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Potter Street Academy

Potter Street Academy

Curriculum

Our pupils’ needs and backgrounds and our values for learning underpin all areas of our curriculum:

‘Learning for Life’

At Potter Street Academy we want all our pupils to enjoy school – whilst also becoming resilient, ambitious, independent learners who are prepared for a changing, global society.

We offer a designed range of experiences and provision which support a full spectrum of academic, physical, spiritual, moral, social and cultural activities that enrich pupils’ lives and provide them with the confidence, skills and knowledge to progress to the next stage of their education. We aim for our pupils to become resilient, curious learners who find pleasure in tackling challenging work.

We believe that our pupils should experience a rich curriculum which balances academic and personal development. We recognise the importance of all National Curriculum subjects. We teach all subjects in the National Curriculum, as well as following the agreed local syllabus for Religious Education, along with a well-planned and structured programme of personal, social, health and emotional learning. Our aim is for our pupils to thrive and achieve well across all subjects.

We plan our curriculum for security and depth of learning. To do this, we ensure that pupils do not just cover the curriculum but return to the key concepts, knowledge and skills over and over again each time gaining a deeper and more secure understanding. This then allows for the application of ideas and knowledge across different subjects.

We assess a pupil’s depth of knowledge, skills and understanding at regular intervals throughout the year, and use this as a forecast as to whether they are on track to meet our curriculum expectations.

At Potter Street Academy, we use the National Curriculum and associated educational research as a helpful starting point for making curriculum decisions. The OFSTED framework enables us to plan our curriculum work around three keyways of thinking: Intent, Implementation and Impact.

Intent

We intend to create a curriculum:

  • That challenges all pupils but is accessible to all.
  • That is coherently planned and sequenced.
  • That is successfully adapted, designed and developed for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities.
  • That is broad and balanced for all pupils

Implementation

We implement the curriculum by ensuring that:

  • Cognitive science underpins approaches to learning
  • Learning is well paced
  • Prior learning is checked to build new learning from
  • Learning is checked and misconceptions are addressed and further teaching takes place to improve knowledge, skills and understanding 
  • Learning is put into a context and links are made across different subjects and domains
  • Learning is interleaved and recapped on to allow this to be embedded into memory and fluency
  • Feedback is given to children to ensure children are aware of how well they are doing and what they need to do next to make progress

Impact

We intend that the impact of the curriculum will:

  • Increase children’s knowledge, skills and understanding of concepts in all subjects
  • Allow children to enjoy and discover interests and talents that they can pursue in the next part of their journey
  • Ensure pupils make at least good progress from their relative starting points and prior attainment,

Curriculum Overview

For each year group we map out how we will cover the National Curriculum for each subject along with which trips will support and enhance children's learning. 

Click on the links at the bottom of the page to view our curriculum for each year group. 

