KS1: Purpose of Study
The national curriculum sets out the programmes of study and attainment targets for all subjects taught at Diamond Wood Community Academy. The subjects taught are divided up into two groups; core and foundation subjects.
- Art and Design
- Design and Technology (DT)
- Physical Education (PE)
- Religious Education (RE) – Non statutory framework
- Personal, Health, Social, Citizenship and Emotional (PHSCE) – Non statutory framework
At Diamond Wood we understand that English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. 98% of our children and families speak English as an additional language. Therefore, they can already face many barriers to learning from early on in their school life. Through providing them with a high-quality education in English, we aim to teach them to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them.
We understand that maths is essential to everyday life. It is critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. With this always at the forefront of our minds, our high quality and bespoke ‘Diamond Maths’ curriculum provides our children with a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
From an early age, we want our pupils at Diamond Wood to develop a deep sense of awe and wonder about the world around them. We aim to promote and develop inquisitive minds and curiosity about natural phenomena.
During their time here at Diamond Wood, our children will become mini scientists. Through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics, our children will be taught the essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science.
Through a range of experiences and opportunities in the classroom, educational visits and in their work at Forest School our children will be supported in building the foundations of a body of knowledge and concepts so that they are encouraged to think critically, predict how things will behave, analyse and explain rationally.
We understand that physical activity is necessary to a child's well-being with regard to their emotional and physical development. Here at Diamond Wood, our aim is to ensure our PE curriculum and extra-curricular activities promote effective physical and mental health, personal development through healthy social interaction, and improved academic performance for the well-being of our pupils and their families.
We want our children to become resilient and give them the tools and techniques to manage their physical, emotional and mental health. We want our children to succeed and excel in their own right and at their own level in sport and other physically demanding activities. We will provide our children with opportunities to become physically confident in a way which supports their physical and mental health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities will help them to build character, grow in confidence and embed values such as teamwork, fairness and respect.
Our religious education curriculum promotes the study of religious faiths and practices through a diversity of belief, whilst nurturing a greater depth of critical thinking. It pairs the children’s own beliefs and experiences to fundamental British Values, promoting a sense of community, tolerance and respect for one another.
We want our children to be tolerant of different cultures and have mutual respect as a result of the RE teaching of major world religions and world views. The RE curriculum is enriched by work on British Values in all areas of the curriculum such as encouraging team work in sports, values based learning in PSHE, faith visits and specific days, for example ‘Diwali day.
Personal, Social, Health & Economic (PSHE) Education
Here at Diamond Wood Community Academy, we want to help our children to build their confidence, resilience and self-esteem, and to identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions. This enables them to recognise, accept and shape their identities, to understand and accommodate difference and change, to manage emotions and to communicate constructively in a variety of settings. Developing an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others will help our children to form and maintain good relationships, develop the essential skills for future employability and better enjoy and manage their lives.
History & Geography
At Diamond Wood Community Academy we want to inspire our children to look at the world and its people with curiosity, encouraging them to reflect upon its diversity. We want them to consider their place within the world in respect of their own identity and the challenges of their time.
We want them to ‘get out and about’ as much as possible to build their geographical skills and knowledge about the Earth’s features and develop a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As our children progress through school, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments.
We want our children to be intrigued about the past so that they are eager to know and find out more. Through teaching in history, we will create learning opportunities so that they ask probing questions, thinking critically about the evidence before them and form their own opinions based on their perspectives and judgements.
Information & Communication Technology
Our ICT curriculum encourages children to become digitally literate, developing essential life skills that they will need in adulthood for the future workplace and as active participants in an increasingly digital world.
Computing is an essential skill for life and enables our children to participate more readily in a rapidly changing world. From an early age, our children will learn about control systems and robots, increasing their awareness of many of the operating systems we use to manage our everyday lives. We want our children to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world, teaching them the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. We want them to be able to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content as well as having the ability to express themselves and develop their ideas.
Music, Art & Design Technology
We want to tease out our children’s (sometimes hidden) gifts and talents, engaging them in a world of creativity that will inspire, build confidence and allow them to be inventors in their own right. By offering opportunities for our children to immerse themselves in a creative world, we hope that they will use the skills they acquire and their love of music and the arts to support their well-being.
Music is a language for all, which can engage and encourage pupils to develop their talent as musicians. As our pupils progress through school, they will develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to become composers and to listen to music genres that they may otherwise never encounter.
As inventors, we want our children to feel challenged in developing their works of art; giving them time to research, explore and experiment with their designs. They will think critically about what their individual designs mean to them and bring to others in developing a greater understanding of art and design.
Our children will adopt a hands-on practical approach to designing and making products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. We want our children to be resourceful and take risks in becoming enterprising and capable citizens developing a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.