Here at Anker Valley, we strive for excellence across the entire curriculum and our foundation subjects are considered to be as important as the core lessons. We have designed a curriculum which ensures that our children acquire the depth of knowledge, skills and understanding, as well as enjoyment that they require to thrive.
Our foundation subjects are taught through a range of exciting and engaging topic lessons in 6 week units, while maintaining the integrity of individual subjects. Through the exploration of different and diverse themes including: Local area studies, World War II, Anglo-Saxons & Vikings, Kenya, and Sustainability, the children learn about their world both past and present. Within each unit, there are opportunities in the timetable to allow further exploration of theme subjects through the use of languages, food, music, dance and art. Staff will also provide further opportunities for memorable learning through the use of trips, visitors and wider experiences.
Our Computing curriculum is full of opportunities for exciting and inspiring learning. We will teach the children all the Computing skills that they need to aid their progression through their primary lives and help them prepare for their futures. This will include areas of the curriculum like Computer Science, Networking, Communications, E-Safety and Multimedia. Children will be exposed to the correct technical vocabulary and encouraged to use the same words within their work and conversations. The children will have the opportunity to use a variety of different technologies: MicroBits, BeeBots, iPads and ChromeBooks.
We will always aim to encourage all our children to be independent, as we believe this helps them to be the best learner possible. Furthermore, children are encouraged to manage their own risks when browsing the Internet but with the knowledge of the correct procedures of how to report any concerns they have or may find. E-safety is always a concern with the digital-age forever advancing and we consider this to be a high priority to consider. From parent workshops and assemblies to hosting an entire e-safety week, educating the wider community is always something we are willing to help with.
At Anker Valley we believe every child should enjoy RE lessons through participation and exploration, in order to develop an understanding of the influence of different beliefs, values and traditions in an enjoyable, fun environment. By following the Staffordshire agreed syllabus, we will enable our children to develop positive attitudes and show respect towards other people who hold views and beliefs different to their own and towards living in a society of diverse religions and beliefs. Our children will experience a feeling of togetherness through team work activities, positive classroom ethos and the day to day Anker Valley family environment, where children show perseverance throughout their learning. We want to encourage trust in all pupils by taking risks and by enquiring and questioning. Our children will believe in themselves and have high expectations of their own achievements to fulfil their own personal and spiritual goals. Every child will have the opportunity to acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of principle religions represented in the UK, visit a range of different places of worship and explore our British Values.
At Anker Valley Primary Academy, we strive to give all our children an enriched curriculum across each subject. We promote a nurturing learning environment in which each child is encouraged to develop their full potential and where their achievements and successes are celebrated and rewarded. As a school, we believe that children are all individuals and therefore, we aim to encourage mutual respect, responsibility and foster self-esteem in a happy and caring atmosphere, whilst teaching and encouraging children to build their own resilience and to develop a steady growth mind-set.
The teaching and learning of PSHE through the ‘You, Me and PSHE’ Scheme supports and upholds this vision. You, Me and PSHE is a clear and progressive curriculum that is divided into 7 strands that cover topics which are relevant to the lives that children live today and prepares them for the future.
The PSHE curriculum is divided into the following 7 different strands:
- Growing and Changing - Sex and Relationships Education (SRE)
- Drug, alcohol and tobacco education
- Physical health and wellbeing
- Mental health and emotional wellbeing
- Keeping safe and managing risk
- Careers, financial capability & economic wellbeing
- Identity, society and equality
PSHE deals with the diverse beliefs, values and attitudes that individuals and societies hold. We want to help pupils to develop themselves, their understanding of the world, and their ability to communicate their feelings. PSHE helps children to acquire British values and attitudes, which are necessary if they are to make sense of their experiences within school and life itself. PSHE education cannot exist in isolation, it is underpinned by our own school values of having high expectations, care, courtesy, determination, kindness and respect in everything that we do.
Through PSHE, we believe we can enhance children’s education and help them become caring, respectful and confident individuals. We endeavour to help children learn about the importance of healthy, respectful relationships, focusing on family and friendships and teach the protected characteristics as set out in the Equality Act 2010.
The PSHE curriculum will also be woven into the wider learning offered by the academy to ensure that pupils experience positive relationships with adults and with each other and feel valued, and that those who are most vulnerable are identified and supported. Pupils will be encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of our school and community.
Character Education and Virtues
At Anker Valley, we deliver Character Education, the goal of which is the good life: one in which we can flourish as human beings, achieve our potential and live meaningfully and harmoniously in communities with others.
In order to achieve this, we promote the acquisition and development of virtues and it is the virtues we have acquired which go to make up our character. A virtue is the ability to act in a particular way in a specific situation to bring about a good outcome.
Virtues such as courage, kindness, persistence, love of learning and self-discipline are all around us, in us and in the lives of the people we know. Once we have acquired a virtue, we become able to manage our emotions and give reasons for why we choose a particular course of action; we learn to deliberate and assume much more control over how we act in the circumstances we face.
Our desire, by delivering Character Education, is to see our children flourish, thrive and be happy and to live a life which is good and which is supported by strong and supportive relationships. The sessions delivered aim to make teachers and children aware of the process of growth in virtue and to develop not just a vocabulary of the virtues, but an understanding of the process of learning to live a good life so that character education becomes taught and learned, as well as caught.
We aim to provide a PE curriculum for pupils from Reception to Year 6 that promotes enjoyment, but also allows them to experience a range of activities that help them to develop their health, fitness and wellbeing. We intend to offer a high-quality physical education curriculum that inspires all pupils to succeed in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It provides opportunities for pupils to become more confident in a way which supports their health and fitness and help them to embed values such as fairness and respect.
Every child throughout school has 2 hours of taught PE curriculum, utilising the indoor and outdoor space. We use the Power of PE and Imoves Dance schemes to provide us with a structured progressive PE and Dance curriculum. Our medium and long term plans are designed to allow all pupils at the academy the opportunity to achieve the curriculum aims. They are adaptable to allow us to meet the complex needs of our pupils and allow them to achieve their full potential in a fully inclusive approach.
As the school grows, children will have the opportunity to take part in sporting events across the trust and across Tamworth e.g. swimming galas, athletics tournaments, cricket tournaments.