Education at Jewell Academy Bournemouth

What kind of education will Jewell Academy Bournemouth deliver?

The primary school years lay the foundation for learning. During these formative years we want to build the child’s confidence, self-worth and desire to learn and expose them to different aspects of learning. We strive to ensure that all children are healthy, safe and resilient and that they develop the ability and curiosity to learn. Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that we provide helps them to fulfil their potential. We hope that you will be excited about the opportunity for your child to be part of the outstanding education that will be provided by Jewell Academy Bournemouth.

How the Early Year's Curriculum is Covered at

Jewell Academy Bournemouth

 

Four principles shape practice in our Early Years setting.

  1. Every child is unique, constantly learning and we help each one to become resilient, capable, confident and self-assured;
  2. Children learn to be strong and independent through the positive relationships we will foster;
  3. Children learn and thrive in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and carers;
  4. Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.

In Early Years, we provide opportunities to:

  • Play and explore – children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’.
  • Actively learn – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements.
  • Be creative and think critically – children develop their own ideas, make links between ideas and develop strategies for doing things.
  • Use the outdoor environment as much as the indoor environment to promote learning.

By the end of the Reception Year the literacy ability of each child will have been fully assessed enabling us to provide the necessary challenge and support to ensure their positive academic development.

Jewell Academy Bournemouth is an outstanding school with:

  • A relevant,engaging and applied curriculum – a strong focus on literacy and numeracy, but also a broad coverage of other subjects taught within an aspirations framework. Literacy and numeracy will be taught both discretely and through an integrated programme each day.
  • High quality teaching and learning – all teachers are expected to work towards being outstanding practitioners.
  • High standards, high expectations, high aspirations – appearance, behaviour and attitudes are key priorities.
  • Achievement – Jewell Academy Bournemouth works towards high levels of achievement and goes beyond expectations.
  • Aspirations culture – the three Guiding Principles are alive in the culture of Jewell Academy Bournemouth.

Our curriculum weaves together the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum (2014) and the principles of our Aspirations philosophy: Self worth; Engagement and Sense of Purpose.

 

How the National Curriculum is Covered at

Jewell Academy Bournemouth

Core Subjects

 

English

At Jewell Academy we recognise the need to provide a wide variety of enriching activities and experiences in which children are encouraged to communicate and express themselves effectively, creatively and above all confidently. We strive to make English fun and memorable and ensure children have meaningful writing opportunities throughout their thematic topics.

English is defined as the united skills and knowledge of reading, writing and oral language. In order for children to become literate they must understand that the written word is a representation of the spoken word, and that both have a variety of forms related to purpose.

We use elements of Talk for Writing and the programme, ‘Power of Reading’ from Centre of Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE), to support and supplement our English teaching. We combine skills of reading, writing and oracy through a structured style of planning/teaching, focusing on imitation, innovation and independent application. At Jewell Academy the links between reading and writing are crucial to developing effective skills of English. It is essential that children internalise high-quality language and learn to apply reading and writing skills in a meaningful context.

At Jewell Academy we use a handwriting scheme to develop fluency and award pen licences to children whose handwriting is consistently of a high standard. Teachers also use a spelling scheme called ‘No Nonsense Spelling’ and we access a number of strategies to ensure phonics and spelling patterns are embedded. We also have a grammar scheme called ‘No Nonsense Grammar’ and plan and teach to ensure grammar rules are taught within the context of what children are learning in their English lessons.

 

Maths

We teach Maths using a scheme called Maths No-Problem. The scheme is based upon Singapore Maths and is approved by the Department of Education. Children are given the opportunity to explore concepts using a range of manipulatives. This helps to secure their conceptual understanding before moving on to more formal written methods. We actively encourage pupils to demonstrate their understanding in four key ways: with manipulatives, by creating a picture, explaining their methods to others and applying their knowledge in a variety of increasingly challenging ways. Reasoning is a key part of our everyday learning in maths.

At Jewell Academy we also use TT Rock Stars, which helps develop children’s rapid recall of Times Tables and the related division facts. Children participate in this from Year 2 onwards, starting with their 2, 5 and 10 times tables in Year 2, then gradually mastering more of their times tables to increase speed and fluency by the end of their primary education. Booster clubs/lessons take place to support children with their learning. We are also focusing on making sure we are providing lots of challenge for the children working at Greater Depth for their year group.

  Our aspiration is for all children to love maths as much as we do! We believe children should have the confidence to tackle challenging problems and realise that sometimes we might not always get the answer straight away. The most satisfying problem solving takes place when we have to overcome a few obstacles on the way.

 

Science

Science at Jewell is taught in both science-focussed units (such as habitats, forces, and rocks and fossils) as well as ongoing lines of enquiry; plants, weather and the changing seasons. We take every opportunity to allow our pupils to work scientifically through carrying out observations and investigations as well as performing tests and using scientific equipment. A range of resources and teaching strategies are employed to make science learning fun and exciting. We aim to make science as hands on as possible for our learners and have a number of links with local scientific organisations such as the local Raptor Centre, Planetarium and Dorset Scrapstore. Activities with organisations such as these help to fully engage our pupils and create a love of the subject. Each year in the Autumn we hold our annual Science Week which gives our children the chance to participate in a range of exciting experiments with different teachers across the school. Jewell Academy’s commitment to science has seen us earn the Primary Science Quality Mark Bronze Award.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.  There is a possibility this song, along with the choir, will be brought to the Royal Albert Hall in the new academic year which is incredibly exciting news! 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Our Eight Conditions of Learning

Our Eight Conditions of Learning are at the core of our curriculum and all eight conditions are evident throughout the school year. We do however teach discrete lessons each half term related to a particular condition as shown below. Assemblies and Friday aspiration time also offer our pupils the opportunity to reflect and explore each condition in more detail.

Autumn 1-Belonging/Confidence to Take Action

Autumn 2-Heroes

Spring 1-Spirit of Adventure

Spring 2-Curiosity and Creativity

Summer 1-Leadership and Responsibility

Summer 2-Sense of Accomplishment/ Fun and Excitement