Kettering Science Academy Primary Phase has recently implemented a Creative Curriculum. The underpinning principles of our Creative Curriculum are committed to providing quality and excellence through an exciting, stimulating environment that stretches and develops the whole child.
We believe that every child in our school, through Creative Curriculum principles, will be able to develop the necessary skills needed to progress into the Secondary Phase and the skills they need to succeed as lifelong learners.
An important feature of the curriculum is that our children are responsible for planning their own learning: their sense of achievement is increased as they work towards goals they have chosen themselves. This also helps them develop an evaluative attitude towards, and a sense of pride in, their work and the capacity to learn how to focus on areas to improve.
Through the Creative Curriculum we aim to raise standards. Primary education is not only about targets and results in league tables (it is much more than that): we believe that by developing skills in a stimulating, enjoyable environment, we help children develop as individuals.
We want children to have a memorable experience at Kettering Science Academy to encourage and inspire them to achieve in life and to aim to exceed their potential. We aim to foster the attitude of wanting to learn as well as needing to learn, not just for their primary career, but for life.
Read Write Inc
Within the primary phase we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their literacy. RWI is a method of learning centred round letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing.
Reading opens the door to learning. A child who reads a lot will become a good reader. A good reader will be able to read more challenging material. A child who reads challenging material is a child who will learn. The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out.
Using RWI, the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into composing what they write.
When using RWI to read the children will:
- learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts.
- learn to read using Fred Talk
- read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out
- show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions
When using RWI to write the children will:
- learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent 44 sounds
- learn to write words by saying the sounds in Fred Talk
- write simple sentences
- compose stories based on picture strips
- compose a range of stories based on writing frames.
Maths Makes Sense
Our pupils learn Maths using Maths Makes Sense (MMS), a carefully designed mathematical learning system that uses special vocabulary, physical actions and concrete objects like cups to help them become confident mathematicians.
To give children the best chance of becoming confident mathematicians, they need repeated practice with basic number skills. They need to know these skills by heart and to be able to use them easily.
Maths Makes Sense identifies the key concepts children need to learn to achieve success in Maths. These are known as the '10 Big Ideas' - addition, subtraction, equals, multiplication, division, denomination, ratio, infinity, the symbols speak to you and the language tells you the answer. Children are taught these concepts and use them consistently so that understanding grows over time and they are able to apply Maths successfully to real life examples.
More information can be found on the Maths Makes Sense website at: