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Kings Heath Primary Academy

Everything we do is based on the highest expectations of the children, staff and the parents - as well as behaviour, commitment and endeavour.

Curriculum

At Kings Heath Primary Academy we offer a carefully sequenced, knowledge-rich curriculum which is broad and balanced, yet ambitious in its end points for all pupils.  KHPA’s curriculum is designed with our pupils needs at the core and from carefully considered curriculum research and our own knowledge of how our pupils learn, we have developed a knowledge-rich curriculum  The content is carefully sequenced to ensure that it is cohesive and progressive in nature from the Early Years through to Year 6. This accumulation of knowledge enables children to build firm foundations from which they can develop deeper conceptual understanding and subject-specific knowledge and skills.

Learning builds upon learning; children and adults gain new knowledge only by building upon what they already know. We are aiming for our children to master the curriculum; we want them to be able to use, apply and reason with their knowledge. “Learning with character” gives our children the balance of personal and academic achievement. This coupled with the belief that everyone has the potential to excel allows children to thrive and encourages cultural capital. These character traits are at the very heart of the school and permeate all school activity, including the curriculum. Our curriculum content is engaging, fosters an increasing appreciation for subject content specific to each discipline and plants the seeds for a lifetime of learning.

Our curriculum prepares our children for life beyond primary school and promotes our core values of ambition, aspiration, respect and courage. It ensures they have transferable skills such as the ability to communicate effectively, think critically, have a broad subject knowledge base and understand the importance of citizenship and their place in the wider community.  The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the new National Curriculum and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school. 

Our knowledge-rich curriculum is complementary to our English curriculum, with reading central to each programme of study, enabling children to build knowledge and acquire new vocabulary. The vocabulary content for each unit is deliberately ambitious and has been planned with the purpose of addressing the ‘deficit word gap’ for children who enter school with a limited vocabulary.  This is enhanced by effective partner talk which is a key feature of all lessons.

Our curriculum is inclusive; it allows all children to overcome inequality of opportunity and promotes aspirational outcomes for all learners.

By adopting this whole-school approach to teaching and learning across our school, we aim:

  •  To enable children to deepen their understanding of age-related subject content·         
  • To give children the knowledge and skills they require to become effective lifelong learners in modern Britain and the wider world·         
  • To provide an inclusive education where every child is capable of anything·         
  • To support teachers in delivering high quality lessons which allow all children to succeed·         
  • To deliver an engaging and thought provoking curriculum which promotes children’s wellbeing and involvement in all subject areas·         
  • To learn from each other, through the adoption of a collaborative approach to teaching and learning

The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.

For further information about the curriculum followed at Kings Heath Primary Academy or if you wish to visit us and see the curriculum being enacted, please contact us.

Gifted and Talented Poster DRET

Curriculum Overview knowledge-based curriculum

At Kings Heath Primary Academy we offer a curriculum which is broad and balanced and which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points, as they progress through each Key Stage. The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the new National Curriculum and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school. 

The aim of our knowledge-based curriculum is for pupils to have the requisite knowledge, skills and wider understanding to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for their next stage of education. Within this curriculum the pupils will develop their learning of key facts, important events and will develop their understanding of the world around us. 

The curriculum content has been carefully chosen by our own subject experts and is organised in a coherent way, ensuring children can build on their knowledge from year to year. In this way, the knowledge in the curriculum is cumulative, constructing firm foundations and schema from which children can progress and develop deeper conceptual understanding and subject-specific knowledge and skills over time.


Curriculum coherence ensures that teaching does not jump from topic to topic, but enables children to develop knowledge over time, as well as a love of subjects. Subject content is crucial to this approach- the rich content of the curriculum inspires children and plants the seeds for a lifetime of learning.
Lessons are taught with talk and thinking critically at the heart. Children are encouraged to learn in a variety of ways. 

Subject Leadership at KHPA

All the areas of the curriculum are looked after by different subject leaders within the school. Each subject has an individual action plan and impact plan to drive improvements. To ensure a balanced and reflective team, our school is split into four key areas:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Maths
  • Curriculum 

 All subject leaders are trained to lead their subjects from EYFS – Y6.  As a result they are trained to apply the EYFS Framework 2021 and Development Matters.

Reading

Here at Kings Heath Primary Academy we are committed to ensuring that all children learn to read as a key life skill and become lifelong readers.  Reading is prioritised on our timetable as we recognise this as a gateway to all learning.

As a Read Write Inc. school, we use this recommended synthetic phonics scheme as our approach to teaching early reading, which begins from every pupil’s first day in school. 

Alongside our phonics approach, reading is celebrated daily through class story and novel study sessions and taught through our Talk for Reading programme, where children’s understanding and comprehension is developed through high-quality teaching based on Rosenshine’s Principles. It is fully inclusive with a movement from imitation through to investigation and then independent application.  This love of reading is promoted through high-quality texts from a variety of authors.

