The Curriculum at Gateway Academy
At Gateway Academy we have adopted the National Curriculum (2014). In addition we supplement some programs of study with curriculum content that we have developed our selves. Our values run through everything we do and are visible in everything the children do. These underpin our approach to spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC).
We teach a number of projects that we have created and refined over a number of years. At Gateway Primary we trialed and published projects such as Project Antarctic (Year 5), World War 2 (Year 6), Cirque D Soleil Engineering Project (Year 4), Literacy Scheme of Work (Whole School) and as Gateway Academy we have developed our Speaking & Listening programme (Reception & Year 1). We use modern technology whenever it is appropriate because we believe it is essential to teaching and learning in the 21st Century.
All our curriculum design is sharply matched to our pupils learning needs. At Gateway Academy we created (2013-2014) and now use a core set of Aims & Objectives across the key subjects of English Mathematics and Science. This is complemented by the aims and objectives ewe use for our foundation subjects. See link:
In Early Years we follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, published in March 2014 by the DfES.
This Framework specifies the requirement for learning and development in the Early Years and provides specific areas of learning we must cover in our curriculum. These areas are:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Physical Development
- Communication and Language development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
For more information on our Early Years curriculum, we have included links to our documents that give you further information about our ethos, our environment and how we involve you as parents and carers.
From September 2014 children in Year 1, Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5 will follow and be taught programmes of study from the 2014 National Curriculum in English, Mathematics and Science.
Children in Year 2 and Year 6 will still follow and be taught programmes of study from the existing National Curriculum (2000) until the end of the academic year 2015. From September 2015, they will follow and be taught programmes of study from the National Curriculum 2014. See Links:
We also follow the National Curriculum (2014) for Foundation subjects: (Art & Design, Design Technology, Computing (formerly known as Information Technology), Music, History, Geography and Physical Education. See Links:
We enrich the curriculum with termly trips that our matched what pupils are learning in school. We believe that all children have the right to develop their musical skills so we offer free instrument tuition at Key Stage 2 to our pupils. We also offer a range of free clubs and activities including football, dance, cricket, Eco club, Podcast club and homework club for years five and six.