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  • South Axholme
  • Coritani
  • Epworth Primary

The South Axholme Mindset Curriculum

The South Axholme Mindset is at the heart of everything we do at South Axholme Academy.  We ensure every student Expects Excellence, is Respectful, Resilient and Ready to make a difference in the world. The South Axholme Mindset Curriculum has been designed to provide students with the core knowledge and Cultural capital needed for further academic study, while enabling them to develop as citizens and engage effectively in the world beyond school.

Our intention is to ensure students make outstanding progress and that the curriculum is ambitious in ensuring that ALL students follow the full breadth and depth of the National Curriculum and ensure that students can undertake studies in the EBacc and a full range of Option subjects.

Deep, Broad and Knowledge Rich

We ensure that subject curriculum is deep, broad, knowledge rich and sequenced so that new knowledge and skills are built on what has been taught before, and towards those defined end points.  For example, in year 7, this means building upon what has been taught at Key Stage 2 and building towards Year 8 and beyond. 

Assessment that Develops Long Term Memory

Assessment is built into the curriculum to ensure knowledge is both tested to help improve teaching and to develop long term memory. Formative assessments are designed to identify gaps in learning and misconceptions in new learning. It is imperative that new learning is revisited and retaught to support students so that when they are asked to think they can do so in more powerful ways.

Subjects are wary of assuming that students have securely learnt material based on evidence drawn close to the point of teaching.  Summative assessment will be used to identify learning committed to long term memory.  These assessments will inform the curriculum offer.

Numeracy and Literacy

Numeracy and Literacy are essential skills needed to be ready in all subjects and opportunities to develop the knowledge within Maths and English are given in all subject areas. Liaison with other subjects in curriculum design is important in this regard.  To ensure that learning is sequence across the whole curriculum to support the development of knowledge and skills at the appropriate time.

Cultural Capital and Character

Subjects ensure learning in the curriculum includes Cultural and Character development for all Students. Opportunities are planned for all students to develop the South Axholme Mindset values of Expect Excellence, Ready, Resilient and Respectful through activities linked to SMSC, British Values, Personal development and to prepare themselves for the future through real world experiences and CIAG.

General Studies

The General Studies programme will encompass all requirements of character and culture education, PSHE, Citizenship, CEIAG, RSE and including the South Axholme Mindset.  This will also include RE and Computing delivered through the Duke of York programme.

Enrichment

The General Studies program is extended to deliver South Axholme Mindset Cultural Capital  Days which introduce students to the best that has been thought and said and helping to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.’ The days also include essential careers information and guidance to meet the Gatsby Benchmarks e.g. two contrasting visits to Universities and work experience.

Tutor Time

The Tutor Time programme is designed to boost and improve the core skills that aid students’ progress and development across all subjects.  Form Tutors lead their forms in literacy, vocabulary and general knowledge activities during a weekly Tutor Time timetable

The range of activities ensures that there is a lot of time for discussion, this builds the students confidence socially and develops their oracy skills and their ability to form positive relationships.

Register and Read is a weekly reading task consisting of both factual and fictional texts, covering a range of topics (and subject areas).   It is designed to develop the reading skills of inference and deduction.  Each year group has their own PowerPoint to follow.  Students lead this using the following roles of Leader, Predictor, Questioner, Clarifier and Summariser.

Once every two weeks Form Tutors set and explain the spelling rule for a list of spellings made up of commonly misspelled words, subject specific vocabulary, and tier 2 vocabulary.  The following week students are tested.

As part of the Form Time activities students are updated weekly about their attendance and ACHIEVED points total.

Numeracy

South Axholme Academy is committed to raising the standards of numeracy of all of its students; we want our students to be confident and capable in the use of numeracy to support their learning in all areas of the curriculum and to acquire the skills necessary to help achieve success in further education, employment and adult life.

Numeracy is delivered within daily maths lessons as well as being developed and reinforced throughout other curriculum areas. 

Students are supported to develop the ability to use numeracy skills effectively in all areas of the curriculum and the skills necessary to cope confidently with the demands of further education, employment and adult life.

Literacy

Language and literacy are a fundamental life skill, not only to our well-being, personal identity and social and emotional development, but also to our ability to think, understand, evaluate, dissect and disseminate knowledge.

At South Axholme Academy, we believe our students should be given every opportunity possible to develop their reading, writing and speaking and listening skills so that they may access the wider curriculum and lay the foundation for lifelong learning in order to lead a happy and successful life as adults. By being literate, all learners will be able to embrace a wider range of opportunities in all aspects of life.

