowledge and skills that they can apply in other areas of the curriculum and in later years. We provide cohesive links between Geography and History; therefore, Geography units are precursors that ‘lead into’ History units, so that our children have a secure understanding of place
Children at Kingsbrook View Primary Academy will know that they are in a History lesson, learning historical knowledge and skills. We know that before our children can understand the concept of ‘the past’ and events that have occurred beyond their own timeline, especially that of ancient History, they need to understand their own personal and local history.
From Early Years to Year 6, we want our children to understand and explain key events in modern history, especially ones that have shaped modern society, particularly in Britain. Children will understand how significant events in the past have shaped and made the present. Our children will have a secure sense of who we are, and why we are the way we are as a nation, as the curriculum is designed to bring history back to them, and to Britain, and make comparisons to their own modern life.
Interwoven concepts and themes, such as influence, achievement, society and change, are progressively built to enable children to acquire a rich web of knowledge that feeds forward towards future learning. Links are made within and across units to support children in making connectionsand in developing a strong overview of chronology, concepts and perspectives. Each unit is taught through an enquiry question, in order to develop the skill of historical enquiry, and has a focus on evidence and sources of information, so that children can analyse history and question the reliability of evidence. A strong focus on topic specific vocabulary and terminology ensures children are enabled to articulate their learning with accuracy and fluency.
Children acquire subject knowledge and skills that they can apply in other areas of the curriculum and in later years. History units are closely linked to our Geography curriculum, so that our children have a secure understanding of place and ‘where’ the historical event took place.
Learning for Life (Including Relationships and Health Education)
Learning for Life (Including Relationships and Health Education)
We feel that Learning for life is a crucial element in every child's education at the Kingsbrook View Primary Academy, which will enable them to be happy and proud citizens. Interwoven with our school ethos, our curriculum promotes personal development in a structured and developmentally appropriate way in order to give children the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to improve their life chances. Our objective is to help pupils to understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. The curriculum also helps pupils build a positive self-image in order to develop healthy relationships with others.
At Kingsbrook view we have adopted the ‘Jigsaw’ scheme of work. A well-structured and progressive scheme that is in line with government guidelines. It develops the “whole child” through a spiral curriculum. Our Teachers adapt this scheme in order to reflect the needs of their pupils. Half-termly units develop knowledge, skills and understanding in the areas of:
- Being Me in My World
- Celebrating Difference (including anti-bullying)
- Dreams and Goals
- Healthy Me
- Changing Me (including RSE)
Its cohesive vision helps children understand and value how they fit into and contribute to the world. With a strong emphasis on emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health, Jigsaw equips us to deliver engaging and relevant PSHE education. Jigsaw lessons also include mindfulness allowing children to advance their emotional awareness, concentration and focus. This encourages building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health.
RELATIONSHIPS AND HEALTH EDUCATION
The DfE released a statutory 'Relationships and Health Curriculum' in 2020. Shared across the academies in the Trust, our curriculum includes the statutory learning objectives from the Relationships and Health Education document by the DfE for Year 1-6.
In addition to the statutory curriculum, we have added content on personal safety (e.g. road safety) and economic education (e.g. the dangers of gambling) to ‘upgrade’ the curriculum from just Relationships and Health, to a full PSHE curriculum, in line with the recommendations of the PSHE Association. We have not included the non-statutory sex education material from the DfE at this stage, although this may be consulted on in the future for individual academies. This is the only part of the curriculum that has a ‘legal right to withdraw’ for parents, and so our current PSHE curriculum does not allow pupils to be withdrawn.
PSHE stands for Personal, Social, Health and Economic education, which cover the statutory curriculum and more. However, after consulting with parents we have stopped using PSHE as a term with the children and have changed it to 'Learning for Life', which is simpler to understand than a series of letters. So when you hear the children talking about 'Learning for Life' lessons, this is what they are referring to.
The Trust curriculum has due regard for the statutory Relationships and Health Curriculum and the Equality Act 2010.
Our curriculum has three key strands:
- Relationships- Family and Friends
- Living in the World- Being Safe
- Health and Wellbeing- Healthy Body and Mind
We will teach about Puberty in Year 4, in order to ensure that the vast majority of children will have this learning at an age-appropriate time before they start going through the changes themselves.
You can find our curriculum overview below, as well as our policy and a key text that we use, 'Usborne All About Families'
Protecting Children from Abuse
Part of the Relationships and Health curriculum is to ensure that children know how to recognise and report abuse. Therefore we teach the correct names for private parts. Please the curriculum overview above for details.
We also make use of the NSPCC Pants campaign and have our own resource- My Body, My Space.
