We will provide children with a rich, vocabulary based, broad curriculum, where language and new experiences are at the heart of everything we do
Diamond Wood Community Academy serves a community where 98% of the children have English as an additional language. Language is therefore at the heart of all that we do and is an integral part to our topics. We expect that children will leave us with a broadened vocabulary and be able to express themselves with confidence. We pride ourselves on providing our children with as many meaningful experiences as possible during their time with us. Topics are launched with an exciting “hook”, where children are immersed into new learning opportunities and culminate with a celebratory showcase event, where families are encouraged to join us and share the knowledge that our children have acquired.
The curriculum is topic based, however subjects are explicitly taught. Cross-curricular links are enhanced through our tailored Forest Schools and creative curriculum. The foundation subjects are underpinned and supported by quality teaching and learning of the core subjects, providing the children with a broad and balanced curriculum. Our aim is that this strength supports and enables our children with transferable skills, to continue their learning journey beyond Key Stage 1.
Early identification of need is strong throughout school, pupils with special needs are well supported and resources are deployed where necessary, helping to close individual learning gaps. Our personalised staffing structure enables us to meet the needs of our families and individual pupils.
Our school is committed to serving its community and surrounding areas. We recognise the multi-cultural, multi-faith nature of the United Kingdom and understand the crucial role our school plays in promoting fundamental British Values. Through our five School Values and embedded Language of the Half Term, we celebrate diversity and promote tolerance and understanding. As a predominantly Muslim community, with increasing Eastern European influence, this is essential in order to maintain a harmonious and broadminded community. By working with our families we will create an aspirational community in which everyone is valued and successes are celebrated.
Here at Diamond Wood Community Academy we are in the process of reviewing and adapting our curriculum, to ensure we provide the best possible learning opportunities for our pupils. This is an exciting time for us, as we work collaboratively to reflect upon upon current practice and continuously seek to raise standards. So far, our Subject Leaders have focussed on ensuring all subjects have a clear vision and intent. Subject Leaders have also created their own position statements to provide information about where they are with their curriculum development and what they are working on next. We have worked closely with all staff members and key stakeholders to review our Progression of Skills , Knowledge and Vocabulary Maps. Subject Leaders are currently working alongside local nursery settings and feeder schools, to ensure effective progression for our pupils, as they begin and continue throughout our learning journey. We have been having regular Team Meetings, to ensure information is shared and all members of staff have a clear and strong knowledge of our curriculum. We are working hard to ensure that the gaps created, due to loss of learning during the COVID-19 pandemic are addressed and closed effectively throughout the upcoming years.
Subject Leaders are currently focussing on making adaptations to Subject Policies and dedicated website pages, to ensure that the information provided reflects our current and updated practice.
If you would like any further information on the curriculum, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org and address the email to the relevant Subject Leader, who will be able to help you further.