Our Curriculum Explained
At Lower Farm Academy our Sonar curriculum motivates, engages and inspires all pupils through a series of learning themes that we have titled ‘Learning Journeys’. The majority of the curriculum is delivered through this learning journey with each journey beginning with a hook for pupils to act as a launch into learning. Pupils are encouraged to ask questions, make links in their learning and connect with their previous learning. The ‘landing’ or end goal of the journey is also shared with pupils so they understand the context of their learning.
The learning journey that the pupils go on is covered in one book which ensures children are able to identify the links between different areas of the curriculum and its connection to real life experiences. The journeys allow for clear coverage of the National Curriculum and ensure that learning is progressive whilst reflecting on previous learning. Differentiation ensures that children are able to access the learning independently with a range of resources to support scaffolding and independence. We are passionate about not placing a glass ceiling on children and supporting them to be successful.
A focus for our adventures is to prepare our pupils to be ‘secondary ready’ by the time they leave Lower Farm. This is achieved by providing contextualised, purposeful learning that develop ‘life skills’ and focusses on pupils’ development in becoming writers, mathematicians, historians and geographers etc.
At Lower Farm Academy, we do not show the pupils our essential learning objective or any success criteria, as we encourage pupils to be able to articulate this as we journey through the learning session. Teachers ask three questions as they embark on their journey to know that learning is secure and purposeful: What are we learning about? Why are we learning about it? How are we going to be learning it? Pupils then return back to these questions during the learning sessions to allow them to reflect on their learning.
Key Principles of our Curriculum:
- Raises aspirations
- Is purposeful and relevant and ensures that learning is contextualised
- Develops confidence and independence
- Celebrates the process of learning (metacognition) and the end product (cognition) whilst encouraging resilience for all children
- Is memorable and experiential
- Ensures children develop vocabulary to support their growing understanding
- Enables children to become mentally and physically healthy, resilient citizens
- Develops strong relations with the community- the school, local and wider community
- Promotes SMSC and British Values throughout
- Ensures that children are ready for their next stage of education (EYFS-KS1, KS1-KS2, KS2-secondary education)
EYFS Statutory Framework: