Foundation Subjects

 

Art and Design

Art is taught in small groups to enable children to have quality access to art skills learning. Children are taught to use a variety of media and then they explore the media further creating their own works of art and designs. Teaching covers all of the elements of art including drawing, painting, printing, construction, 3D work in clay, plaster, modelling and recycled materials. Children also have frequent opportunities to do cooking, gardening, drama and dance. Our children are very creative! They also enjoy the creative homework menus from which they can choose art projects linked with their thematic topic.

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Computing

Computing is taught both across the curriculum and also in separate Computing lessons where our children learn important coding and programming skills. Children at the younger end of the school start out on their programming journey using programmable devices such as Beebots, and soon move onto simple programming software on iPads.  As the children grow they take on more challenging computing lessons, often using Discovery Coding, which gives the children the opportunities to design and control their own games and digital animations. In addition, the children are regularly briefed and involved in discussions about e-safety, both from the school and e-safety visitors such as community police officers and even guests from AFC Bournemouth.

Websites to support coding and ICT skills: 

http://code.org/

http://scratch.mit.edu/

http://https://www.codeclubprojects.org/en-GB/

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Geography and History

The humanities are taught through cross curricular topics. Our geography focussed topic is in the first half of the Autumn term every year and links with the Aspirations Condition of BELONGING. In year 3 pupils learn about Bournemouth and the local area. Pupils look at Great Britain as a whole and learn major features of the world e.g. continents and seas. In year 4 pupils learn about Spain and other European Countries. In Year 5 a world view is taught and in Year 6, a global phenomenon. Geography teaching is often linked with art and design too.

Our history focussed topic is taught through the Aspirations Condition of HEROES. Children learn about the different historical periods through the people and heroes of the times. At Jewell Academy we study history chronologically and learn about prehistoric times right up until the present day. History teaching is often linked with drama and speaking and listening.

Useful Websites:

http://horrible-histories.co.uk/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/forkids/

Oddizzi-https://www.oddizzi.com. Jewell students have their own logins to enable them to fully access website- (Username is class name and 2018 e.g Rubies2018.) Password is Jewell for all pupils.

https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/

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Modern Foreign Languages

At Jewell Academy we teach French in KS2. Teachers link the language to our topics wherever possible and focus on key vocabulary and conversational skills. In addition to our curriculum lessons we also run an after school French club that facilitates some of our pupils developing their language skills still further.

Useful website for home: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primarylanguages/french/

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Music

Music is something that every child has the right to access and, here at Jewell Academy, every single child is provided with many different opportunities to enjoy this unique subject area. Music has the power to help children express themselves and to learn about different cultures, traditions and histories, forging important links between the home, school and the wider world. Children at Jewell Academy love music!

At Jewell Academy we use the Charanga Musical School to deliver our lessons. Through the Musical School programme the children develop their understanding, make musical judgements, apply their new learning, develop their aural memory, express themselves physically, emotionally and through discussion and create their own musical ideas ideally motivating and capturing each individual’s personal interest. Each unit contains activities and games that cover the musical dimensions, (formerly elements – pulse, rhythm, pitch etc) through singing and playing instruments and listening and creating music – all intrinsically linked through a central song or piece.

Jewell Academy ensures we follow the National Curriculum for Music guidelines ensuring that all pupils:

‘Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians’.

National Curriculum Music (2014)

Every week in singing assemblies, songs are carefully chosen which reflect our aspirations.  These fun songs are taught using Singup, acapella techniques or piano accompaniment.

 

Outside of the classroom, we are very lucky to have Mr Tucker (a local musician) teaching peripatetic instrumental lessons in guitar and ukulele.  We are also very lucky to have our parent volunteer Mr Pittori teaching drumming every week. Mr Tucker and Mr Pittori both facilitate bands using an exciting initiative called The Big Collaboration, where children are given the opportunity to apply their musical knowledge through collaborating ideas to create music. A range of instruments are provided, such as electric guitar, bass, drums, vocals and piano.  There are opportunities for other instruments to be incorporated if a child has a yearning to try something different.

At Jewell, we see the importance of embracing and celebrating children’s musical achievements. Therefore we hold performances for the school, parents and the wider community where our budding musicians showcase renditions of various songs or original compositions.

The choir at Jewell Academy are very active. They perform every term in school or at local and national concerts.  Recently, the choir took part and helped compose the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s 125th anniversary song with composer James Redwood at The Lighthouse in Poole and The Royal Albert Hall! They have also taken part in Young Voices which takes place in the O2 in London every year.

We work very closely with our local music hub SoundStorm where we regularly access an exciting and inspirational range of musical events, workshops and concerts for the whole school.

We have found at Jewell Academy, learning to perform, compose and collaborate in music lessons helps children gain valuable lifelong transferable skills such as mindfulness, self-discipline, self-confidence, creativity, resilience, reflectiveness, leadership and teamwork, all of which reflect our aspirational ethos.

 

We use Charanga to support us in teaching music and very soon, your child will have their own log in. Please go to https://charanga.com/site/ to log in.

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PE

Children at Jewell Academy have many opportunities to be physically active every week and they really engage well in the wide range of activities we offer. Sports Premium money has targeted the PE curriculum (including training and resources for staff), equipment and specialist sports coaches (including rugby, zorbing and gymnastics).  We have put a great deal of effort into making sure that we are well resourced to enable us to offer a high level PE to all children. Children take part in at least two PE lessons per week and there are a large number of well attended after school clubs available too.

During our timetabled PE lessons, children focus on and develop their fundamental movement skills through the use of the Real PE curriculum. This is an innovative, fun and engaging curriculum which ensures that children are developing the range of vital movement skills that can be transferred to more specific sports. In their other weekly lesson, children have the opportunity to use and apply these skills in sports specific activities including football, tennis, rugby and gymnastics.

Children have the opportunity to take part in tournaments with other schools and each year, the whole school takes part in Sports Day where children work alongside and support others as well as focus on their own personal achievements.

Currently, our children have swimming lessons in Year 3. The block of lessons lasts for 2 terms and takes place at the local Littledown Centre. Children are put into one of three groups and the swimming teachers teach them key skills whether they are a beginner or a more competent swimmer. The progress seen across the ten weeks is amazing and each session is engaging and as individualised as possible.

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PSHE/SRE and British Values

Personal, Social and Health Education, including Sex and Relationships education is taught throughout the school. We use resources such as the Jigsaw and SEAL schemes as well as using online resources and those produced by charities and organisations such as NSPCC. Themes such as beginnings, friendships, tolerance, diversity, conflict resolution, abuse, sexual exploitation, substance misuse, etc are covered in this weekly lesson. Children are encouraged to think for themselves and debate with others, accepting differences and exploring a social and moral code. We develop good citizenship through celebrating pupil voice, democracy, respect and British Values.

Useful websites to support at home:

Road Safety-https://www.think.gov.uk/education-resources/

E-safety-https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/5_7/leeandkim/

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RE

At Jewell Academy we follow the Local Dorset Agreed Syllabus and use a scheme of work called ‘Discovery’.

We seek to make sure that our children learn to respect and value the contribution made by followers of different religions to our world and gain some understanding of the different beliefs people follow. We hope that through our curriculum children will appreciate the variety of different religions in our community as well as learning how religious beliefs can affect the way we behave and the things we do.  We welcome visitors to help us learn about different religions and we also run several year group visits to local places of worship.

In their time at Jewell Academy children will learn about the 6 major faiths; Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/religion/