Safeguarding and Child Protection
Please find further details regarding Safeguarding on our website by clicking the button below:
Mathematics is a skill that we use on a daily basis and is an essential part of everyday life. At Kingsbrook View Primary Academy, we provide a rich, high-quality, challenging and progressive mastery-based Mathematics curriculum, enabling all students to use reasoning and problem solving to encourage fluent, conceptual understanding in all areas. Using this approach, we endeavor that children develop an enjoyment and enthusiasm for Maths that will stay with them throughout their lives and empower them in the future.
Our curriculum is designed to ensure that pupils develop their declarative, procedural
and conditional knowledge.
1) declarative knowledge by teaching the mathematical facts, concepts and rules,
2) the procedural knowledge by ensuring pupils know how to perform the steps in a process,
3) the conditional knowledge by providing children with the ability to know when to use a procedure, skill or strategy.
We use a variety of interactive and engaging resources and internet programs for students to develop these skills, both within the Academy and at home.
The structure of our Mathematics education breaks down the National Curriculum
end of year objectives in to small steps. These are then divided in to units,
clearly showing progression in line with age related expectations. It allows children to
explore skills and knowledge in depth, to gain a secure understanding of each subject
area. Key knowledge and skills are revisited, allowing children to embed learning
through repetition. We use a concrete, pictoral, abstract approach which provides a clear structure to help develop understanding.
Talk for Maths is a key learning tool for all pupils that exposes our children to a vocabulary rich environment and develops the confidence of pupils to explain mathematically. We encourage resilient, ‘mistake friendly’ classrooms, where children see mistakes as learning tools. We aim to develop growth mindsets in every child and staff member - everyone can be a mathematician.
Modern Foreign Language
Modern Foreign Language
At Kingsbrook View Primary Academy we are proud to offer our pupils the opportunity to learn Spanish. Our children learn Spanish, the second most spoken language across the World, in an engaging and creative way.
The aims of the National curriculum are to ensure all children:
- understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
- speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of
communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
- can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
- discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.
We believe that a high-quality language education should foster children’s curiosity and deepen their understanding of the different cultures in the world. At KVPA we ensure the four key skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing are met by ensuring that teaching enables pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing.
"Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things." Flora Lewis
At Kingsbrook View Primary Academy we provide a high-quality, aspirational music education through a completely tailor-made curriculum designed with experienced and passionate music specialists in education – XYZ Primary.
Our music curriculum to accessible to all children, regardless of their musical ability. Our curriculum builds a level of fluency in music, which can have long term benefits for children when it comes to self-esteem, resilience and learning.
Through various teaching methods, expert classroom videos and teacher CPD videos, we develop a level of vulnerability in the subject for both children and staff, allowing for musical growth and growth in confidence.
The KVPA music curriculum is coherently planned and sequenced to enable children to deepen and challenge their learning. The curriculum builds each year, especially focussing on the children’s general musicianship skills. These skills cultivate a new mindset towards music, bringing a new level of joy to the subject.
A focus on their general musicianship skills, which features in each year group, then enables the children to tackle performance, transcription, composition and description of music.
Children are introduced to a variety of genres of music from around the world and across generations, recognising the multicultural nature of our school and how we use music as a medium to explore and appreciate British and other cultures.
At KVPA, our music curriculum develops transferrable skills which are key in development as learners and have a wider application such as team-working, leadership, creative thinking, decision-making and performance skills.
Our curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils perform, listen to, review and evaluate music; being taught to sing, create and compose music.
At Kingsbrook View Primary School we passionately believe that a high-quality English curriculum should develop pupils love of reading, writing and discussion. In English lessons and across the wider curriculum, reading is key and we use exciting and relevant texts in a range of genres to enrich children’s learning. It is the aim of every teacher at Kingsbrook View Primary Academy to ensure that their class develop a love of reading, writing and responding to texts, whilst raising standards for every pupil. We believe reading is an essential tool needed to access the rest of the curriculum and we prioritise embedding these skills in to all our pupils. Above all else, we want to foster a love of reading at Kingsbrook View Primary Academy. We endeavor to expose the pupils to a wide variety of rich, vibrant, engaging and inspiring texts. The children will not only use high quality text in their lessons but also have a class story shared with them every day. In Foundation Stage and Year 1 there is colourful inviting reading corner, where children have the chance to explore books independently. In Y2-Y6 classrooms the children have access to an inspiration station to promote children to ask questions, explore, and investigate topics of interest. We also have a large well stocked library, where all children in the Academy visit every week. Children are able to take books home, that is of a personal interest to them, from our libraries, and share these with their family.
