English and Maths
English and Maths are taught discretely from Key Stages 1 to 5 and are consciously reinforced throughout all aspects of the curriculum. Phonics is embedded into the Key Stage 1 and 2 curriculum and there is a large focus across the Academy on developing speech, language and communication skills across all subjects. Teachers follow the National Curriculum and plan activities appropriate to learners’ age and abilities. Class teachers differentiate material for young people, allowing them to access a planned curriculum.
At Soundwell Academy will have reading areas in our Primary classes. It is our aim to provide an environment where pupils engage in and enjoy reading. Over 2020-21 Soundwell Academy will be embedding a phonics approach to reading to support pupils develop the phonetic skills in order to be able to decode, as well as a word-aware approach to support the learning of high frequency words.
In Maths at KS2 and KS3 pupils follow the White Rose Maths curriculum which aims is to develop deep understanding, confidence and competence in maths working towards mastery of the subject. Pupils cover topics on Number, Measurement,
Geometry and Statistics, building on prior learning, ready for their progression to KS4.
In English at all stages, pupils follow a broad and balanced curriculum that enables them to develop their confidence, independence and ability in all areas of literacy. Each unit is planned to cover a wide variety of genres allowing for pupils to experience a range of text types through reading, writing and speaking and listening opportunities. At Soundwell Academy we aim to use rich and varied texts to help pupils develop their vocabulary, word and sentence level understanding, communication and reading skills and develop a love of reading. Throughout each unit, a focus on communication and interaction skills as well as embedding the key literacy skills of writing and reading is paramount. Phonics is being introduced to the whole Academy in order to equip learners with the tools for independent reading and writing.
At KS2 and KS3 we encourage the use of IT where possible, so that pupils can wordprocess their work or carry out research. We also help our young people develop their spoken communication by encouraging discussion in class, with the aim of becoming more confident and being ready to take part in more formal assessments in KS4 .
Throughout all stages, assessments are in place to identify gaps in learning and fundamental skills. This includes phonics screening and reading and spelling age assessments.
Science provides an excellent vehicle for looking at the world, building upon each pupil's experiences in everyday life. We hope to contribute towards widening pupil's horizons and their understanding of how things work. Pupils scientific knowledge will be developed using a skills based approach through which we want them to expand their curiosity and awareness. Science is an essential part of a broad and balanced curriculum and gives pupils many of the skills and qualities essential for future employment.
PSHE and SMSC, the Ways of Wellbeing Curriculum
Soundwell academy will adopt The Five Ways to Wellbeing, which are a set of evidence-based actions which promote people’s wellbeing. They were developed by the New Economics Foundation and based on the findings of the 2008 Government Office for Science Foresight report on Mental Capital and Wellbeing that aimed to develop a long-term vision for maximizing wellbeing in the UK. This has been used to develop Soundwell Academy’s Ways of Wellbeing (WoW) Curriculum.
At Soundwell Academy wellbeing amongst both pupils and staff is a priority. We aim to provide a curriculum that is enriching to both young people and staff’s social and emotional development. We aim to provide a curriculum that will take into consideration pupil’s holistic needs to help them develop greater awareness of themselves in relation to their health, their wellbeing, their community and their values.
Our WOW curriculum complements the Academy focus areas of Nurture, Communication and the growth mindset and has cross curricular links embedded from a therapeutically informed approach.
The WOW curriculum runs every afternoon for Lesson 5.
There are 5 WOW areas:
Me in My environment
Learn (PSHE Jigsaw)
PSHE is a timetabled session which follows the Jigsaw programme.
An annual plan of significant dates in the religious and cultural calendar ensures that there is a focus, through assemblies and PSHE lessons on important cultural and religious festivals and commemorative days. Health, Sex and relationships will be covered with parental consent for certain aspects of delivery. The development of social and communication skills is also a key part of the PSHE/SMSC curriculum. See PSHE policy for further information.
