Our approach to the curriculum at
Upton Cross ACE Academy
ACE Definition of Learning
Learning is like overlapping waves: A gradual ebbing and flowing of the frequencies of alternative ways of thinking, with new approaches being added and old ones being eliminated as well. New rules / strategies / theories and ways of thinking wash through our minds like waves sometimes obliterating what was there before, sometimes pushing suddenly forward in great surges.
Upton Cross ACE Academy
As a school, we endeavour to embrace outdoor learning and enrichment as the basis of our curriculum. We educate all of our children from 3 to 11 years of age and believe experiences beyond the classroom have an enormous impact on the character building of our children.
We promote the 6 R’s of learning: Resilience, Responsibility, Readiness, Resourcefulness, Relationships and Reflectiveness. As a team we have identified that these core skills underpin all aspects of learning for each of our individuals and we respect each and every child’s particular needs and ambitions.
As a small school, we celebrate our ability to successfully adapt the 2014 National Curriculum to enable all of our children to have a wholesome approach within mixed aged classes. Outdoor learning underpins all areas of study enabled by our incredible outdoor facilities. These include a Forest School, kitchen garden, African cob house, old walled yard, chicken coup, quiet areas, an extensive sports field and multi-purpose playgrounds. We also enrich our curriculum by welcoming speakers and theatre companies, as well as educational visits for all ages and residential experiences within KS2.
Our curriculum focus enables the inclusion of all pupils regardless of ability, special educational/disability or medical needs. We strive to provide opportunities for all of our children in our community to reach their optimum potential and we assess, construct and deliver the curriculum to reach all levels of learning.
We have recently re-designed our school curriculum in response to the new National Curriculum which came into effect in September 2014. We have three classes of mixed age groups which present many challenges to our teachers when planning activities and lessons for our children. All work is differentiated according to each child's ability through either planning, support staff, resources, questioning or outcome. The staff are committed to enabling each child to reach their individual potential and enjoy being an active learner.
We teach Literacy and Numeracy each morning with each Class having the extra support of an experienced Teaching Assistant. The afternoons are devoted to a range of subjects and topic based activities. We have a specialist Sports Coach who delivers high quality PE to all our children each week. Our children, who cannot yet swim 25m also attend weekly swimming lessons each year for 10 weeks in Years 2, 3 and 4. We send out information each 1/2 term to parents in their Home/School Book as to the topic for the term, with a homework topic grid. A weekly home communication letter is produced which outlines any particular dates or learning for that week and contains homework reminders for Mathletics, reading and spellings.
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