Therefore, we want to develop increasingly competent, confident readers who enjoy reading and progress quickly. This includes, but is not exclusively about, having met the Phonic Screening Check Standard in Year 1. We want learners to have truly secured their phonics to ensure their fluency in decoding and prevent barriers to reading and writing as they move through our school and the rest of their life-long learning journey.
To ensure fidelity, we follow ‘Essential Letters and Sounds’ to teach Phonics and early reading, with a clear progression of phonic knowledge and application. In these early stages of reading, books are carefully matched to a child’s phonic knowledge in line with Essential Letters and Sounds and the Oxford Owl reading scheme. The program foundations begin in the first week of our Foundation Stage and continue though KS1, to support children to develop their reading skills, until they have gained the necessary skills to read fluently a wide range of texts.
At the end of Year 1, children will take the phonics screening check (PSC), which is a government requirement. Those who do not meet the expected level are re-entered at the end of Year 2.
Phonics guidance for parents
Trust guidance video - pronouncing the phonics sounds correctly
It is really important that we are saying the sounds correctly when we are supporting children with their reading
Trust guidance video - teaching early spelling
Wycombe and Marlow Teaching School Alliance Phonics Teaching Videos:
- Spelling cvc words (like cat)
- Reading small words with x (like box)
- Spelling small words with x (like fox)
- Reading sh words (like ship)
- Spelling sh words (like shop)
- Reading th words
- Spelling qu words (like (quit)
- Reading oo words (like boot)
- Spelling ee words (like free)
- Reading ai words (like rain)
- Reading igh words (like fight)
- Spelling oa words (like boat)
- Reading ar words (like car)
- Reading words with 4 sounds (like plum)
- Reading split vowel a_e words (like game)
- Reading split vowel i words (like bike)
At Kingsbrook View Primary Academy, we recognise that physical activity and sport are essential parts of a child’s everyday life and are a key factor in their future well-being. We want every child to find enjoyment in physical activity and aim to provide them with a wide range of opportunities so that they can discover the right kind of activity for themselves and experience the benefits that an active lifestyle can provide. We aim to present them with opportunities to compete against themselves and others, work in partnerships and teams, build self-confidence and perseverance and the real sense of achievement that this particular aspect of a child’s education can provide. A key part of this will be to engage their enthusiasm and provide them with the necessary skills and experiences in order for them to be in the best position possible to further engage in physical activity and sporting opportunities as their educational and life journey continues beyond this establishment. Our aim is to prepare and support pupils towards healthy and active lifestyle choices for their future mental and physical well-being.
A key part of our aim is to provide the children with a broad and balanced curriculum within physical education and to provide the opportunities for the children to play in festivals and compete over a wide range of events. In doing so, we aim to teach the children to follow the conventions of fair play.
The aims of Physical Education (PE) at our school are that all children:
- adopt an active lifestyle and understand the benefits it provides
- develop a range of sporting skills across the national curriculum, including swimming
- are physically active for sustained periods of time
- engage in a range of competitive sports and activities
- lead healthy, active lives
- understand the importance and effect of exercise and being healthy
- develop a sense of fair play and a sporting attitude
- enjoy sporting activities and have fun, developing resilience and perseverance
Why do we teach reading?
At Kingsbrook View Primary Academy, we LOVE reading. We believe passionately that all children should be taught the necessary skills to enable them to read easily, fluently and with good understanding. Our goal is for all children to develop the habit of reading widely and often for both pleasure and information. We teach reading (word recognition and language comprehension) in a range of agreed ways using whole school resources. For those children who are finding reading difficult we provide extra support and alternative approaches to support them in becoming more effective readers.
At Kingsbrook View Primary Academy, reading is an integral part of our learning. Throughout the academy, we strive to promote children’s enjoyment for reading but also instil the importance of reading as a life skill.
Our reading aims are:
- To develop positive attitudes towards reading so that it is a pleasurable and meaningful activity
- To use reading as a tool to develop natural curiosity
- To read and respond to a variety of texts whilst gaining increased level of fluency, accuracy, independence and understanding
- To use and apply reading skills in a range of contexts, across the curriculum
- To expose pupils to a wealth of texts, both fiction and non-fiction, that reflect different styles, cultures, authors and backgrounds
- To extend our reading ability by making appropriate and challenging reading choices
- Children will have a broad reading experience during their time at KVPA.