Reading skills are developed through Register and Read. Fiction and non-fiction texts read in form time weekly. Questions develop understanding and reading comprehension

Spelling and Vocabulary are strengthened through weekly spellings and vocabulary lists. Students tested bi-weekly on their understanding

Oracy skills are developed through SlamJam spoken word competition. Students are offered the opportunity to deliver poetry or stories verbally as part of a regional competition

We also take part in World Book Day and Write Away activities every year. Students encouraged to read and write according to a criteria released each year.

Key Stage 3

Students in Key stage 3 follow a core curriculum covering all National Curriculum subjects.  In addition to this all students will have the opportunity to study Dance and Drama.

Key Stage 4

All students will follow a core curriculum of English, Maths, Science, PE, General studies and options subjects (see below)

Key Stage 4 Options (Year 10 and 11)

In Year 9 students will make option choices for study in year 10. Options include the ability to select one from each of; the arts (comprising art and design, music, dance, drama and media arts), design and technology, the humanities (comprising geography and history) and a modern foreign language.  Option blocks may be different each year for a variety of reasons.  The Year 10 Options for 2020 are shown below:

Key Stage 4 Options 2020

Students choose four from:

  • Art
  • Business
  • Childcare
  • Computing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Engineering
  • French
  • Geography
  • Health and Social Care
  • History
  • Hospitality
  • Media
  • Music
  • PE
  • RE
  • Spanish
  • Sport
  • Triple Science

Key Stage 5

Key Stage 5 will offer students the ability to study subjects at greater depth, working towards academic and/or vocational level 3 qualifications. Students will be given an opportunity to re-sit maths and English if required.  All students will complete work experience and receive a full programme of support towards next steps including Higher Education, apprenticeships or work.

Curriculum, Banding and Grouping

In order to transform lives and create a culture of excellence for all students who attend South Axholme Academy, academic and personal development are at the core of all decisions. Therefore, as an academy we ensure that our students experience learning both in ability and mixed pastoral settings in order to achieve outcomes that drive social mobility and give students freedom of choice throughout their lives.

Year 7

Core Subjects – English, Maths, Science, PE

Students will be organised into two bands: X and Y of even abilities.  Subjects will set the groups by ability within each band.  Initial setting will be based on teacher grades from Key Stage 2.  Setting will be reviewed at October half term following formative and summative assessments at South Axholme.

Non core- subjects

Students will be organised into three mixed ability bands.  Subjects will be able to regroup students within these bands.  Students can be regrouped for: 1) History, Geography, and Spanish; 2) Art, Computing and RE; 3) Food and Design Technology; 4) Music, Drama and Dance

Form Groups and General Studies

Students will be placed in form groups for pastoral reasons based on information received from primary schools.  These groupings will be followed for General Studies lessons.

Year 8

Core Subjects – English, Maths, Science, PE

Students will be organised into two bands:  X and Y of even abilities.  Subjects will set the groups by ability within each band using formative and summative assessment data from Year 7. 

Non core- subjects

Students will be organised into three mixed ability bands.  Subjects will be able to regroup students within these bands.  Students can be regrouped for: 1) History, Geography, and Spanish; 2) Art, Computing and RE; 3) Food and Design Technology; 4) Music, Drama and Dance

Form Groups and General Studies

Students will be placed into form groups for pastoral reasons. These groupings will be followed for General Studies lessons.

Year 9

Core Subjects – English, Maths, Science,

Students will be placed into one band in order to prepare them for Key Stage 4.  Subjects will set the groups by ability within the band using formative and summative data from Year 8.

Non core- subjects

Students will be placed into three mixed ability bands.  Subjects will be able to regroup students within these bands.  Students can be regrouped for: 1) History, Geography, and RE; 2) Food and Design Technology; 3) PE

Options (A and B)

Students who have elected to take Arts subjects early as a trial for Key Stage 4. Art subjects will be in one band and mixed ability based on students’ subject choices.  Where more than one group is available in one band subjects may set by ability.

Form Groups and General Studies

Students will be placed into form groups for pastoral reasons. These groupings will be followed for General Studies lessons.

Year 10

Core Subjects – English, Maths, Science, PE

Students will be placed into one band.  Subjects will set the groups by ability within the band using formative and summative data from Year 8.

Options

Options subjects will be in one band and mixed ability based on students’ subject choices.  Where more than one group is available in one band subjects may set by ability.

Form Groups and General Studies

Students will be placed into form groups for pastoral reasons. These groupings will be followed for General Studies lessons.

Year 11

Core Subjects – English, Maths, Science, PE

Students will be placed in one band.  Subjects will set the groups by ability within the band. 

Options

Options subjects will be in one band and mixed ability based on students’ subject choices.  Where more than one group is available in one band subjects may set by ability.

Form Groups and General Studies

Students will be placed into form groups for pastoral reasons. These groupings will be followed for General Studies lessons.

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