Curriculum

At St. Michael's CE Academy, we have designed and planned our curriculum to make full coverage of the National curriculum for England which has to be taught in all local authority maintained schools and academies. Click here for more information.

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INTENT

Our commitment to a curriculum that is rich with challenges and opportunities for investigation and problem solving, both indoors and out, enables all our young people to develop the cultural capital they need to succeed.

The design of our curriculum reflects the profile of our school community. With over 42% of our pupils identified as pupil premium and our school identified as one of the most deprived areas of Wakefield - we place a huge emphasis on giving our children experiences that they may otherwise never encounter and which we know will broaden their understanding of the world and raise their aspirations.  As an example, we do this through frequent and heavily subsidised educational visits and appropriate staffing to support needs.

The design is influenced by the interests of children and staff - e.g. a strong focus on Art, Dance, Drama and Outdoor Learning came through research conducted through questionnaires, pupil interviews etc.

Our curriculum is carefully constructed to ensure key knowledge, concepts and skills are taught systematically and are built upon across the year and throughout school.  This has been supported through intensive work with a national consultant (Chris Trevor) to ensure depth, breadth and continuity.  We also use the Chris Quigley framework to support structure.

Playtimes are learning times - outdoor spaces designed to maximise opportunities for learning through engagement in lunchtime games run by a sports specialist and pupil sports leaders.  A redesigned dining hall to facilitate social interaction during meal times.

Core skills of reading, writing and maths are taught in both discrete lessons and through a rich wider curriculum offer.

Pupils achievement is improving every year as standards rise, but we ensure that due attention is given to their spiritual, moral, social and cultural growth.

SEND provision varies according to need - the majority are taught through quality first teaching with TA support. Some children are withdrawn for interventions as and when needed enabling them to access provision not available in their current year group.. Some children with EHCPs are supported 1:1 usually within the classroom.  Small groups attend nurture groups at varying times during the day (e.g. lunchtime group).  All children receive a challenging and inspiring curriculum offer. Inclusion is a high priority.

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Our Curriculum Links

Our school is seeking to achieve the PSQM standard. Please see the link below for some information on our Science plan. 

SCIENCE 

At St Michael’s, we are committed to providing a broad and balanced PSHCE curriculum.  We are able to nurture and support the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development in young children and promote the fundamental British values in young lives. We support children to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy and independent lives, and become responsible citizens.  Please click this link to see our PSHCE policy statement and scheme of work.

PSHCE

At St. Michael’s CE Academy we use the Read Write Inc. scheme to teach reading and writing through a phonics approach.

Click the link below to find out more about the Read Write Inc. program. 

Please see the LONG TERM PLAN below :