At Kettering Buccleuch Academy we aim to create a stimulating environment in which children are actively encouraged to enjoy books, and are motivated to want to read independently. We strive to ensure that our children become successful, fluent readers by the end of Key Stage One. We believe that this is achievable through high quality, discrete teaching of phonics. Our children should read effectively for different purposes, across all subjects, and acquire the key phonics skills and understand the rules governing the structure of language.
Year one teach phonics daily using the Letters and Sounds programme.
Link here: Letters and Sounds: Principles and Practice of High Quality Phonics
At Kettering Buccleuch Academy (Primary) we know 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. We aim for our children to write as readers and read as writers. The Reading Journey is underpinned by the ethos of the teacher being the reading expert. This enables children to be immersed by high-quality text, not having a roof put on their learning because of their reading age.
To teach the skills of writing in KS1 and KS2 at Kettering Buccleuch Academy (Primary), we use a genre driven approach which covers a balance of non-fiction and narrative. To ensure that the children enjoy and progress in English, we use engaging, interesting texts and topics to inspire our units of work. When children start in year 1, a rotation of activities is used up to Christmas while children’s independence is still being developed. Each year group has an overview of genres to be taught in each term which is followed to ensure adequate coverage.
Gov.uk National Curriculum
Click here to see our Secondary English curriculum
Gov.uk National Curriculum
Click here to see our Secondary Maths curriculum
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.
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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.