All children at Kings Heath have a reading book, appropriate to their reading ability, and a reading for pleasure book taken from a wide selection of books, including those recommended by DRET Reads.  Early Years and Key Stage 1 pupil’s reading books are phonetically decodable and link to the Read Write Inc. scheme the pupils are working at.  As pupils move off the phonics programme they take home an Accelerated Reader text of their choice, which is matched to their level of comprehension and reading speed alongside a book of their own choosing.  We expect the children to read at least 3 times per week at home and this is celebrated back in school and monitored through our online reading log, which allows pupils and their families to record their independent reading via a QR code.

By the end of Key Stage 2 we expect children to be competent and confident readers who can read a wide range of texts and show an understanding through proficient comprehension skills.

Early Years and Key Stage 1

Nursery

Reception

Year 1

Year 2

Children explore a range of texts throughout their time within their year groups

Plants

Animals

Adventurers

My Author – Dahl

Family

Worries

Key Stage 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Unity

Machines

Environment

Bugs

Enchanted Spaces

The Deep Blue

Mountains

Wonderland

Felines

Astronomy

Beetle Boy

Journeys

 

Into the Forest

Diversity

Love

Endurance

Supernatural

Strength of Character

Devastated Landscapes

Survival

WW2

Mechanics

Freedom

Identity

Kings Heath Primary Academy's above curriculum is underpinned by the below research carried out by the Education Endowment Foundation.

eef ks2 lit 2nd recommendations poster.pdf

 

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Writing

We believe that knowledge, understanding and the successful application of the English language is a fundamental life skill; it develops children’s ability to communicate their experiences, desires and knowledge effectively and successfully. Throughout our school, we aim to nurture and develop independent writers through purposeful, engaging and developmental lessons which link to our rich and stimulating creative curriculum work.

During our Talk for Writing lessons, we support our children to express themselves creatively and imaginatively, as they become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama; as well as non-fiction and media texts. Our children also gain an understanding of how language works by looking at its patterns, structures and origins and use their knowledge, skills and understanding across a range of different situations. The daily talk for writing lessons are linked to the current national curriculum objectives. The units of work begin with a cold write which is an independent piece of writing to assess previous understanding and knowledge. The children then repeat this task at the end of the unit as a hot write. This showcases the progress and learning that have taken place across the unit.

 

Early Years and Key Stage 1

      Nursery  & Reception

    Year 1

Year 2

Cumulative tales

 

Journey tales

 

 

 

Cumulative tale

Defeating the monster tale

Recount

Journey tale

Information text

Persuasion

Defeating the monster tale

Recount

Journey tale

Information text

Adventure story

Instructional text

Warning tale

Key Stage 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Warning tale

Recount

Transformational tale

Information text

Losing tale

Explanation text

Defeating the monster

Warning tale

Portal story

Journey tale

Instructional text

Explanation text

Suspense tale

Persuasion

Defeating the monster

Journey tale

Instructional text

Suspense tale

Discursive text

Biography

Story with a flashback

Warning tale

Recount

Journey tale

Suspense tale

Discursive text

Report (Year 6)

Meeting tale (Year 6)

Spelling

We know at KHPA that teaching spelling is important because it helps children cement their understanding of printed words. Encoding or writing words, relies on the same underlying skills as decoding, or reading print. Children generally learn to read a word before they can spell it. Spelling is also important for these reasons: communication, literacy and employment and at KHPA we strive to ensure our children have the skills needed in later life.

By the end of year 1, pupils should be able to read a large number of different words containing the GPCs that they have learnt, whether or not they have seen these words before. Once pupils have learnt more than one way of spelling particular sounds, choosing the right letter or letters depends on their either having made a conscious effort to learn the words or having absorbed them less consciously through their reading. Younger pupils have not had enough time to learn or absorb the accurate spelling of all the words that they may want to write.

At KHPA, phonic knowledge continues to underpin spelling after key stage 1 this is achieved through our delivery of Read Write Inc. spelling; teachers still draw pupils’ attention to GPCs that do and do not fit in with what has been taught so far. Increasingly, however, pupils also develop their understanding the role of morphology and etymology.

There are five main components for teaching spelling effectively: understanding the principles underpinning word construction (phonemic, morphemic and etymological); recognising how (and how far) these principles apply to each word, in order to learn to spell words; practising and assessing spelling; applying spelling strategies and proofreading; building pupils’ self-images as spellers.

The teaching of spelling at KHPA gradually builds pupils’ spelling vocabulary by introducing patterns or conventions and continually practising those already introduced. These are developed through short, daily focused sessions, which are more enjoyable and effective than an occasional skills session. Daily practice ensures that spelling rules are regularly reinforced and revised, enabling our pupils to become confident and knowledgeable spellers. This reinforcement is particularly important if pupils’ knowledge is to be transferred to their independent writing.

