At Stanley Grove we are very pleased to offer a rich and varied curriculum throughout each key stage, both in and out of the classroom.
To support each child’s individual learning style and needs, we actively encourage the children to look for links between subjects, to help them to practise the skills they have learned. This associative learning model enables children to learn with a purpose, as we do in everyday life. To develop our pupils’ communication and collaboration skills, lessons encourage interaction and project based learning. This social learning model supports our belief that children learn best when doing so with others. It also ensures there are daily opportunities for children to develop skills of listening, leadership and reflection.
As a Bright Futures Primary Academy, our curriculum is designed to flow through the following steps:
Inspiring the child’s interests and developing a passion.
The children ‘Know Why’… they are doing this.
The subject knowledge that will be explored, developing an understanding.
‘Know That’ … specific pieces of information.
Engaging the child in the subject, asking; ‘what do they want to know more about?’ Developing an ownership.
Know What … they will be doing.
Taken from the inquiry, this aspect looks at what aspects of the topic the children will explore. Developing specific skills.
Know How … to use real world skills.
Exploring deeper and further aspects of subject knowledge and skills, led by children and facilitated by the teacher.
We are also proud of our close relationships with Diane Modahl Sports Foundation, Lancashire Cricket Club and The Youth Sports Trust. Together we provide our pupils with a rich choice of sporting enrichment activities. Ours teams have been successfully competing in city wide finals and are currently city champions in hockey and cricket!
Paws.b Mindfulness Curriculum
In Years 4, 5 and 6 pupils are taught mindfulness as part of our Physical Development, Health and Wellbeing curriculum. Mindfulness is all about
Maths No Problem series is a highly effective approach to teaching Mathematics based on research and evidence. This approach build students’ mathematical fluency, reasoning skills and problem solving without the need for rote learning. These books are the only Mathematics books that meet the Department of Education’s criteria for Teaching for Mastery.
Children in the same classroom may learn the concepts at different paces, but ultimately they all learn them and develop their own solid foundation for further math learning.
Philosophy is a method of thinking, reasoning and making sense of arguments and counter arguments. We want to know about our existence, our relationships and our place within society and the wider world. The Philosophy for Children (p4c) movement started in the 60’s with Matthew Lipman, a university professor from Columbia University. The aims of introducing P4C to very young children is to create a climate where independent thinking becomes the norm. We want our parents to be asking not just what did you do at school today but what did you hear? What did you talk about? What did you think about?
At Stanley Grove primary Academy, we use the Philosophy for Children (P4C) approach, to help our pupils to develop into effective, critical and creative thinkers and to take responsibility for their own learning in a caring and collaborative environment. We do this by providing practical ways of developing good thinking, questioning and communications skills. During philosophy time, children and their teacher share some reading or listening, they then take thinking time to devise their own questions and to discuss them. The group meets regularly and the questions get deeper and more thoughtful. The pupils’ discussions become more disciplined and focused yet, at the same time, more imaginative. They care more about what others say but don’t accept easy answers, developing the ability to recognise differences and explore these constructively.
Our aim is to help our pupils to develop the basic skills and dispositions that will enable them to contribute as responsible citizens of the future. Throughout school, we create caring classroom situations where children learn to listen to and respect each other. We make links between matters of personal concern such as love, growing up, friendship, bullying and fairness and more general philosophical issues such as change, personal identity, free will, space, time and truth.
We are keen to create the conditions where a child’s questioning can flourish, developing children’s abilities to ask their own thoughtful questions, P4C helps to enhance the quality of learning and raise standards of attainment and achievement.