Our role as a school is to give all our pupils the best possible education, and to raise standards and improve learning for all our pupils.
What do we teach?
Old Ford Primary Academy follows the National Curriculum. We have a topic based approach to teaching and history, geography and religious education are taught through English. This means that we can have many rich and varied opportunities for writing which helps pupils in their understanding of topic material.
All classes from year 1 upwards study the same topic, at the same time, at their own standard. This allows for school wide sharing of learning and means that pupils in different year groups can discuss their work and learning together. Where possible, topics are organised to coincide with nationwide and worldwide events and celebrations. Our planned topics for this year are set out below:
History: The Roman Empire and it’s impact on Britain
History: Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age
Science is taught weekly.
All pupils across the school also receive weekly music lessons from professional music teachers and two hours of weekly physical education. Pupils from years 3 to 6 take part in weekly French language sessions.
Computers and ICT are used in all subjects of the curriculum as well as key skills being taught in separate lessons. We teach computer programming as discrete lessons.
Pupils in reception are taught in accordance with the Department for Education’s early years foundation stage guidance. Topics are chosen to reflect pupil interests and needs.
Further information relating to curriculum is available on request – please contact the academy.
How are reading and phonics taught?
Phonics is the system of learning to read by using sounds. At Old Ford, the Read Write Inc. programme is used to teach phonics. From nursery, pupils are introduced to the first 30 sounds and taught to blend these sounds into words. In reception more sounds are introduced and pupils read from books at their level daily. This continues throughout KS1 and KS2 with daily phonic lessons and daily guided reading with comprehension to test pupils understanding. Reading good quality literature to pupils provides ideas for twice weekly extended writing lessons. Each class has a book area with attractive books that appeal to all abilities within that class and are available to take home. The Shared Reading text which will be studied this year are
- The Gingerbread Man
- Little Red Riding Hood
- Peace at Last – Jill Murphy
- The Frog Prince
- The Emperor of Absurdia – Chris Redell
- Jack and the Golden Harp
- The Tiger Who Came to Tea – Judith Kerr
- Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
- Peter and the Wolf
- Hansel and Gretel
- The Thief, the Fool and the Big Fat King – Terry Dreary
- Around the World in Eighty Days
- Diary of a Cat – Anne Fine
- The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
- The Iron Man – Ted Hughes
- Toro Toro – Michael Morpurgo
- The Little Vampire – Angela Sommer-Bodenburg
- Gangsta Granny – David Walliams
- The Twits – Roald Dahl
- George’s Marvellous Medicine – Roald Dahl
- How to Train Your Dragon – Cressida Cowell
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
- The Boy in the Dress – David Walliams
- Cirque de Freak – Darren Shan
- Silverfin – Charlie Higson
- Goodnight Mr Tom – Michelle Magorian
- The Enemy – Charlie Higson
- A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness
- The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
- Journey to Jo’burg
- The Witches – Roald Dahl
Reading good quality literature to pupils provides ideas for Extended Writing lessons. Each class a book area with attractive books that appeal to all pupils within that class and are available to take home. We strongly encourage parents/carers to help foster a love of reading in their children. That is why we provide resources to achieve this aim.
Why reading is important:
- Reading helps you achieve your goals
- Reading will help you with different jobs and careers
- Reading will help increase your knowledge
- Reading will help you understand morals and how to behave
- Reading can inspire you
- Reading can make you laugh and make you happy
- Reading will help you improve your vocabulary
- Reading is fun
Download the Why Reading is Important leaflet.