Spelling strategies, linked to phonic knowledge, are taught explicitly and applied to high-frequency words, cross-curricular words and individual pupils’ words.  In addition, proofreading is a skill which is taught during shared and guided writing sessions.

Kings Heath follow the Read Write Inc spelling programme to ensure that our children become competent and confident spellers building on prior knowledge of spelling rules. We also encourage and teach cursive handwriting.

Oracy

At KHPA, we know that oracy is our ability to communicate effectively using spoken language. It is the ability to speak eloquently, articulate ideas and thoughts, influence through talking, listen to others and have the confidence to express your views. We know it is an essential life skill which we need to support all pupils to develop. and oracy matters because it improves educational outcomes, underpins literacy and vocabulary acquisition, supports well-being and confidence, enables young people to have access to employment and thrive in life beyond school. Oracy is also a route to social mobility which will empower all pupils to find their own voice to succeed in school and life and become effective listeners and speakers. Our pupils are empowered, through oracy, to help better understand themselves and the wider world around them.

In all lessons, pupils develop and deepen their understanding of a subject through talk in the classroom, which has been specifically planned, designed, facilitated, modelled, scaffolded, and structured to enable them to learn the skills needed to talk effectively. Our pupils’ involvement in the wider curriculum also enables them to become confident, articulate speakers able to express their own opinions with conviction.

Drama

At KHPA, drama is not explicitly taught, instead it is used as a tool for learning within different aspects of the curriculum across all subjects. We have found at KHPA that it can provide children with a meaningful purpose for writing, allows all children to access the learning and further develops our children’s oracy skills. Through a range of drama strategies such as hot seating, conscience alley, freeze frames, role play and roll on the wall our children are able to think deeper about a character or situation and allows for deeper questioning and further develops the children’s understanding. It develops literacy skills-supporting speaking and listening, extending vocabulary and encouraging children to understand and express different points of view.

Handwriting

Consistency is key. At Kings Heath Primary Academy we firmly believe that it is crucial that all members of staff model the handwriting expectations (semi-cursive). Work on whiteboards and flip charts will match the expectations that set for the children as appropriate to the year group taught (see above progression document - attached).

During the delivery of handwriting at Kings Heath Primary Academy, pupils taught using different methods. These can include but are not limited to: rhymes to help them remember letter formation; teacher modelling and demonstration; independent practice and application and peer and self-assessment.

Children at Kings Heath Primary Academy are given the skills and resources they need to allow them to reach their full potential. This includes ensuring all children have the correct resources (either a sharp pencil or a pen); the correct seated position; pencil grip and book orientation.

Kings Heath Primary Academy's above curriculum is underpinned by the below research carried out by the Education Endowment Foundation.

eef ks2 lit 2nd recommendations poster.pdf

 

Maths

The teaching of maths is planned carefully to meet the needs of every child at Kings Heath Primary School. Effective Maths is used to support children to progress quickly and develop a mastery understanding of mathematical process.

Effective Maths is a mastery approach to the teaching of mathematics. It is a comprehensive framework for ensuring high quality maths teaching. Lessons are designed carefully to incorporate the below elements:

  • mastery
  • procedural and conceptual understanding
  • variation
  • mathematical patterns, relationships and connections

Planning is based on the new national curriculum standards and used to facilitate high quality teaching and learning. Every child at Kings Heath has daily timetables practice and regular maths homework.

Furthermore, where possible, we believe that maths should be taught in context. We particularly value the importance of children understanding the reason why their mathematical learning will be relevant to them in the real world and demonstrate a clear purpose for learning mathematical skills.

EYFS

KS1

KS2

Number

Pattern and Spatial relationships

Number

Number

Pattern and Spatial relationships

Number

Number

Pattern and Spatial relationships

Transition

Transition unit (Y1 only)

Place Value U1

Addition and subtraction U1

Multiplication and Division (Y2 only)

Time

Fractions

Geometry

Money

Place Value U2

Addition and subtraction U2

Multiplication and Division (Y2 only) U2

Fractions U2

Place Value U3

Calculation

Money U2

Length

Mass and volume

Patterns and relationships

 

Place Value U1

Addition and subtraction U1

Multiplication and division U1

Time

Fractions U1

Multiplication and division U2

Percentages (Y5/Y6 only)

Geometry

Money and decimals

Place value U2

Addition and subtraction U2

Multiplication and Division U3 Ratio

Algebra

Fractions U2

Statistics

Place value U3

Calculation

Money and decimals U2

Length

Mass and volume

Patterns and relationships

Kings Heath Primary Academy's above curriculum is underpinned by the below research carried out by the Education Endowment Foundation.

eef eyfs and ks1 maths.pdf

 

eef ks2 maths.pdf

 

Science

Science plays a central role within the curriculum at Kings Heath Primary Academy and is fundamental to our wider trust mission of creating aspirational and knowledge-rich pupils. Pupils are encouraged to be curious, ask questions about what they observe and will be helped to understand scientific ideas and phenomena by using different types of enquiry to answer their own questions.