Our Learning and Life Experiences 

At Potter Street Academy we believe that every child should have amazing childhood experiences, ones they will remember for life. Throughout their time with us children at Potter Street are offered the chance to take part in our 65 learning and life experiences, these are:
1.    Jump in muddy puddles
2.    Receive a parcel 
3.    Be transported to another world
4.    Bake a cake
5.    Make a mud pie
6.    Run through a garden bare foot
7.    Find treasure
8.    Have a picnic
9.    Work with a senior citizen
10.    Hunt for bugs
11.    Watch a chick hatch
12.    Bring up a butterfly
13.    Build a sand and shell sculpture
14.    Paddle in the sea
15.    Skim stones
16.    Visit a castle where real Kings and Queens have lived
17.    Make a house for an animal
18.    Be a weather reporter
19.    Watch a West End show
20.    Visit a zoo
21.    Feed an animal 
22.    Hold a scary creature
23.    Learn a new language
24.    Learn a song in sign language
25.    Visit some ruins
26.    Be a film producer 
27.    Be a book publisher 
28.    Ride the train
29.    Discover the landmarks of London
30.    Experience life from a time in the past
31.    Discover what is in a pond
32.    Go birdwatching 
33.    Visit a museum 
34.    Visit an art gallery 
35.    Experience 3D art
36.    Go star gazing
37.    Experience secondary school 
38.    Camp out in the wild
39.    Sing songs around a camp fire 
40.    Go on a nature walk at night
41.    Make and fly paper aeroplanes 
42.    Visit a place of worship
43.    Float along a river (year 5 water based activities – rafting/kayaking
44.    Find your way with a map and compass
45.    Take part in a team building activity
46.    Have a speaking part in a play
47.    Eat a meal in a restaurant
48.    Navigate your way around London underground
49.    Be a geocacher
50.    Talk to professionals from a range of industries
51.    Visit the home of Shakespeare’s plays
52.    Go on a trip away for more than two nights
53.    Have a story published
54.    Be a photographer
55.    Ride a rollercoaster
56.    Hold a position of responsibility in the school
57.    Do something for charity
58.    Join a school club
59.    Perform at the O2
60.    Attend and watch a sporting event 
61.    Take part in a talent show
62.    Spend time with other primary children from a different school 
63.    Make something and sell it
64.    Plant it, grow it, eat it
65.    Try foods from around the world

Life Skills 


At Potter Street Academy we believe every child needs to have a set of core skills that will help them to be independent in every day life. To support this we have Life Skill Challenges which are: 


Reception 
1.    I can say please and thank you 
2.    I can dress myself on my own and look after my own belongings
3.    I can use the toilet and wash my hands after
4.    I can blow my own nose 
5.    I can use cutlery to eat
6.    I can show I am sorry
7.    I can write my own name
8.    I can name healthy foods
9.    I can resolve conflicts I have with my peers

Year 1
1.    I can use a knife and fork to cut up food
2.    I can brush my hair
3.    I know when my birthday is
4.    I can work in a team 
5.    I can describe what makes a healthy meal 
6.    I have fire safety awareness
7.    I know how to cross a road safely 
8.    I can describe how someone else feels 
9.    I can resolve conflicts I have with my peers

Year 2 
1.    I know my left and right
2.    I know my address
3.    I know how to make an emergency phone call 
4.    I can point to where I live on a world map 
5.    I can pay someone a compliment 
6.    I can use dining etiquette
7.    I can set myself a target 
8.    I know what to do if I am lost 
9.    I can resolve conflicts I have with my peers

Year 3
1.    I can tie shoelaces 
2.    I can wrap a present 
3.    I can check the weather forecast 
4.    I know how many days there are in each month of the year
5.    I can carry out research using a search engine
6.    I can teach something to someone else
7.    I can make a sandwich 
8.    I can measure, choosing the appropriate equipment 
9.    I can resolve conflicts I have with my peers

Year 4 
1.    I can read and follow a map
2.    I can calculate the change from £1.00, £5.00 and £10.00
3.    I can give directions 
4.    I can write and post a letter
5.    I can swim a length
6.    I can read a bus timetable
7.    I can tell the time on an analogue and digital clock
8.    I can follow a simple recipe
9.    I can resolve conflicts I have with my peers 

Year 5 
1.    I can send an email 
2.    I know how to behave appropriately on line and on social media 
3.    I can fill in an application form 
4.    I can prepare for an interview 
5.    I can use a compass
6.    I can make a cup of tea
7.    I can give a presentation to an audience 
8.    I understand the changes that happen during puberty
9.    I can resolve conflicts I have with my peers

Year 6 
1.    I can prepare and cook a simple hot meal 
2.    I can take part in a debate
3.    I have an awareness of basic first aid
4.    I can find out about a range of careers
5.    I have an understanding of drug and alcohol misuse
6.    I can tie a tie 
7.    I can read a timetable and follow a schedule
8.    I know how to manage money
9.    I can resolve conflicts I have with my peers 

 

Please click here to take you to the National Curriculum For Primary Schools.