The ‘E-ACT Passport’ is a unique curriculum designed exclusively for our children in E-ACT Academies.
The E-ACT Passport is an official document issued by a government (or an academy) to its citizens (better known as pupils) authorising its owner to take part in a variety of wonderful challenges and a plethora of exciting experiences that are sure to enrich.
While the E-ACT Passport will almost certainly not be accepted at the check in desks of most airports, it will definitely enable every one of our 15,400 primary and secondary pupils to take part in activities and challenges that aim to raise aspirations.
The passport is designed for children from nursery up to the end of Year 13, and will give pupils access to life enriching activities relevant to their age groups as they graduate from one year to the next.
The passport works by giving pupils the opportunity to take part in a range of challenges or have enriching experiences in line with our values of thinking big, doing the right thing and showing team spirit.
Passport challenges provide E-ACT pupils with opportunities they may not even know exist. For instance, it may be that they are challenged to walk or run two thirds of a marathon or take part in a mind relaxation course. They might even market and advertise a product!
The passport is about raising our pupils’ aspirations and confidence levels so they begin to believe in themselves and understand that there is nothing holding them back, including where they happen to live or their family’s experience in education.
Thinking big and breaking those glass ceilings is so important. By giving pupils access to a broader curriculum through the E-ACT Passport, we can encourage them to step out from their comfort zones, build self esteem and broaden horizons.
Don’t forget your passport…
Literacy / English
At E-ACT Blackley Academy, we reinforce the strong links between reading, writing, speaking and listening in our approach to teaching English. The ethos within our Academy is to ensure children have plenty of time for discussion to develop and enhance their reading and writing skills within the context of a growth mindset environment.
In our Curriculum, we use a range of genres and topics to immerse our children into a world of creative language, imagery and enjoyable experiences in order for them to achieve their full potential in English.
As your child becomes a confident reader and writer, our literacy provision will change with them, challenging and nurturing their new skills. We will use a range of targeted intervention programmes for those children that would benefit from a little extra support. We will promote opportunities for children to practice these skills at home through a range of ICT software.
Reading is central to English lessons at the academy. We use high quality, popular texts to engage the children in their learning. Within English lessons, children take part in reading, writing and spelling/grammar activities based around the texts that they are studying. Speaking and listening is highly valued and children are encouraged to debate issues that arise from texts, using formal language structures. As your child becomes a confident reader and writer, our literacy provision will change with them, challenging and nurturing their new skills. We will use a range of targeted intervention programmes for those children that would benefit from a little extra support.
Phonics – Key Stage 1 follow Letters and Sounds and Jolly Phonics.
See the attached document for an overview of the texts that the children experience within our English Curriculum.
Our vision for our pupils is that they enjoy, achieve and become lifelong readers. We aim to achieve this by providing pupils with many opportunities to read for pleasure, working in partnership with parents to support home/school reading, teaching discrete daily phonics sessions, and whole class reading sessions.
Reading is a priority here at E-Act Blackley Academy and it is at the heart of everything we do! Books are placed at the heart of every topic and reading is integral to everyday school life. We no longer teach guided reading, however whole class reading is taught at least twice each day, through our English lessons (fiction) and within our foundation subjects (nonfiction).
For children who are developing their reading skills we use books bands to support the children’s reading at home. As children progress through different levels of reading and move towards becoming a free reader, we have a wide variety of classic and more modern texts available for them in each class for them to read and be enthused by.
We are really lucky to have a wonderful library within our Academy where Mrs Wall, our librarian is on hand to assist the children with all their reading needs and questions.
Each week, every class has the chance to go to the Academy library and enjoy the variety of text types and authors available. The children have the opportunity to sign up to read their chosen book in the classroom or to the other children. This encourages children to read aloud using expression and intonation and to be aware of the listener.
We have made some excellent links with the local Library over the years. This year, we’ve already had an author visit to the school and will be visiting the local Library throughout the year for many different reasons. These events are a great to encourage children to develop a love of books.
We work closely with Manchester City to inspire children to read. In the past our children have read with some of the Manchester City players and taken part in the Manchester Bee Reading and Writing Project.
Reading at home:
We encourage all the children in our Academy to read at home daily with their adults. Our approach to home/school reading is for adults to support children with their decoding skills and phonic knowledge as well as supporting children with their comprehension skills. Comments in the children’s reading diaries should focus on both these skills to ensure that children progress in all area of reading. For children from Years 3-6 they also have a reading journal where they are expected to complete at least one activity a week at home.
Home/school Reading Encouragement
Every class has a record as part of their reading corners showing how many times each child has read at home with their grown-ups. The children will highlight the record sheet every time they have read at home and their adult has signed their reading record. When a child has highlighted 5, 10 and 15 squares they will receive a certificate. The first child to reach the end of their chart in a half term will receive their very own book.
What should reading look like at home?