Our Science Curriculum is sequenced coherently so useful knowledge and skills builds through the three distinct disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. As a result of the accumulation of essential knowledge and skills pupils’ science capital and scientific understanding will be substantial and provide a secure foundation that will enable them to succeed in the next stage of their education.

The Kings Heath Primary Science curriculum aims to ensure that all children:

  • Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • Develop understanding of the nature process and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.
  • Are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science today and for the future.

Early Years and Key Stage 1

Nursery

Reception

Year 1

Year 2

All about me

Our planet

Seasons

Animals

Materials

Growing

Seasons

Astronomy: Our Planet and Beyond

My body

Plants: Growing

Living things and their habitats

Materials

Seasons and the Weather

Astronomy

Animals including humans

Materials

Plants and Growth

Living things and their habitats

Plants and Growth

Animals and being alive

The Human Body and Staying Healthy

Electricity

Living things and their habitats

Materials

Key Stage 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Forces and Magnets

Simple Machines

The Human Body

Living things and their habitats

Plants

States of Matter – The Water Cycle

The Human Body: Muscles and Skeletons

Sound

States of Matter

Astronomy

Light

Living things and their habitats

The Human Body – The Heart

Rocks and Soils

Electricity

Light

Evolution and Inheritance

Environmental Science

Chemistry – Changing States of Matter

Forces

Life Cycles – Human

Life Cycles – Others

The Human Body

Classification

We are proud to announce that we achieved the Science Quality Mark Guilt in September 2021.

 

Our school is also working with the Ogden Trust in a School Partnership. For more information please click here.

Our Science Lead is also completing the Science Lead Primary Science Capital Course.

 

Geography

 

So that pupils at Kings Heath Primary Academy can become inquisitive geographers, our Geography Curriculum is sequenced coherently so useful knowledge builds through distinct strands; Locational Knowledge, Human and Physical Geography, Fieldwork, Map Skills and Compass Skills. These strands are in constant interplay and are synthesised together within geography lessons. This geographical knowledge is presented by pupils through geographical enquiry, interpretation and communication. We have clear frameworks and a high-quality approach to learning which results in pupils’ accumulation of essential knowledge. Throughout the school, pupils’ learning includes curiosity provoking ideas such as how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time. This understanding of the world in a physical sense, in combination with an awareness of societies, cultures and environmental issues around the world, enables pupils at KHPA to become true global citizens.

Early Years and Key Stage 1

Nursery

Reception

Year 1

Year 2

Houses

Land and Sea

Homes

Different Places

Our School

Where I live

Where I live

UK

UK

London

Weather and Seasons

North and South America

Antarctica

Africa

The River Nile

Farming

Key Stage 2 

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

UK – Wales Study

The Yellow River

Seven Wonders of the World

Agricultural Study

London as a multicultural city

Coastal Processes

Mountain Ranges

Volcanoes

Globalization

Trade and Sharing Resources

Use of natural resources

Climate

Tropical Rainforests

Agriculture - Fairtrade

Arctic

Antarctica

Cities and Rivers

Oceans in Depth

Tropical Rainforests

Brazil’s Population

Tectonic Hazards

Climate Change

Comparative Study

Local Field Study

 

We are proud to announce that we achieved the Primary Geography Quality Mark in September 2021

The Geography Quality Marks are prestigious awards which recognise and promote quality and progress in geography leadership, curriculum development and learning and teaching in schools. 

Geography Quality Mark

We are also pround to announce that we achieved the FairAware School achievement in March 2023

FairAward Award

History

History plays a central role within the curriculum at KHPA and is fundamental to our wider trust mission of creating aspirational and knowledge-rich pupils. Pupils will secure a significant historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts and understand connections between local, regional, national and international history. Our History Curriculum is sequenced coherently so useful knowledge builds through six unifying themes: humans and the environment, cultural develops and interactions, governance, economic systems, system interaction and organisation and technology and innovation.  As a result of the accumulation of essential knowledge pupils’ substantive knowledge and historical disciplinary skills are substantial and will provide a secure foundation that will enable them to succeed in the next stage of their education.

 The KHPA History curriculum aims to ensure that all children:

  • Gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world which helps to stimulate children’s curiosity to know more about the past.
  • Learn how to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.
  • Begin to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.

