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Curriculum

At Hatfield Academy we believe in delivering a school curriculum based on knowledge, skills and application. We aim to build lifelong learners who will be successful at school and make a positive contribution to the society in which we live.

Our curriculum is subject based rather than themed. This ensures all our children have targets for each subject area in school and supports teachers in their understanding of what children should know and understand. Our children have specific learning goals in each subject area. These are shared with parents and carers in order to foster a shared commitment to helping all students achieve their full potential.

Our curriculum has its foundations in the UK National Curriculum and has been specifically designed so that its content is cumulative, allowing children to build on what they have previously learned. Links are frequently made across the curriculum so that children develop a rich and varied body of knowledge that forms a firm foundation for their future education.

Whilst we recognise the importance of subject specific knowledge, we also understand the value of meaningful cross curricular links, where children make connections between subjects. To support this, all our KS2 children take part in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) afternoon each week. The Academy is based in Sheffield where our largest growth sector is the STEM economy. We want all our children to be able to talk about the future jobs market and understand the world of work.

Key Stage 1

Children in KS1 have discrete phonics lessons taught each day, based on Letters and Sounds. These lessons will develop into spelling as children become proficient in their phonics knowledge and application. Handwriting based on the Sheffield Structured Materials will be taught regularly to ensure all the pupils have a firm foundation for KS2. We place great value in reading at our academy and, to this end, all KS1 children have a reading book and record.

Children in KS1 are taught STEM, Science, Geography, History, Physical Education, Dance, Music and Spanish as a Modern Foreign Language, as well as Maths and English.

We aim to give our all our students a broad and balanced curriculum which support the transition to the next stage of learning.

Key Stage 2

Children in KS2 continue to develop their curriculum knowledge in STEM, Science, Geography, History, Physical Education, Dance, Music, Spanish as a Modern Foreign Language and Global Citizenship as well as Maths and English.

 

Our curriculum is also enhanced in the following ways:

       Academic      Cultural Character Building
  • Booster sessions will ensure targeted support for pupils
  • External speakers will give real meaning to the subjects covered in the curriculum, to ensure they can be related to the real world
  • 1 to 1 tutoring will enable students to have catch up sessions in order to stay on track in different subjects
  • Suspended timetable days with a specific focus will ensure core subjects initially, are covered in depth
  • Entry to academic competitions will enhance student drive and thinking outside the box
  • Global school links enable pupils to reach further than the four walls of a classroom
  • Educational visits will ensure our pupils’ learning culture will be stretched to their full potential
  • Field trips will ensure our pupils are aware of the cultural diversity of our wide community
  • Whole School extracurricular programmes
  • Pupil Leadership
  • Family Learning
  • Encourage fundraising and charity support to install ‘real purpose’ in the work the children carry out

 

Our curriculum policy can be downloaded here .

 

Thank you to the employers who have supported us with STEM this year