Children in reception (EYFS) follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum while children in years 1-6 follow the National Curriculum.
The Academy provides a rich curriculum where our subjects are well planned and resourced. Academy staff spend a lot of time refining and improving the curriculum in light of pupil choice and playing to their own strengths. In addition to this, we also provide children with a wide range of visitors to the school to enhance the curriculum and allow the children to see the curriculum in action. These include visitors such as Tamworth Football Club, a professional artist, a published author, Staffordshire Performing Arts Peripatetic Teachers and the local Police, Fire Brigade and Street Wardens. We also go on trips to Tamworth Castle, The Snow Dome, Think Tank, Drayton Manor to name but a few. The amount of time children spend on each subject varies according to year group, but at least 3 hours daily is spent on Literacy and Numeracy.
Phonics and Reading Schemes
A reading scheme is a structured and levelled set of books tailored to your child’s reading level. At Moorgate we don’t just use one reading scheme, we ensure that children have a broad range of books through various reading schemes such as Oxford Reading tree, Songbird Phonics and Project X. We also offer high quality fiction and non-fiction books that are banded at an appropriate level. For more information on the various reading schemes and for additional free eBook’s that you can read at home, visit:
As pupils start Reception we introduce them to ‘Jolly Phonics’ to begin their letters and sounds journey. In Year 1 we use Letters and Sounds as a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonics skills with the aim of being fluent readers by the age of 7. Pupils in Year 1 will individually take part in the Phonics screening check. It is designed to give teachers and parents information on how your child is progressing in phonics. We will then report your child’s result at the end of the summer term.
Science and the Foundation Subjects
The school is well resourced with 2 laptop trolleys, touch screen boards in every classroom and also other laptops/desktops in each class. The Academy places a strong emphasis on the role of ICT in school and has recently purchased more digital cameras, recording devices and wireless tablets to ensure the children have the capacity to enhance their curriculum through the use of ICT.
PE is taught discretely with 2 hours allocated for every class per week. The Sports Premium funding allows us to really focus on the development of PE through the curriculum we deliver, staff trainining, expert coaching and quality resources.
For all other subjects, at Moorgate Primary Academy we provide a creative curriculum based around the Cornerstones Curriculum.With the new National Curriculum being introduced by the Government (2014-15) we have been working hard to refresh our school approach and provision for pupils. As part of this work we have decided to implement the new Cornerstones Curriculum, a nationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children.
What is the Cornerstones Curriculum?
The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the new 2014 Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. Our new curriculum will be delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) which will provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children’s learning.
We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Our new curriculum will provide lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that will require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum.
Cornerstones also provide a rigorous essential skills framework that outlines the end of year expectations in all subjects. These essential skills are tied to activities and are age related so that staff can track children’s progress and identify their individual learning needs.
How can I find out more information about the curriculum at Moorgate?
Follow the links:
View our creative curriculum overview.