- Taught reading lessons
- Regular reading with an adult and regular independent reading
- Teachers and teaching assistants monitor reading habits and book choices and discuss progress with individual pupils and parents on a regular basis
- Tailored and targeted intervention programmes for identified pupils who may be at risk of falling behind
- Sharing of whole-class texts and stories
- Parents are encouraged to read with their children at home
- Sharing of stories in assemblies
- Applying reading across the curriculum
- Having dedicated library time and choosing library books
- Being encouraged to share and talk about books pupils have read
- Exploring and analysing texts and making inferences
- Answering higher order questions about books that been read
- Identifying new vocabulary and using dictionaries to help them discover meanings
Reading in partnership is an enjoyable, powerful and enriching experience. We ask that parents read with their children at least 5 times a week. 10 minutes of adult/child reading per day is proven to significantly enhance children’s reading skills and therefore enhance their life chances in accessing academic success. All reading should be recorded in children’s Reading Records (Foundation Stage and Year 1) or Reading Journals (Year 2 and upwards).
We use books and texts from Oxford Reading Tree to support children's reading development in Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
At Kingsbrook View, we believe that all of our students are individual and unique and this should be celebrated. Our RE curriculum is designed to engage and enthuse learners, subjecting them to a wealth of knowledge and experiences to embrace the world around them, where there are a multitude of viewpoints and beliefs. We encourage children to make their own informed decisions, to ask questions and to have the confidence to voice their views. It is an inclusive subject to empower all pupils, whatever their family background and personal beliefs and practices.
Using the Buckinghamshire Agreed Syllabus as a guide, we have developed a curriculum that deepens pupils’ understanding of world faiths and non-religious world views. We use the identify/explore/contextualise/reflect approach, teaching students to draw on their own experiences and beliefs, and to make comparisons to the beliefs of others. We aim to nurture pupils’ awareness of diversity and encourage them to respect everyone as individuals.
By using enquiry questions as a subject focus, children are encouraged to research, ask challenging and thought-provoking questions and reflect in a safe environment. We aim to teach students to explore commonality and diversity, understanding that we are a common humanity but we can share our views with an understanding and respect of others. Our intent is to develop resilient responses to misunderstandings, stereotyping and division. We aim to nurture Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development by discussing subjects such as meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, issues of morality and what it means to be human. This approach to SMSC and British values enables our children to be prepared for future life.
Our intent is to provide our children with religious literacy and resources where they will develop their knowledge and understanding of Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism, as well as other world religions and non-religious world views. This gives our pupils the knowledge and skills to flourish both within their own community and as members of a diverse and global society.
At Kingsbrook View Academy we will provide a high-quality Science education with meaningful, memorable learning experiences to prepare our children for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world.
We believe in the power of awe and wonder to create opportunities for sustained engagement and therefore we aim in Science to create awe-inspiring experiences which will support the children learning and create memories. We will create engaging and stimulating science lessons that nurture children’s natural curiosity, throughout our science curriculum so our children will acquire and develop the key knowledge within each unit.
Working Scientifically skills are built on and developed across each year group. Applying their knowledge to practical lessons will involve using equipment, explaining concept and supporting ideas with evidence using either previous experiences, scientific knowledge or observational skills.
What does Writing look like at KVPA?
At Kingsbrook View Primary Academy, we intend for our children to leave as confident, capable and independent writers, who not only understand the purpose and importance of writing but also enjoy the writing process. We want all children to be able to confidently communicate their knowledge, ideas and emotions through their writing and reach their full potential.
Our aims are to:
- Guide and nurture each individual on their own personal journeys to becoming successful writers.
- Ensure all children acquire a wide, rich vocabulary and are able to spell new words by effectively applying their phonetical knowledge.
- Ensure all children have a solid understanding of grammar and can apply it successfully to their writing.
- Enable all children to write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of purposes and audiences.
- Encourage all children to take pride in the presentation of their writing, in part by developing a legible, cursive handwriting style by the time they move to secondary school.
- Provide a progressive curriculum that builds upon previous teaching, with regular assessment to ensure each child’s needs are met to reach their full potential.
At KVPA, we recognise that Writing has an important place in education and in society. It is an essential skill and the ability to write with confidence and accuracy is a tool which will support a child through life. It is our intent that our children understand the social functions of writing in order to write for a variety of purposes with success, considering their audience carefully and the impact of their writing. Our aim is to provide inclusive and aspirational environments and learning experiences where pupils thrive and build the cultural capital they need to make aspirational choices about their own futures, overcoming any barriers. Furthermore, it is our intent that every child develops a progressive understanding of grammatical conventions, the way in which punctuation aids understanding and how to apply spelling rules. It is also our intent that all children have a joined, legible and increasingly efficient handwriting style. Through our teaching of writing, we intend to impart pupils with the knowledge, understanding and skills they need in order to reach their potential as individuals