‘If you can dream it you can do it, now go out there and change the world!’ Walt Disney
At Hamilton Academy, our curriculum is designed to enable every child to understand success and acquire the skills to achieve it in ways that are meaningful to their own lives, in order to prepare them to be healthy, happy citizens of the future.
Our Intent is for our children to:
- Develop a positive learning attitude in line with our MAGIC learning ethos
- Be imaginative, creative and reflective learners
- Have aspirations and believe in themselves, reaching their full potential regardless of their starting points
- Be equipped with the necessary life skills to access their community safely and be happy and healthy
- Develop and deepen their understanding of the fundamental British values of democracy, liberty, rule of law, respect and tolerance
- Promote equality opportunity and understand that difference is a positive and not a negative
- Recognise the difference between right and wrong and apply this understanding to their own lives
- Be effective communicators
“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.“ Walt Disney
Our teachers create an environment that focuses on pupils and we have embedded character education, through Disney, to ensure important core ethical values such as caring, honesty, fairness, responsibility and respect for self and others becomes established. Our pupils ‘live’ the academy’s MAGIC learning behaviours, Motivation, positive Attitude, Gumption, Independence and Communication, which are intertwined within our MAGICal curriculum. Our pupils demonstrate a love of learning and they are eager to contribute to all aspects of school life, through the voice of the School Council.
At Hamilton Academy we have adopted the Focus approach to curriculum planning which ensures our curriculum is ambitious and designed to give all pupils, particularly disadvantaged pupils and pupils with SEN and/or disabilities, the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. We teach a broad range of subjects including History, Geography, PE and Science. The arts are celebrated in our academy and this is showcased within our school environment. We also offer extra-curriculum activities such as football, cooking, art and sewing.
Our pupils study the full National Curriculum and over the course of study, our teaching is designed to help pupils to remember long term, the content they have been taught and to integrate new knowledge into larger ideas. Our curriculum considers the changing context of our academy and we equip our pupils with the necessary life skills to celebrate and access their community safely.
We seek to ensure every pupil really does strive to reach their full potential, whatever their starting point and we place great emphasis on pupils learning basic skills. We have a rigorous and sequential approach to the teaching of reading, this develops pupils’ fluency, confidence and enjoyment in reading. Phonics is taught through a systematic approach using the Read Write Inc programme. Pupils read books, which are closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and exception words. We encourage our pupils to read widely and promote a love of literature. Our pupils access the library with their class weekly and enjoy listening to stories daily.
Vocabulary is also central to the curriculum and pupils are immersed in language development. Teachers follow the English Speaking Board programme and Year 2 pupils are externally assessed in their speaking and listening abilities.
Our pupils access Power Maths, a whole-class mastery programme designed to spark curiosity and excitement and embed a growth mindset. Pupils are taught through a concrete, pictorial and abstract approach, which allows all pupils to master the mathematical concepts being taught. Our pupils also have fun learning their times tables, to equip and prepare them for Key stage 2 learning.
We strive to raise our pupils’ aspirations through our enrichment curriculum, offering performance, cooking and healthy eating, design and technology, community project journalist, mindfulness and self-reflection and environmental explorers to all pupils. We have created a ‘child enrichment booklet’, which allows pupils to celebrate the new life skills they have acquired. We endeavour to ensure that our curriculum is full of ‘WOW’ experiences to ensure learning is fun.
Social, moral, spiritual and cultural development is intertwined and celebrated within our curriculum. Pupils are taught to; be reflective about their beliefs, show an interest and respect for others, and are encouraged to offer their views about moral and ethical issues. Classes participate in weekly PSHE and Current Affairs lessons and pupils are also taught Religious Education following the Local Authority’s scheme of work.
“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think"
Christopher Robin, Winnie the Pooh
“I like RWI because I learn new sounds.” Isabelle
“I use my Goofy Gumption and I like to write. I write lots now I’m in Year 1.” Pippa
“I like Power Maths because it’s a challenge. I use my Incredible Independence.” Leighton
“I like solving number sentences in power Maths.” Ted
“I think Hamilton is special and I like my teacher.” Isobelle
“I like English because you get to do lots of writing.” Freya
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