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Teaching & Learning

The LEAP Curriculum

Our aim

Our aim is to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum that is inclusive, representative and inspirational.  We expect it to be rigorous in its design with clear outcomes and high expectations and to provide active and relevant learning opportunities, which involve the whole community. We aim for our curriculum to be creative and motivating, nurturing a love and curiosity for learning and developing well-rounded individuals who are curious about the world around them and who are hungry to learn more.

Curriculum Design

Our curriculum is designed to fully meet the requirements of the new National Curriculum but also to ensure that we provide rich learning opportunities, which deepen and extend understanding.  Maths, English and reading are taught daily.  In addition, we have weekly PE, Spanish, music and PSHE lessons.  The foundation subjects are woven throughout the year in our block curriculum ensuring a clear progression of skills and knowledge from year 1 to year 6.  Art is taught alongside History and Geography.  The table below shows how each subject is taught:

Subject

English

Maths

Reading

Daily lessons

PE

2 x weekly lessons

Science

5 x 2 week blocks per year

Languages (Spanish)

1 x weekly lesson

 DT

2 x 1 week block per year plus 1 x DT week

Plus access to Hackney School of Food

History     

Art

2 x 4 week blocks per year

Geography

Art

2 x 4 week blocks per year

RE

3 x 1 week block per year 

Computing

2 x 2 week blocks per year

Music

Weekly plus weekly music assemblies, weekly whole class drumming and peripatetic teaching of other instruments

PHSCE

Weekly plus assemblies

In addition we have a number of themed weeks:

Creativity Week, Spanish Week, STEM Week and DT Week

English and Maths

We are fortunate to live in such a diverse and cultural part of the UK and are aware that a part of that is many of our pupils speak English as an additional language.  We value these languages and celebrate them within the school, such as our International Evening and through our daily routines.   Our English curriculum has been developed to ensure that every child that comes to us, is equipped with the necessary English skills by the time they leave primary school.  We use Read Write Inc for synthetic phonics in Key Stage 1 and the 'Power of Reading' to support effective teaching of English in Key Stage 2.  We also promote the value of reading and teach daily Destination Reader lessons, which have a proven acceleration in children’s progress in reading skills including reading comprehension and vocabulary knowledge. 

In Maths, we use the Maths No Problem scheme of work to support the planning, delivery and assessment of maths.  Maths No Problem teaches mathematical procedure through a variety of problem solving contexts, which develop children’s conceptual understanding as well as make maths relevant to the world around them. 

 

      

      

Decolonising the curriculum

We have taken the decision to remove Black History Month from our special weeks and make a commitment to ensuring that Black History is taught all year round and woven throughout the curriculum.  We have rigorously analysed existing units of work to assess whether they are rich in content, representative and relevant.  Changes have been made to our English curriculum as well as our foundation subjects to ensure that the curriculum we are delivering meets these expectations.  We continue to analyse and assess the impact and value of these changes and welcome feedback from our school community.

             

            

Foundation Subjects

The foundation subjects are an exciting part of our curriculum that allow us to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum, which is rich, relevant and representative.  Geography, History, Art, Science, RE, Music, PSHE, Spanish, PE, Design & Technology and Computing are based on the National Curriculum objectives and are led across all three schools by a Curriculum Leader.  Each leader is an expert in their field and passionate about the subject which they lead.  This has allowed us to maintain a creative and engaging approach to these subjects whilst ensuring rigor and high standards.  The Hackney School of Food also offers a rare and exceptional opportunity for our pupils.  In addition to cooking and gardening lessons, the School of Food is also used across the curriculum to support learning in geography, history, maths, Spanish and science.  For more information about our foundation subjects, please visit the individual subject pages in the Teaching & Learning section of our website.  

How we adapt the curriculum and learning environment for children with Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities (SEND)

At LEAP we strive to improve access to the LEAP curriculum for all children, while breaking down barriers to learning & providing appropriate challenge so that all children can achieve. The LEAP curriculum includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also a range of additional opportunities to enrich the experiences of our children. Our children have access to Quality First teaching. This is a style of teaching that emphasises high-quality, inclusive teaching for ALL children. Our curriculum also includes the social aspects that are essential for life-long learning, personal growth and development of independence.

In addition to this, for SEND children we can provide:

  • A range of teaching strategies
  • Differentiated learning materials.
  • Access to ICT and Technology
  • Additional in class support
  • Additional out of class support
  • Targeted interventions
  • Flexible groupings
  • A commitment that that all children have access to the school curriculum and all school activities.
  • Early identification of additional needs (whether these are educational, social, physical or emotional)
  • Staff awareness and sensitivity to the needs of all pupils
  • A working partnership with parents/ carers, pupils and relevant external agencies in order to provide for children’s special educational needs and disabilities.
  • Opportunities to raise aspirations & self-esteem and celebrate achievements.
  • A Behaviour Policy that uses appropriate rewards and sanctions

More details on how we adapt information, our environment and our curriculum can be found in the Equality Action Plan (which includes our Accessibility Plan) – which is located on the Statutory Information page of our website.

Curriculum Overviews

The curriculum overviews (which can be found as PDFs below) show the overview of units studied from year 1 to 6 and these are supported in school by more detailed documents detailing the objectives and approaches to teaching.

If you have any questions or would like further information on our curriculum please contact the school.