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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 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. 

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 please contact us.

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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.

Please see below an example of our timetable structure:

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

 Due to COVID-19 we are currently working within a recovery timetable. 

RECOVERY TIMETABLE INFORMATION

The staff and family at Kings Heath Primary Academy, like others across the country, provided extraordinary support to help children learn at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, for many children, the disruption caused by school closures has had a negative impact on their learning and wellbeing. Following advice from our Trust and other professionals, including the Education Endowment Foundation, Kings Heath Primary Academy has developed a recovery timetable. This is regularly reviewed and adapted to fit the needs of our school communicate in our endeavour to support our pupils in the best way possible. 

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Reading

 Subject Leader - Mrs Oelrich

Here at Kings Heath Primary Academy we are committed to ensuring that all children develop the ability to communicate fluently and effectively. We do this by delivering a designated English lesson a day in addition to Read Write Inc lessons. Read Write Inc is designed to support early readers with phonic development and initial reading skills such as blending and comprehension.

Kings Heath Primary Academy is a Read Write Inc. model school and we use this scheme from Nursery to Year 2. Reading is taught daily through class story sessions, Talk for Reading, where children’s understanding and comprehension is assessed and developed through high-quality teaching and questioning linked to Bloom’s Taxonomy.

All children at Kings Heath have a reading book and a reading record to take home. The reading books are phonetically decodable and link to the Read Write Inc. scheme or to Accelerated Reader. 

 A love of reading is developed through the experience of high-quality texts from a variety of authors during the Talk for Writing sessions and through use of our reading for pleasure books. 

Writing

Subject Leader - Mrs Hawkes

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.

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.

Maths

Subject Leader - Mr Ali

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.

Science

Subject Leader - Miss Durbin

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 will provide a secure foundation that will enable them to succeed in the next stage of their education.

Geography

Subject Leader - Mr Streamer
Curriculum Lead - Miss Durbin

Our Geography Curriculum is sequenced coherently so useful knowledge builds through two distinct strands; Locational Knowledge and Human and Physical Geography.  As a result of the accumulation of essential knowledge pupils are provided with the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time, enabling them to become true global citizens.

History

Subject Leader - Miss Holroyd
Curriculum Lead - Miss Durbin

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’ cultural capital and historical disciplines will be substantial and will provide a secure foundation that will enable them to succeed in the next stage of their education.

 PSHE

Subject Leader - Miss Ennew and Mrs Hope
Curriculum Lead - Miss Durbin

At Kings Heath Primary Academy, we are proud to teach Jigsaw PSHE

Jigsaw is a mindful and child-centred approach to PSHE. It is an original and comprehensive scheme of learning which integrates personal, social, health and economic education with emphasis on emotional literacy, mental health and SMSC, especially spiritual development.

Jigsaw aims to help children know and value who they really are and how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world.

 Art / DT and Music

Subject Leader - Mrs Drouet and Mr Mughal
Curriculum Lead - Miss Durbin

The arts are essential in life, they can shape and define who we are and how we understand ourselves and our possible selfs. At Kings Heath Primary Academy, we understand that the inclusion of the arts in education allow children to foster transferable skills and boost overall academic achievement. 

 PE

Subject Leader - Mr Larrier
Curriculum Lead - Miss Durbin

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.

Language 

Subject Leader - Miss Durbin

From 2014, the National Curriculum requires all Key Stage 2 children to learn a language at school and Kings Heath Primary Academy has chosen to use a classical language - Latin. 

The Department for Education reasons that classical languages provide the foundation for learning modern foreign languages and for reading comprehension: a theory that the Iris Project, an initiative promoting classics in state schools, strongly supports.

‘Learning classics is a brilliant way to support children’s literacy,’ says Dr Lorna Robinson, founder of the Iris Project. ‘It helps children make connections between Latin and English grammar and vocabulary, and gives them the key to unlock English. It also gives them a deeper cultural knowledge, helping them understand common concepts and phrases like “et cetera” and “Achilles’ heel.”’

At Kings Heath Primary Academy, we use Maximum Classics to support and train our teachers in teaching Latin in Key Stage 2. This course contains a strong emphasis on etymology so the majority of the vocabulary is chosen for its links to English words, and some for links to French and/or Spanish. EAL students are also encouraged to find links in their native tongue(s). 

 RE

Subject Leader - Mrs Hawkes and Miss Durbin

 At Kings Heath Primary Academy, we are proud to use Discovery RE. 

Discovery RE is an enquiry approach to Religious Education for Primary Schools. Using this model allows children to develop critical thinking skills to help their motivation to learn increase and their knowledge and understanding of, and empathy with people and their beliefs, religious or otherwise, is enhanced. 

This approach takes very seriously the philosophy that children are free to make their own choices and decisions concerning religion and belief. RE does not try to persuade but rather to inform and develop the skills with which evaluation can take place. 

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