 Early Years and Key Stage 1

Nursery

Reception

Year 1

Year 2

My History

Dinosaurs

Important People

My History

Dinosaurs

Important People

10 Downing Street

Stories from History

Our Community

Significant People

Significant people

The Stone Age

The Neolithic Era

Ancient Egypt

*22/23 Please note that the order of the EYFS topics have been switched around so that the correct topic falls at the same time as the Kings Coronation 

Key Stage 2 

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Cradles of civilisation

 The Shang Dynasty

Ancient Greece

 

Ancient Rome

Romans in Britain

The Byzantine Empire

Islamic Civilisations

 

Early Civilisations in the Americas

Anglo Saxons

Early Christianity in Britain

Vikings

Norse Culture

 

Migration through Time

20th Century Migration

World War Two

Civil Rights

Civil and Political Rights

 

We are proud to announce that we achieved the Historical Association Gold Quality Mark in March 2022

 

The Historical Association Quality Mark  is an award that recognises the excellence of history provision in a school. The Quality Mark assess and values the history provision of the teacher, their department and the school and what is being offered to young people.

The Quality Mark provides a framework for success in which to develop an outstanding provision of history for a school. There is a regulated programme for a school working to achieve the Quality mark to follow, with a clear assessment procedure delivered by independent Historical Association appointed assessors. For more information please visit: Historical Association Quality Mark

 PSHE

At Kings Heath Primary Academy, we value PSHE as one way to support children’s development as human beings, to enable them to understand and respect who they are, to empower them with a voice and to equip them for life and learning. We teach Personal, Social, Health Education as a whole-school approach to underpin children’s development as people and because we believe that this also supports their learning capacity.

The Jigsaw Programme forms the foundation of our PSHE curriculum. This offers us a comprehensive, carefully thought-through Scheme of Work which brings consistency and progression to our children’s learning in this vital curriculum area. We cover relationship education, health education and sex education, which ensures that both boys and girls are prepared for the changes that adolescence brings.

In addition, we host events throughout the year to enrich their knowledge and experience with regards to PSHE, including ‘Health and Happiness Week’, the ‘Junior Warden’ scheme, the ‘Roots of Empathy’ programme ‘GYM – Guiding Young Minds’ and ‘Appreciation Week’.

As part of our daily routines, children develop their physical, mental, social and emotional wellbeing through ‘Meditation Mondays’, ‘Talking Tuesdays and Thursdays’, ‘Wellbeing Wednesdays’ and ‘Fabulous Fridays – during which singing assembly takes place. This ensures that KHPA maintains a culture that provide holistic development for our pupils to take forward with them through life.

We also cover contextual-safeguarding through ‘Tutor Time Talks’, covering topics such as consent and online safety to that children are fully equipped with the knowledge, skills and awareness necessary to stay safe.

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Being Me in my World:

This puzzles includes understanding my place in the class, school and global community as well as devising Learning Charters.

Celebrating Differences:

This puzzle includes anti-bullying (cyber and homophobic bullying included) and diversity work.

Dreams and Goals:

This puzzle includes goal-setting, aspirations for yourself and the world and working together.

Healthy Me:

This puzzle includes drugs and alcohol education, self-esteem and confidence as well as healthy lifestyle choices.

Relationships:

This puzzle includes understanding friendship, family and other relationships, conflict resolution and communication skills.

Changing Me:

This puzzle includes sex and relationships education in the context of coping positively with change. (includes age-appropriate sex education)

In June 2021, the school achieved the Inclusion Quality Mark and the Centre of Excellence! 

Inclusion Quality Mark provides schools with a nationally recognised framework to guide their inclusion journey. The IQM team help schools evaluate and measure how they are performing; empowering them to improve and grow. And when they’re successful, we recognise their achievement through a system of highly valued awards that provide external validation of their inclusive status. 

All of us at Kings Heath Primary Academy are beyond proud to have secured this recognition, especially as there are only 240 IQM Centres of Excellence nationwide across both primary and secondary school which equates to approximately 32,000 schools.  To have secured this prestigious accolade during such a turbulent time in education, is a true testament to the dedication and commitment, of all staff at KHPA. 

Check out the Chronicle and Echo news article about the achievement here

Inclusion Quality Mark

Improving social and emotional learning at Kings Heath Primary Academy is underpinned by the research recommendations from the Education Endowment Foundation, see below.

pshe edf.pdf

 

 Music

At Kings Heath Primary, music and performance is central to what we do. Through our outstanding music curriculum that includes award-winning resources from the Voices Foundation, early years pupils develop an affinity to sound and voice. This starts with exploring core musical elements like pitch, pulse and rhythm and as they journey through school develops into an acute sense and understanding of sound, composition and performance. This is showcased through Kings Heath Voices, the school choir, made up of a range of talented pupils from across the school who regularly perform to the school and the wider public.

