At Brookfield Academy we provide rich, relevant and varied learning experiences utilising the philosophy of the National Curriculum, which allows children to develop their skills, interests and abilities.
Through our teaching we:
- develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in the core and foundation subjects
- focus on children’s attainment and progress in English and Mathematics
- enable children to become confident and independent learners
- develop children as resourceful, resilient learners using empowering learning skills
- foster children’s self-esteem and help them build positive relationships with others
- develop the highest standards of behaviour and conduct
- develop children’s self-respect and self-awareness and encourage them to show positive attitudes and respect towards the ideas and feelings of others regardless of race, culture or religion
- enable children to understand, feel valued within, and make a positive contribution to the local and global community
- help children grow into reliable, independent-thinking citizens
- help children be proud of their own work and recognise the achievements of others
Brookfield Curriculum and our Teaching and Learning Culture
Our teaching will focus on motivating the children and building on their skills, knowledge and understanding in each area of the curriculum, so that they can reach the highest level of personal achievement. The school’s curriculum is made up of the National Curriculum plus the additional areas we believe will engage our pupils to learn. The school curriculum is organised in a way that teaches the skills necessary to make progress against end of year expectations. Learning is planned through topics. Activities are planned at the start of each topic to hook the pupils into the learning. Topics are enriched further by visits, visitors, development of the arts etc. The school is fortunate to have extensive outdoor grounds, which are used for teaching and learning whenever possible.
How We Teach Reading
In Foundation Stage, we teach discrete phonics sessions daily, based on Letters and Sounds. Children begin when they join in lower Foundation, when they are taught listening skills, oral segmenting and blending of familiar words and rhyme.
In Upper Foundation, the children build on these skills and are taught to recognise letter sounds and names. They are taught how to blend and segment words into their individual sound patterns and are given daily opportunities to apply these to their reading and writing. They are also taught to recognise, read and spell some high frequency words.
In Key Stage One, children have a systematic, discrete phonics lesson each day, following Letters and sounds and using ‘Phonics’ bug’ and ‘Phonics’ Play’ as supplementary programmes. Children are given daily opportunities to practice and apply their skills and are expected to use their phonic knowledge in their reading and writing across the curriculum. Weekly sound patterns are the basis for weekly spelling. This spelling programme continues throughout Key Stage 2 and children are encouraged to apply their new skills in a wide range of writing.
In Foundation Stage, reading skills are taught using a wide range of reading materials. In Lower Foundation, Our children learn how to handle books. They learn that all print carries meaning and they begin to develop an understanding of story structure and characters through daily sharing and discussing stories with adults. We develop their enjoyment of books and aim to ignite a love of reading. They are given opportunities to ‘play’ out the stories they enjoy through role-play, story sacks and small world in the continuous provision.
In Upper Foundation, children have the opportunity to read individually with an adult and are introduced to the Oxford Reading tree scheme which continues throughout KS1. Children further develop their enjoyment of reading through use of a reading area within each classroom as well as adult led story sessions and have opportunity to visit the school library and borrow a book to share with family at home.
In Key stage one, reading skills continue to be developed using a wide range of materials including shared reading, individual reading with an adult and access to our school library. In Key stage one children are taught to discuss and understand the texts they read. This is supported through using Oxford Reading Tree, phonic bug, Project X, Dandelion and Oxford Literacy web reading schemes.
In Key Stage Two, children continue to develop their reading and comprehension skills through individual readers, taught guided reading sessions and class novels. All children have a reading record book and have the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of new fiction and non-fiction titles to suit their individual reading level. To further promote reading for pleasure, each classroom has its own reading area, with a wide range of books including stories, non-fiction and topic related books, where children can freely enjoy.