At Longspee Academy we believe in the concept of lifelong learning and the notion that learning should be a rewarding and enjoyable experience for everyone; it should be fun (Children who are HAPPY and SAFE make PROGRESS). Through our teaching we equip children with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to be able to make informed choices about the important things in their lives. We believe that appropriate teaching and learning experiences help children to lead happy and rewarding lives.
At Longspee Academy we believe children learn best when:
• learning activities are well planned, ensuring progress in the short, medium and long term
• teaching and learning activities enthuse, engage and motivate children to learn, and foster their curiosity and enthusiasm for learning
• assessment informs teaching so that there is provision for support, repetition and extension of learning for each child, at each level of attainment
• the learning environment is ordered, the atmosphere is purposeful and children feel safe
• there are strong links between home and school, and the importance of parental involvement in their children’s learning is recognised, valued and developed
At Longspee Academy we have high expectations. We challenge both pupils and staff in order to achieve the highest standards. We know our pupils can find learning difficult, so we provide a high level of targeted support to ensure everyone is successful in achieving their individualised and bespoke targets and expectations.
Our pupils face many different challenges and we look to help them develop resilience towards these. Our focus on the complete wellbeing of our pupils and nurturing approaches helps them feel safe and be safe.
Through our vision we aim to foster:
• A high level of literacy and numeracy and an enquiring mind which wants to learn more each day;
• Independent young people who are confident, flexible and able to cooperate with others;
• Imagination and creative expression through a wide range of media;
• Conscientious young citizens of our multi-cultural society who are tolerant and respect others’ values;
• Pride in achievement and a desire to succeed;
• Effective links between the school, the child’s home and the community which promote aspiration and high expectations;
• Equality of opportunity for all;
At Longspee Academy all our pupils have significant barriers in their social and emotional development. Many of them also have deficits in their language, physical and cognitive development. Our curriculum is designed to support pupils with these difficulties and offer opportunities to increase their life chances on their journey to adulthood, through the teaching of key developmental skills. The curriculum is underpinned by Fagus which is an educational resource that enables staff to gain an understanding of a child’s strengths across emotional and social functioning. Social and emotional development is divided into thirteen developmental areas.
Cognitive development, Attachment, language development (and we include physical development) are so fundamental to all aspects of development that these are identified as Core developmental areas.
Opportunities for learning within the developmental areas are provided across the curriculum as well as discreetly in our daily personal development sessions. Individualised, personalised learning programmes are created for all pupils to ensure that we are meeting specific individual needs and enable pupils to access the curriculum.
Particular focus is given to the development of key literacy and numeracy skills, improved levels of attention and concentration, social skill development, emotional health and wellbeing and self-regulation with regards to behaviours causing concern. In addition Longspee Academy offers a creative curriculum that is engaging, rich and relevant. The creative curriculum has a thematic approach to delivering all aspects of the national curriculum, with Maths, English, Science and Religious Education taught separately to ensure all aspects are covered from the National Curriculum Programmes of study. Our curriculum is enriched by termly celebration events e.g. Harvest around the world and learning outside the classroom opportunities (provided for at least twice a term).
We address the underlying issues that are the barriers to learning, enabling pupils to develop core skills, knowledge and understanding which support the pupils to achieve outstanding rates of progress in line with their underlying ability.
|Curriculum area||Number of sessions allocated|
|Masters club (literacy and numeracy skills)||3/4|
|Personal development (including PSHE)||4/5|
|Creative curriculum (Science, humanities, art and design and computing)||6/7|
Literacy is taught using an overview from Twinkle Plan it and supplemented by:
- Letters and sounds to teach phonics
- Rapid readers for reading
- Writing and spelling from Twinkle planit
Mathematics mid-term plan comes from White Rose Maths and is resourced by the use of Numicon resources.
PHSE is taught using the Jigsaw scheme and supplemented by use of the Zones of Regulation curriculum. Our Personal Development curriculum is based on zones of regulation, individual pupil reports (OT, SALT and EP), Fagus and the individualised requirements of the pupils EHCP.
In addition to the above, Longspee Academy provides a creative curriculum based around the Cornerstones Curriculum.
The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the new 2014 Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. Our creative curriculum is delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) which provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children’s learning.
We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. The Cornerstones Curriculum provides learning challenges throughout the academic year that will require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum.
Cornerstones also provide a rigorous essential skills framework that outlines the end of year expectations in all subjects. These essential skills are tied to activities and are age related so that staff can track children’s progress and identify their individual learning needs.
Our curriculum design is intended to be focused with the child’s individual needs at its core. We offer a bespoke curriculum that equips the pupils with the skills to identify the most effective pathways as they progress towards adulthood.