At Kettering Buccleuch Academy we believe that English is a fundamental life skill. English develops children’s ability to listen, speak, read and write for a wide range of purposes. Children are enabled to express themselves creatively and imaginatively as they become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama, as well as of non-fiction and media texts. Children gain an understanding of how language works by looking at its patterns, structures and origins. Children use their knowledge, skills and understanding in speaking and writing across a range of different situations.
Our curriculum is designed to help children become fluent mathematicians. Fluency requires the quick and accurate mental recall of facts that pupils have learned up to that point; precision and confidence in using mathematical concepts, properties and symbols, and the competent and flexible selection and application of methods in different contexts. Solving problems requires analysing information presented in different forms, recognising what is given information and what additional information is needed; identifying and conjecturing patterns, relationships, and generalisations; testing, inducing, deducing, and proving; and communicating ideas effectively. Mathematical reasoning requires breaking down problems into a series of simpler problems or steps; making decisions about gathering, processing and calculating to acquire new information; and showing perseverance in finding solutions.
The principal focus of science teaching is to enable pupils to experience and observe phenomena, looking more closely at the natural and humanly-constructed world around them. In the Early Years they will be encouraged to be curious and ask questions about what they notice. They will develop their understanding of scientific ideas by using different types of scientific enquiry to answer their own questions, including observing changes over a period of time for example planting bulbs, noticing patterns in nature, grouping and classifying things, carrying out simple comparative tests, and finding things out using written and visual resources or by asking another person. They will learn simple scientific language which they will use in their written work as well as when share their ideas during class, home and topic talk.
The curriculum is enriched by children bringing in learning from home, participating in end of term Expos, visiting educational and natural areas of interest, visitors to school demonstrating and sharing their knowledge and skills and having the opportunity to participate in after and before school activities that are either organised by the academy or by local groups and organisations.