The Early Years Foundation Stage
In Reception class, children are taught through a wide range of media. They explore the environment using their sense, through investigation, experimentation, listening, watching, social interaction, questioning and exploring. The children have opportunities to choose their own activities, be involved in teacher led activities and small group work. In our school, a safe, secure environment is provided for the children in which to interact and explore rich and diverse learning and developmental opportunities.
During their time in the Reception class, all children are given the opportunity to gain independence and develop a positive self-image through constructive feedback. They develop skills and understanding of the world around them through a range of planned activities both in and out of the classroom, broadening what they know and deepening their understanding.
Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
In Key Stages 1 and 2 we teach the National Curriculum. The curriculum is exciting, engaging, inclusive and progressive which enables all of our children to make progress in all areas of their learning.
The primary aim for teaching English in Browney Academy is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping children with a strong command of the spoken and written word and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.
Lessons cover many different genres and text types, ensuring that all children are able to experience and enjoy varied work from many different literary sources.
A high quality education in English teaches children to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others, and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, children have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually.
In phonics, we use Read Write Inc. as a programme to ensure all of our children become confident and independent readers. It is a clear systematic synthetic phonics programme with a proven track record of success which follows active learning and consistent teaching. Our ‘Love to Read’ modules, provide a creative structure of teaching using a short story or novel to enthuse children into a range of creative writing techniques.
Language skills are essential to participate fully as a member of society; as such, it is important to us that our pupils are able to speak, read and write fluently and confidently in order to access all parts of society and education. Our Lexia programme, supports the development of reading comprehension skills and enables us to close gaps in children’s understanding.
Browney Academy works in partnership with adults in the family home to support children’s reading at home. Each pupil has a personal reading record which shows the progress they have made and allows them to gain 'DOJO' points with extra reading.
Books are sent home from our extensive library, including Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Stars and Bug Club schemes, to name but a few. Each child also has access to library books that are chosen by them whilst being guided by our pupil librarians for age appropriate content and readability.
Browney Academy began the implementation of Maths No Problem across our school in September 2018. The programme is founded on the international research of Piaget, Dienes, Bruner, Skemp and Vygotsky and has been tested and refined over the last 30 years in Singapore. It supports greater depth and meets the expectations of the 2014 National Curriculum. Maths No Problem was assessed by the DfE’s expert panel, which judged that it met the core criteria for a high-quality textbook to support teaching for mastery.
Browney Academy ensures that excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena, practical skills and well delivered scientific knowledge are held high in the teaching of Scientific Discovery. Through teaching methods that are interactive and enjoyable for our pupils, we aim to instil a lifelong interest in science as children learn to understand how it can be used to explain the world around them. To supplement our science curriculum, we use the ‘Love to Investigate’ modules to plan, carry out and evaluate investigations.
Primary education within Browney Academy ensures that children are taught well in all areas of their life, to provide a well balanced and exciting view of the world through geography, history, art, design, modern foreign languages, music and computing – every single week!
Based on our Cornerstones scheme of work, pupils are taught in a truly cross curricular way, as they journey through pyramids, explore nature within enchanted gardens and wonder at the artworks of civilizations that have long since crumbled to dust before recreating these marvels themselves. Building castles and forts, our children train as centurions and rap along to the sounds of nature; even before they’ve baked their bread and sewn super stitches to create their own original masterpieces! Our policies for all foundation subjects are available below, with more information on Cornerstones available here.
To encompass the culturally diverse experiences and population of today's society today, religious education at Browney Academy focuses on Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism (the six largest worldwide religions, based on individual numbers within the faiths). Each half term we focus on one of these religions across the whole school to provide a comprehensive education from Reception right through to Year 6.
We teach the outlooks and traditions of each faith to coincide with its major festivals alongside exciting trips to places such as the Hindu Temple in Newcastle and through artefacts that are available for the children to see first-hand and explore for themselves. In these ways, we ensure that learning in religious education has a strong focus on deepening pupils’ understanding of the nature, diversity and impact of religion and belief in the contemporary world, placing enquiry and interest at the heart of learning.
At Browney Academy we take a progressive approach to physical education (PE) throughout the school. The long term planning units cover: invasion games, striking and fielding, net and wall games, gymnastics, dance, athletics and outdoor and adventurous activities.
PE is delivered by both class teachers and specialist sports coaches. When coaches deliver PE it is an opportunity for class teachers to increase their knowledge of specific sports by observing skills. The scheme of work for PE follows both the QCA units of work and the Core Tasks. Each Core Task focuses on the four aspects of knowledge, skills and understanding identified in the programmes of study for PE: acquiring and developing skills, selecting and applying skills, tactics and compositional ideas, evaluating and improving performance and knowledge and understanding of fitness and health. There are a planning documents and interactive resources to use for each unit of work.
PE and school sport are intertwined at Browney. Coaches who teach PE and model good practice to teachers, also run breakfast and after school multi skills sessions. This provides continuity between all aspects of physical activity and ensures children are taught to meet national curriculum expectations.
At Browney Academy, pupils take part in swimming lessons in Years 1-6 inclusive. As a school, we are proud of the provision offered and expect that by the end of Year 6 we have offered sufficient provision to enable the majority of pupils to ‘wwim confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres’.
In 2017/18 , 100% of our Year 6 children attained this competency.
Outdoor and adventurous activity
To enhance this area of PE, we provide Year 5 and 6 children access to a residential experience in Middleton-In-Teesdale. Last year, children took part in activities led by the Kingsway Centre including abseiling, rock climbing, gorge walking, orienteering and archery.
British Values and SMSC
Our daily lives at Browney Academy encompass all that is great about modern Britain and we display a true commitment to promoting fundamental British values and helping children to becoming equal, fair and informed global citizens.
SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, which is achieved in many different ways through our whole school life.
We are committed to encouraging Christian values through activities such as weekly collective assemblies and strong links with our local parish church. We establish a supportive school ethos by providing relevant activities beyond the classroom, such as ‘Statements to Live By’ and regular interactive assemblies with our pupils that cover current events and socially relevant guidance.
Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance through all parts of the curriculum, whilst our dedicated scheme of work for RE and SMSC provides focused learning in all areas as we enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence; distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England; understand the processes of democracy; accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those in the locality of the school and to society more widely; acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England; further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions and to respect other all people and the law.