 The Kings Heath Primary Academy Music curriculum aims to ensure that all children:

  • Sing with a wide range and with a variety of expression
  • Sing confidently in parts
  • Read staff notation
  • Experience playing an orchestral instrument in a class ensemble (and to be given the opportunity to continue learning the instrument in smaller groups/one-to-one)
  • Hear a youth or professional orchestra live
  • Hear a youth, church or professional choir live

We teach music through three strands. Through our Daily Music sessions, within our weekly Singing Assemblies and also in three in-depth block sessions throughout the year. 

We are proud to announce that we achieved the Arts Mark Silver Award

 Art  

At Kings Heath Primary, art is valued as an integral part of pupils’ education and development. Our knowledge rich, skill-based curriculum based on the talk for writing methodology, develops pupils’ proficiencies in drawing, painting, colour theory, shade and sculpture as well as pupils’ capacity to critically analyse and articulate their work as well as the work of others. Our carefully selected artists and art movements celebrate our school’s culture and community, while opening the door to a world of creative possibility and self expression.

The focus of our arts curriculum is to develop proficiencies in drawing, painting, colour theory, shade and sculpture, therefore equipping pupils with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Alongside these skills we will develop children’s knowledge of a range of artists and designs, their critical awareness and ability to critic their own work as well as the work of others. Pupils will learn about know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. The artists chosen provide pupils with positive role models that they can aspire to emulate, as well as developing their understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritages.

At Kings Heath Primary Academy we teach art specifically in three blocks throughout the year, which is taught by our art specialist. 

We are proud to announce that we achieved the Arts Mark Silver Award

 Design and Technology

Design & Technology (DT) plays an important role within the curriculum at Kings Heath Primary Academy and is one of many subjects that help to fulfil our wider trust mission of creating aspirational and knowledge-rich pupils.  Pupils have planned opportunities to use their creativity and imagination, to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts. The DT Curriculum includes links to designs and designers throughout history, enabling pupils to critically reflect upon and evaluate their own designs.  We aim to, wherever possible, link work to other disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. This gives the learning purpose and relevance to the pupils.

 

The Kings Heath Primary Academy DT curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop technical knowledge and vocabulary in relation to structural design, mechanical and electrical systems and the integration of technology and food production and nutrition
  • develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
  • build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
  • critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
  • understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook
  • develop the collaborative working skills needed for the world of work

 

At Kings Heath Primary Academy we complete DT in different ways across the school. In Years 1 – 6 these are completed through three blocks of DT throughout the school year. These are completed as DT days, in which the pupils are emerged in the subject. However, in Reception and Nursery this is completed each term weaved within their continuous provision, however, they still join in with DT days with the rest of the school.

Through a variety of creative and practical activities, we teach the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an interactive process of designing and making. When designing and making, the school uses a standardised planning format to ensure the pupils are familiar with the design cycle:

  • Design – use research and develop design criteria to design for a purpose and communicate their ideas through a range of mediums.
  • Make – use a wider range of tools and equipment with accuracy and use a wider range of materials and components according to their qualities.
  • Evaluate – evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work.

 Early Years and Key Stage 1

Nursery

Reception

Year 1

Year 2

Printmaking

Collage

Weaving

Cooking and nutrition

Simple Structures

In 3D

Packaging

Shoe Making

Printing

Cooking and nutrition

Freestanding Structures

Joining Textiles

Mechanisms – Wheels and Axles

Mechanisms - Sliders and Levers

Mechanisms

Freestanding Structures

Key Stage 2 

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Mechanisms

Textiles

Shell Structure

Exploring World Foods

Electrical Systems

Shell Structures

Mechanisms

Mechanical Systems

Joining Textiles

Food Enterprising

Complex Electrical Systems

Mechanical Systems

 

Computing

Computing plays a central role within the curriculum at Kings Heath Primary Academy and is fundamental to our wider trust mission of creating aspirational and knowledge-rich pupils. Pupils will secure an understanding of the use of technology as well as staying safe and making the correct choices.

 

The Computing Curriculum is sequenced coherently so useful knowledge builds through three distinct strands; Digital Literacy, Information Technology and Computer Science. As a result pupils will accumulate the essential knowledge, cultural capital and computational thinking. These disciplines will be substantial and will provide a secure foundation that will enable them to succeed in the next stage of their education.

 

The Kings Heath Primary Academy Computing curriculum aims to ensure that all children:

  • Can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • Can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
  • Can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
  • Are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.

 

Due to contextual safeguarding at Kings Heath Primary Academy, we understand that our pupils are constantly submerged in the digital world outside of the school. To ensure that the pupils are equipped with the skills, knowledge and understanding of how to engage with the increasingly digital world in the safest possible way. We have ensured that this strand of Computing is placed in high stead every week across the school. This is further enhanced with the blocks dedicated to Computer Science and Information Technology for the pupils to practice their digital literacy skills. Our Computing Curriculum is based on the Teach Computing primary curriculum and National Centre for Computing Education, but adapted for our school.

