Curriculum

At Packmoor Ormiston Academy we believe in igniting a thirst for learning through an exciting and varied curriculum which provides experiences that children remember and by creating a learning environment that is rich, eye catching and stimulating.  Our ethos for teaching and learning allows children to develop their individual skills, abilities and interests to achieve, feel proud and become life-long learners. Our curriculum design, planning and assessment ensures progression in every subject and across key stages.

Breadth

At Packmoor Ormiston Academy careful analysis and discussion about our pupils’ backgrounds, life experiences and culture has helped us to design a curriculum with three key priorities underpinning every subject area. We believe that by focusing on the following key priorities our children will be ready to successfully meet the challenges of the next stage of their education and their lives.

Our curriculum priorities are:

  1. Aspirations – we aim to provide experiences which show children the wide range of possibilities available for their future.
  2. Initiative – we aim to offer experiences which help them to become independent and resourceful learners.
  3. Cultural Awareness – Understanding and appreciation of the wide range of different cultures within school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain.

We have designed and planned our curriculum to offer a range of experiences which contribute to every child receiving a full and rich curriculum. The range of experiences we offer support and champion our culture and ensures that our children benefit from a full range of academic, spiritual, moral, social and cultural activities. These activities enrich their lives and those of our whole school community and make them proud of their British values and diverse society to which belong and play an active part. We are proud that our curriculum gives our children the skills, confidence and self-belief to lead a happy and fulfilled life by encouraging them to aim high and work towards their goals and dreams in life.

Balance

At Packmoor Ormiston Academy it is our underlying belief that every child should feel valued and experience the feeling of success in a wide range of curriculum areas. We believe that through the curriculum we can impact on what is in children’s heads and how they feel about themselves, so that they feel clever, confident and ready to tackle any challenge they may face.

We have designed, organised and planned our curriculum to ensure every child receives an appropriate mix of academic and personal development which means that in practice our curriculum places equal importance on core and foundation subjects.

At Packmoor Ormiston Academy we place high priority on ensuring children’s physical and mental wellbeing are met. We understand that children will not be successful learners unless they are emotionally secure, therefore we carefully design our curriculum and adopt a flexible approach to timetabling to ensure that we can meet and respond to any issues which may arise. Children’s physical and mental wellbeing are as valued and important as academic development.

We carefully monitor children’s progress with their personal development and our well planned and thoughtful approach to SMSC helps to ensure that every child is well cared for and supported.

Our balanced approach to the curriculum is not at the expense of high standards in core subject areas. High standards and enabling children to reach national expectations and above is of vital importance if they are to succeed at the next stage of their education and go on to achieve full and happy lives and careers.

Our full and rich curriculum, with its excellent range of experiences, ensures that every pupil at Packmoor Ormiston Academy makes excellent progress both academically and personally. Our unique curriculum ensures that every child is given the opportunity to shine and flourish.

Depth

Packmoor Ormiston Academy’s definition of progress is; the widening and deepening of essential knowledge, skills, understanding and learning behaviours. We design, organise and plan our curriculum to ensure that children are not merely covering content but achieving a depth to their learning which enables them to use their skills and understanding in all areas of the curriculum.

Our careful curriculum design and planning means that we build in many opportunities for repetition and practise opportunities for essential knowledge, skills and understanding in every subject. This ensures that children are able to revisit previous learning, which allows them to gradually develop a deeper understanding of the skills and processes within subjects, at their own pace and in the best possible way for each individual child.

Our two year curriculum cycle is meticulously designed and planned using the National Curriculum to move the nature of children’s thinking to a higher order deep level of understanding rather than just acquiring new facts and knowledge.

Please click on the links below to see the curriculum overview in each key stage

Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)

Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4)

Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5 and 6)

Please click on the links below to see an over view of the content/skills for each subject.