In Soundwell Academy, RE will be covered in ‘Me in my Environment’, as part of our Ways of Wellbeing Curriculum. RE will be delivered in this way to maintain a clear and consistent routine and structure, as specified in the national curriculum and to support a more cross-curricular approach to learning.
In RE we follow the guidelines set by Bristol City Council for both Key Stage 2 and 3. We aim to explore the key beliefs of different religions and develop respect and understanding for other religions, cultures and viewpoints.
Assemblies can be used to reflect on our own and others experiences. These assemblies will support us to focus on our achievements and to develop a sense of self, community and belonging.
As part of our RE and WoW curriculum we will reflect on Mystery and Wonder, diversity, respect and acceptance. Mindfulness is now a key part of Religious Education and to support pupils with the understanding of this our ‘check in’ activity in RE will be a mindfulness activity.
At KS2, the History curriculum is designed to develop an understanding of how Britain has influenced the world, and how the world has influenced Britain. During October, the focus is on Black History Month, with a focus on events and individuals in Bristol. Students will begin to understand that our knowledge of the past is constructed from various sources. In addition to Black History month, key themes for KS2 History this academic year include Pompeii and the Romans (T2), Inventors and their Inventions (T3), Changing World: Stone Age to the Iron Age (T4), World War II (T5), and Viking Invaders (T6).
In KS3, students will be taught overview of historical eras, as well as in depth studies of particular events. As with KS2, the focus in Term 1 will be on Black History Month, and students will learn to contrast and compare, and analyse trends, in particular focusing on the Windrush generation. This will comprise the local history study. The key themes for the rest of the academic year include Medieval Britain (T2), The Inventors of the Renaissance (T3), Industry and Empire (T4), WWII and the Holocaust (T5), 20th Century USA (T6).
The history curriculum is linked as closely as possible to the academy Themes, which aims to give students an opportunity to see learning as a connected process that has application to real life.
ICT and computing at Soundwell Academy is taught throughout Key Stages 2 and 3, developing skills that pupils need in order to safely access a range of ICT and computing devices as well as giving them skills that will help them in education and future employment. The curriculum covers using both apple and android devices, programming, coding and communications.
The PE curriculum offers a broad and balanced scheme of work encompassing individual skills, health and fitness and team work. At Key Stage 2 pupils should have the opportunity to have 2 hours per week of PE. The learning will be enhanced by the Primary sports premium. All Key Stage 2 pupils will have the opportunity to participate in swimming lessons and their ability will be recorded. Pupils will also be given opportunities to attend the Local Leisure centre for sports based activities.
At Key Stage 3 pupils will follow the long term plan and focus on specific skills in each sport. Pupils should have the opportunity to have 2 hours per week of PE . Pupils have the opportunity to peer assess and review their own performance. Pupils have opportunities to participate in specialist sports if their teacher is a non-specialists eg. Trampoline, high jump etc.
The classrooms will have a Nurture space, which is designed to be warm and welcoming in order to provide a consistent, predictable and safe place for young people. The room is organised and equipped with early developmental needs in mind.
Within art pupils are encouraged to explore a range of materials and artists. This includes developing work around abstract, sculptural, photography, historical and cultural elements within art, to enhance their creativity and understanding of the world around them. All pupils have opportunities to enter competitions locally and nationally.
Within DT pupils engage in a range of projects to enhance their skills such as health and safety, problem solving, creativity and innovation.
It is our aim that young people become independent, measured through engagement and success in qualifications, skills for life developed and monitored through the Lodge, sustained destinations, and delivered through the Careers programme. With an independent careers adviser and a programme of education, information, advice and guidance for all pupils from Years 7 -13. We believe our pupils are well prepared for their futures. All staff at Soundwell Academy play an active role in preparing them. We have a full programme of careers education that is delivered through the WoW curriculum, PHSE, special events, enrichment programmes, visits, trips and assemblies and also within subject areas and tutor time.
The curriculum is enriched by educational trips and visits, local community links and opportunities within the timetable to engage with new experiences for example: Outdoor education, music workshops and educational visits.