Curriculum at Keeble
Learning at Keeble Gateway Academy is inspiring and engaging. We use a highly successful curriculum model to ignite a passion for learning and ensure that children are motivated to achieve their best. The Elevate philosophy for teaching and learning is 'Keep Up not Catch Up'. This approach was initially created by Dame Reena Keeble and has been continually developed by schools within Elevate. Across all of our schools there is a relentless determination that children will achieve their absolute potential, regardless of their circumstances or background. This is achieved by implementing cutting edge teaching practice and ensuring that each child has all of the support they need to flourish.
Early Years Foundation Stage
The curriculum in EYFS is child-led and play-based. Children will be taught in Nursery and Reception through play and provision will be based on their interests. This requires excellent, skilled practitioners. The highest quality Early Years’ experience is delivered by establishing a firm foundation on which to build future academic, enterprising, social and emotional successes. Children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning is ignited along with the development of skills needed to learn, form relationships and thrive.
Whilst recognising that every child is unique and joins Keeble Gateway Academy with differing levels of learning and social skills, our aim on leaving Reception is that children are: happy, resilient, capable, confident and self-assured individuals as well as strong, inquisitive and independent learners, who thrive in all areas of learning and development. Our children are capable of developing and sustaining positive relationships within their school community and beyond.
The following documents detail our aims for what can achieve the end of Nursery and Reception, here at Keeble:
The curriculum across the school at Keeble Gateway Academy is broad and balanced. We have a creative approach which is specifically tailored to our children’s needs. As a staff we give careful consideration to our children, their experiences and needs and develop a curriculum model that caters for them specifically. Our curriculum from Year 1 is delivered through 'Learning Missions'. These are whole-school, cross-curricular topics that aim to inspire and excite children about new learning. The children go on a learning journey from launch to landing. Children use knowledge organisers to support their learning so they remember long term the content they have been taught.
Our curriculum approach:
Inspire learners through an event to 'hook' their interest and imagination. This may be a visit, visitor or whole school event.
Teachers lead pupils on a learning journey. Learning is deep due to teachers subject knowledge. Pupils are inspired by exciting and innovative approaches. Cross-curricular links are meaningful.
There is a celebration of the learning and a showcase of work, often including parents and members of the community.
The National Curriculum is used to inform planning for all subjects. Our curriculum intent is to:
- Ensure that all children feel safe, happy and valued as individuals and embed values of love, kindness, self-belief and aspiration.
- Have the highest expectations for what all children can achieve regardless of background or starting points.
- Confidently challenge and confront injustice and inequality as articulate advocates of change, celebrating and respecting diversity.
- Prepare children for their next steps; from key stage to key stage and beyond.
- Be child-led, engaging and innovative through a creative and ambitious approach.
- Encourage our children to consistently try hard even when they encounter difficulties.
- Immerse our children in outdoor learning and use forest schools principles.
- Ensure children receive valuable support at home through excellent parent partnerships.
- There is emphasis on knowledge and vocabulary acquisition and teaching is carefully structured to enable pupils to remember what they have been taught. Learning across the curriculum is sequentially planned to build on knowledge and skills.
- Reading is an integral part of the curriculum.
- Community links are central to ensuring our children have a broad understanding of the local world around them.
- Children will be given opportunities to explore and appreciate different cultures and beliefs through global learning experiences.
Our Golden Threads of Nurture and Relationships, Highest Expectations and Creative and Innovative Sequential Approaches are embedded throughout our Curriculum.
Please also refer to our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Policy.
If you would like to find out more about our curriculum, please contact Miss Burrell our Assistant Headteacher.