Early Years and Key Stage 1

Nursery

Reception

Year 1

Year 2

Computational Thinking

Computational skills

 

Technology Around Us

Digital Painting

Programming – Move a Robot

Animation

Digital Photography

Making Music

Robot Algorithms

Introduction to Quizzes

Key Stage 2  

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Connecting Computers

Branching Databases

Animation

Events and Actions

The Internet

Photo Editing

Repetition in shapes

Repetition in games

 

Sharing Information

Vector Drawing

Selection in physical computing

Selection in Quizzes

Communication

Web Page

Spreadsheets

Variables in games

Sensing

We are proud to announce that we are a National Online Safety Certified School. This is a whole school approach to online safety training which has been designed by education professionals to meet the statutory online safety safeguarding duties outlined in the Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) September 2021 guidance.

National Online Safety

 PE

At Kings Heath Primary Academy believes that the importance of sports and games in school encompasses more than just the benefit of physical activity. It increases self-esteem, highlights the importance of team work and engages and motivates young people. 

We delivery the unique Horizon Programme to develop PE teaching, assessment and learning. In EYFS and KS1 we deliver, Movement, Balance, Striking & Fielding and Throwing & Catching. Physical development activities are crucial in the early years and it’s as one of the prime areas of learning and development at this age.

In KS2 they focus on team sports such as Football, Hockey, Netball/Basketball, Rugby and Athletic. The fundamentals skills that the pupils learnt from EYFS and KS1 will be transferred into these team sports to further development across the sporting the curriculum.

At KHPA we provide plenty of opportunities for young children to be active and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement.

Our ultimate aim for the pupils at Kings Heath is to enjoy and learn every single aspect of PE starting from active start and developing them for the pathway working towards training to compete and win.

The school has achieved the School Games Silver and is currently reapplying for the aim to achieve the Gold level. 

School Games Mark Website

Language - Latin

 

Learning languages plays a vital role within the curriculum at Kings Heath Primary Academy and is one of many subject areas that will help to fulfil our wider trust mission of creating a curriculum that is broadening the horizons of young people within our academy. Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity, provides an opening to other cultures and also provides a deeper understanding of the English language through etymology and study of grammar. Our Language curriculum promotes pupils’ curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world around them both now and in the past.  It will enable pupils to express their thoughts and ideas in another language and communicate these in both speech and in writing. We strive to embed the skills of listening, speaking and reading skills necessary to enable children to use and apply their learning in a variety of contexts and lay the foundations for future language learning.

 

Our Foreign Language curriculum is designed to progressively develop children’s skills in languages. We have chosen to teach an ancient foreign language, Latin. Latin is taught to support and enhance teaching of Ancient Rome; it supports literacy for all children, develops vocabulary and enhances understanding of grammar.  Children progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary organised around stories and links are made between vocabulary in English and Latin. Children are encouraged and supported to develop their speaking and listening skills through conversational work and games. As confidence and skill grows, children record their work through pictures, captions and sentences.

 

The Kings Heath Primary Academy Language curriculum aims to ensure that 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 teach Latin three times a week in Years 3 – 6 using Maximum Classics. This program has been chosen as it offers clear grammatical structures which are taught alongside our English curriculum. Our sessions each week have a clear structure. The first session introduces the grammatical concept for that week and the further two sessions allow for practice and for the pupils to embed their learning. If the pupils have not retained the information, or it requires further exploration, then this is completed in these extra sessions.

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Origins of Language

Present tense verbs

Subject and object

Simple sentences in Latin

Numerals and to be

Adjectives and agreement

Prepositions

Past continuous tense

Third group nouns

Possessive noun endings

Negatives and conjunctions

Simple past tense

Questions and relative clauses

Passive vs active

Indirect object

Please check out the following video : Why Teach Latin by Classics for All

Also, check out Kings Heath Primary Academy in the Spring 2022 Classics Matter Magazine

Kings Heath Primary Academy has also been nominated as a stand-out schools in the Classics for All annual Teaching Awards. The event is taking place on Monday 11th of July at 5.30pm. 

 RE

Religious Education plays a central role within the curriculum at Kings Heath Academy and is fundamental to our wider trust mission of creating aspirational and knowledge-rich pupils. At Kings Heath Academy we consistently promote children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development helping them to have a greater understanding of their place in the world, and their rights and responsibilities to other people.

 

The purpose of RE is to develop religious literacy and is taught as a distinct academic subject. The essential outcomes for RE are therefore related to the knowledge and understanding of religion and worldviews and are rooted in a multi-disciplinary understanding of the subject. This provides a balanced diet ensuring that pupils are seeing religion and worldviews through different lenses, and places RE within a strong, and well-established academic tradition.

 

At Kings Heath Primary Academy, we want to promote religious understanding and respect and to challenge prejudice, discrimination and stereotyping. We enable our pupils to appreciate their own and others’ beliefs and cultures, helping them to develop a clear understanding of the significance of religion in their own area as well in the world today.

