The Benedict Academy curriculum is ambitious and is designed to give all learners, including the disadvantaged and those with special educational needs and/or disabilities, the essential knowledge that children need to be educated and socially proficient citizens.
following the National Curriculum framework, each individual is given the support and teaching to enable them to develop the skills and acquire the knowledge that will prepare them for the next stage of their school career. We provide a curriculum which promotes problem-solving, perseverance and resilience. Our curriculum provides opportunities for the children to develop independence, interdependence, positive self-esteem and confidence.
Children leave Benedict Academy with a sense of belonging to a tightly knit community where they have the confidence and skills to make decisions, self-evaluate, make connections and become lifelong learners.
Our English curriculum is built around explicitly teaching the hierarchical knowledge that is essential to master the language, communicate and understand effectively. We teach linguistic phonics to support automaticity in decoding and word recognition. Our curriculum is based around high quality texts from different historical and cultural contexts. In discrete reading sessions each day, children are taught how to read such texts. As background knowledge is so essential to comprehension, our History and Geography coverage supports the primary and secondary texts chosen across the school. When writing, we focus on the application of phonic, spelling and grammar skills to ensure that children have a mastery of the writing process.
We employ a linguistic phonics approach throughout the school to teach early reading and spelling.
We take a mastery approach to the teaching of mathematics. The fundamental principle is that there are high expectations for all children to achieve. In order to do so, they require high quality instruction, work that is carefully sequenced and good subject knowledge. This will enable them to articulate their understanding of mathematical concepts. Children progress through the learning at broadly the same pace and children who grasp concepts rapidly are challenged through rich and sophisticated problems. We believe that, through this approach, our children become automatic, efficient and flexible mathematicians.
At Benedict Academy, we have a rich, enquiry filled science curriculum. It has been designed to give our children access to the knowledge that has formed the basis of major scientific discoveries throughout our history. Through the effective management and support of our learner’s inherent curiosity, specific lines of scientific enquiry can be explored and nurtured to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the key theories that underpin our understanding of the functions of biology, chemistry and physics.
At Benedict, we want our learners to have a rich and deep knowledge of world religions which will help them to understand the lives and beliefs of the people who surround them in the brilliantly diverse and multicultural city and country they live in.
Our RE curriculum has been designed to provide children with a range of opportunities which allow learners to: explore religious ideas and issues; meet and listen to members of different religious communities; share their own experiences in a safe and respectful forum; apply and deepen their knowledge of the subject across the curriculum; and to promote debate and dialogue while celebrating the diversity that surrounds them.
At Benedict Academy, we recognise that art involves a diverse range of human activities that involves visual, auditory or performative artifacts. Each half term, we study artists or their works and explicitly teach technical skills that children apply when creating end products.
We believe humanities are an important part of a child’s educational diet. Our curriculum provides them with a deep understanding of the world that we live in, and it’s history, whilst being organised to support the future retrieval of knowledge. Linked to our English curriculum, our lessons include the study of a rich text, using a ‘text in context’ approach to learn about what sits behind a story. Therefore, when we discuss the text in Reading sessions, children have the relevant background knowledge to support them and can tether their understanding to the text. Our humanities curriculum is planned progressively from Reception to Year 6, to ensure that knowledge is built on and skills can be taught sequentially.
We follow the Early Years Framework in Nursery and Reception. Read more below.
At Benedict Academy we believe that every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. To achieve this in the Early Years, we use the EYFS statutory guidance to inform and support our planning and to enhance our assessment procedures.
Reading is at the heart of our curriculum. The Early Years children are exposed to rich and varied texts such as Little Red Riding hood, My Mother’s Sari, Handa’s Surprise and Katie in London. Every single child in our Early Years setting relates to these multi-cultural texts. Central to our Literacy development is the systematic teaching of reading and writing through linguistic phonics where children are taught the skills of segmenting, blending and phoneme manipulation.
Mathematical development is a vital component of the Early years Curriculum. It is taught through imaginative play activities alongside focused whole class and small group carpet sessions. Right from the beginning, our mastery approach to mathematics helps children to develop number sense, fluency and problem solving. Mathematics in the Early Years encompasses numbers, shape space and measures.
The Early Years curriculum promotes the development of the characteristics of effective learning such as problem-solving, perseverance and resilience. Children are given opportunity to explore in order to develop independence, interdependence, confidence and self-esteem. All 7 areas of the curriculum are interwoven. Learning in the Early Years is not compartmentalised.
Communication and Language is used in every part of the curriculum and it is vital that the children develop these basic skills in order to become independent and confident learners. Children take part in well-planned imaginative, expressive and art and design activities. Our spacious outdoor learning lends itself in expanding children’s physical development and understanding of the world.