Curriculum Overview

Our aim at Gossey Lane Academy is to ensure that we are offering a broad, rich and balanced curriculum; that offers a range of engaging and exciting learning opportunities, which in turn will enable our children to become successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens!

We believe  our ‘Rainbow Curriculum” enables the teachers to plan and deliver engaging activities; in turn allowing children to make clear links within their learning and the opportunity to apply skills across the curriculum and giving their learning purpose!

Our creative approach to learning provides opportunities for children to make choices, take risks, take responsibility for their own learning, learn in a variety of ways and to make links across their learning where possible.

In EYFS children learn through a combination of child led and adult initiated activities. The learning environments (both indoors and outdoors) are structured so as to enhance learning across all the areas of learning. In Nursery there is a specific emphasis on social skills, language development, creative play, basic understanding of number, and letter and sound recognition. In Reception daily sessions of phonics, letter formation and number work are taught, as well as child initiated activities and teacher led activities through topic based work.

English: Throughout Key Stage 1 children develop their reading skills with daily phonics lessons in accordance with their specific needs. Those children who have completed the phonic programme move on to a comprehension based programme. We teach phonics using the Read, Write Inc approach. (See our separate policy for details)

Writing is taught daily through the school’s comprehensive English scheme, with further opportunities for writing at length being provided through subjects such as RE, Science and My Learning Journey. Whenever possible, children are given an opportunity to write for a real life purpose.

Maths: Children learn through the Singapore approach to mastery in mathematics. Further opportunities for enrichment of mathematics is developed through subjects such as ICT, Science and My Learning Journey. The children also engage in daily arithmetic sessions and partial timetables.

My Learning Journey is a fun, engaging, personalised, skills based curriculum tailored to the needs of the children at Gossey Lane Academy. Changing on a half termly basis, it revolves around a specific curriculum area or topic. Each topic begins with a Sensational Starter, Marvellous Middle and Fantastic Finale.  These might include a day trip out, dress up day or may involve a visitor to the school. These essential components of My Learning Journey are incorporated  so as to maximise learning opportunities and to provide real life experiences for the children within the local and wider community .

Our Rainbow Curriculum is also underpinned by our Gossey Life skills.

PE is taught in all year groups twice weekly (with each class receiving one session per week, led by Aspire coaches.

RE is taught in accordance with the Birmingham Agreed Syllabus through our new RE discover scheme.

For PSHE we follow the JIGSAW programme which works in synergy with the RE scheme.  We also have a whole school focus on VALUES education.

ICT and Science are taught discretely with opportunities for cross curricular learning through English, Maths and My Learning Journey.

Children in Key Stage 2 learn French using our new scheme, Le Jolie Ronde.

Whole school assemblies are held to celebrate the religious days and festivals of different faiths, and to celebrate children’s achievements and attendance. Class assemblies focus on PSHE and VALUES education. Children will also discuss local, national and global issues in the news.

Yearly Overview of Curriculum 2017-2018

For my details please refer to our Curriculum Policy 2017- 18



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