At Hareclive E-ACT Academy our learning aim is to engage, enthuse and prepare pupils for the next step in their lives while creating curiosity and enjoyment.
As a team, we are passionate about our pupils’ learning and ensure that our curriculum is both personal and inclusive for all. Teaching is tailored to move all learners forward, with practical and exciting experiences.
While keeping our academy values at the core of the curriculum we aim to evolve learning each year to ensure that the needs and interests of each class ensure engagement and progress. Using topical subjects and wow events allow us to create a cross-curricular style of learning that enthuses learners.
Our curriculum incorporates carefully selected knowledge and skills which is brought to life in a way that is meaningful and exciting for pupils; promoting a life-long love of learning. It also provides the cultural capital that they will need to be successful in learning as well as in their future lives; Opening minds, opening doors.
The curriculum has been organised in a way which enables pupils to revisit knowledge and build depth of knowledge and understanding as well as in a way to help pupils learn more and remember more. Through the way our curriculum is organised, we help pupils make meaning of the world, develop their vocabulary and broaden their horizons.
Each subject is content rich, with knowledge carefully selected and deliberately ambitious. Our curriculum is coherent and well planned, building on what has come before and encourages pupils to be curious about their learning.
Lessons follow a clear sequence allowing opportunities for deliberate practise and memory recall; challenge for all pupils, through the curriculum, is central to what we believe is key. We encourage pupils to make connections across subjects, content, time and place.
Transference of knowledge from short term to long term memory is aided through the use of toolkits, purposeful working walls, regular retrieval practice and deliberate practice.
Promoting consistency across our academy allows pupils to focus on their learning and enables teachers to develop their practice. This happens through a variety of ways including the way in which the learning environment is organised in each classroom, the approach to teaching and learning e.g. Talk for Writing / Mastery approach to maths and in the design of our curriculum.
We place a strong emphasis on providing our pupils with rich experiences – trips to the Bristol landmarks, to the Isle of Wight to learn how to sail and to see first -hand the seaside, forests, our city infrastructure etc. to expand horizons and expand life experience. We also bring these experiences to the children – birds of prey, historical drama and inspiring role models to name but a few!
Assessment opportunities are carefully planned so that they are purposeful, support learning and inform us as to whether our curriculum and or the delivery of it is effective. These include both lowstakes, informal assessments alongside more formal assessments, including testing. A programme of continuous quality assurance is in place to ensure that the curriculum intent and implementation is effective.
Our approach to supporting pupils who may need help to access the curriculum is through pre-teaching to make sure that they have the knowledge and skills to succeed in accessing learning rather than having to continuously be catching up. Additional scaffolding with an emphasis on ‘hands on learning’ as well as additional adult support is also used to ensure that all children are able to grow and achieve in all aspects of the curriculum.