 

 We aim for our children to be able to hold a balanced and well-informed conversation about religion and belief which is underpinned by a deep respect for all. In order to fulfil this purpose, we provide a balance of theology, philosophy and human/social sciences within our RE lessons. As a result of the accumulation of essential knowledge, pupils’ cultural capital and religious understanding will be substantial and will provide a secure foundation that will enable them to succeed in the next stage of their education.  We want them to know how religious education promotes tolerance and combats prejudice, producing positive citizens, preparing them for adult life, employment and life-long learning.

 

 At Kings Heath Academy the RE curriculum aims to ensure that all children are secure in three types of knowledge:

  • first, ‘substantive’ knowledge: knowledge about various religious and non-religious traditions
  • second, ‘ways of knowing’: pupils learn ‘how to know’ about religion and non-religion
  • third, ‘personal knowledge’: pupils build an awareness of their own presuppositions and values about the religious and non-religious traditions they study

Early Years and Key Stage 1

      Nursery & Reception

    Year 1

Year 2

 Stories from:  Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Sikhism, Islam

 Judaism

Christianity

 Judaism

Christianity

Islam

Key Stage 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Christianity

Hinduism

 Christianity

Judaism

Buddhism

 Christianity

Sikhism

 Christianity

Islam

 

British Values

The Trust is very supportive of the ethos of promoting British Values, and preparing our pupils for success in a modern Britain.

A heavy reliance is placed upon broadening horizons for each and every child and this includes developing the core skills of tolerance, respect, teamwork, resilience and building self esteem. These are all values and qualities that we feel are relevant in order to play a full and meaningful role in society, and are promoted via our extensive house system that lends itself to cultural and sporting competition, democratic principles, social mixing, the development of greater pastoral care and enhanced PSHE.

At Kings Heath Primary Academy we uphold and teach pupils about the British Values which are defined as:

  • democracy
  • rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect
  • tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

These values are taught explicitly through Personal, Social, Health and Emotional (PSHE), and Religious Education (RE).  We also teach the British Values through planning and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum, and the way we run our Academy (embodying respect, democracy and tolerance of all).

The school takes opportunities to actively promote British Values through our whole school themed assemblies, whole school systems and structures such as our tea and cake sessions with the headteacher. We also actively promote the British values through ensuring that our curriculum planning and delivery includes real opportunities for exploring these values. Actively promoting British Values also means challenging pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.

These values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

Democracy

Democracy is an important value at our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through school council as well as whole school elections.

The children have also worked together to agree our school rules and behavior policy. These are available in each classroom and actively used by children and adults influencing what is an agreed acceptable behaviour. In addition some assemblies and whole school focus events teach children about democracy.

The Rule of Law

The importance of laws and rules, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days. Our behaviour codes are clear and children are given verbal warnings supported by the coloured stages display. Children are asked to identify which aspect of the rules they have broken to ensure that this connection is made and understood. Perfect Purple has been introduced to reward children for expected behaviour and following the chosen set of rules. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves, and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the police, fire service, ambulance etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.

Individual Liberty

Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices at our school, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we provide boundaries for our children to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and planned curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-Safety teaching and PSHE lessons. Pupils are given the freedom to make choices, e.g. signing up for extra-curricular clubs, choose the level of challenge in lessons and are becoming increasingly more involved in child–led learning, e.g. planning and delivering child led assemblies and evaluating assemblies, influencing how adults deliver content in future assemblies.

Mutual respect

Our school ethos and behaviour policy are based around core Christian values such as ‘respect’ and ‘responsibility’ and these values determine how we live as a community at Kings Heath Primary School. Assemblies are based on the Jigsaw PSHE scheme and led by the PSHE lead. They are central to how we expect everyone to go about their life at our school. Anti-bullying assemblies and programmes on human rights teaching, all reflect our commitment to mutual respect. Equally our charity work and links with the local community helps in teaching mutual respect. Children and adults alike, including visitors, are challenged if they are disrespectful in any way. Values are highly visible around the school and can be seen in posters, certificates and as part of our agreed codes.

Tolerance of those Different Faiths and Beliefs

Our school ethos and behaviour policy are based around core Christian values such as ‘respect’ and ‘responsibility’ and these values determine how we live as a community at Kings Heath Primary School. Assemblies are based on the Jigsaw PSHE scheme and are central to how we expect everyone to go about their life at our school. Anti-bullying assemblies and programmes on human rights teaching, all reflect our commitment to mutual respect. Equally our charity work and links with the local community helps in teaching mutual respect. Children and adults alike, including visitors, are challenged if they are disrespectful in any way. Values are highly visible around the school and can be seen in posters, certificates and as part of our agreed codes. 

Curriculum Documents