- Establish a regular time and place for daily reading, such as before bed. Switch the television or games console off and listen to your child read in a calm, quiet environment. Use the reading prompts sent home to support your child with their reading and comprehension skills.
- Keep a variety of reading materials available (picture books, fiction, non-fiction, chapter books, atlases, dictionaries, magazines, newspapers, join the library and visit regularly).
- Role models – share your own experiences of books (eg. talking about favourite book) and read yourself – children will want to follow your example.
- Lots of talk! Ask questions encouraging children to think and make predictions about what they are reading.
- Involve children in reading/ writing for specific uses as well as pleasure (eg. shopping list).
- Respond positively to children’s reading and help them with things they find difficult.
If you need any help with any aspect of reading with your children at home, then please either speak to your child’s class teacher, or Mrs White, our English co-ordinator.
This is an excellent project that we set up last year and proved to be a great success to promote reading for enjoyment. We believe that children will make more progress with their ability to understand and enjoy a text when they enjoy the experience. Each class has chosen 2 reading buddies to take part in the project. The older children have been partnered with a class of younger children so that they have the opportunity to spend some time in the library together, listening to each other read and talking about stories and books that they both enjoy. They have each had some training and have reading buddy prompt cards to help them. We set up a cosy, quiet area outside the library so that the children can read in a quiet, calm environment. The feedback from the children on this project has been very positive and the children involved have made good progress with their reading.
Each week, a class delivers a class assembly about something they have been learning about to the whole Academy. Parents are invited to the assembly and are invited back to the classroom to share some reading time with their children. This is becoming increasingly popular with more and more parents attending each week. Please try and join us next time your child has a class assembly – we would love to see you!
Special Reading Events:
Whenever there are special reading events being held, E-Act Blackley Academy takes part!
So far this year we have dressed up for Roald Dahl’s birthday back in September. Every class chose their favourite Roald Dahl book to focus on and then used it for some really creative English lessons. Have a look at the class pages to see what everyone got up to.
As the year progresses, we are looking forward to celebrating World Book Day on 1st March 2018. Check out the World Book Day website for what will be coming up soon. http://www.worldbookday.com/ This year we will be doing things slightly different. Each class will be selecting a new or newly published author to focus on. Each class will plan a one week English Unit based around the book. You should’ve received a letter by now explaining what book and author your class will be focussing on and what they can wear on World Book Day.
Numeracy / Maths
In their early years at the academy we will use many resources – including indoor and outdoor play – to pique your child’s interests in numbers. As their understanding deepens, they will benefit from more formal teaching and number activities.
We also utilise ‘Mathletics’, an online resource which allows children to compete against others in the UK and overseas on a range of fun and exciting maths challenges. Pupils also benefit from targeted intervention programmes for those who require additional support.
It’s important to teach even young children about the relationship between physical activity and their personal wellbeing. PE lessons will also include education about healthy eating.
Computing runs through our whole curriculum, with even the youngest children in our academy becoming familiar with computers and concepts of safety online. Lessons feature interactive whiteboards, used by both teachers and pupils.
RE is an important part of our curriculum, for all age groups. Just as our academy is reflective of multicultural Britain, and inclusive for everyone, so our RE classes explore a wide range of faiths.
Science is an extremely important part of our curriculum from Nursery to Year 6. In the Foundation Stage, the children focus on ‘Understanding the World’ from the Development Matters document and Key Stage One and Key Stage 2 follow the units and objectives of the New Science National Curriculum Programme of Study. Science is taught as a subject in its own right but when designing our new two year long term thematic approach curriculum the science units were selected for each term with links to the topics where appropriate. The thematic topic based curriculum enables the children to make cross curricular links between subjects and the skills they use.
Modern Foreign Languages
Pupils from years 3 – 6 will receive one hour of Spanish teaching each week. We aim to encourage Spanish language acquisition through lessons consisting of a range of activities such as group work, speaking practice, games and songs. Lessons will also provide the opportunity for students to learn about the culture and geography of Spain and Latin America.
Creativity will be hugely important to the life of our academy, and we will look to link with and access the resources and expertise at another nearby E-ACT academy, The Oldham Academy North which specialises in Performing Arts. Music and singing will be encouraged in their own right, and used to enhance the rest of the curriculum.
Pupils from years 1 – 6 receive one hour of Music teaching each week covering performance, singing, music theory, history and provides an opportunity for children to listen to music from a range of different eras and cultures.
Below is an example of the some of the topics which each year will learn about throughout the academic year:
Year 1: Long and short sounds, Emotions in music, Rain Rain Go Away, Rhythm patterns
Year 2: Peter and the Wolf, 1960s music, 1950s music, Musical stories
Year 3: Notation, Orchestra, Grease the musical, Kerry Andrew – No place like
Year 4: Sounds, Romans the musical, Reggae, Hip-Hop, Music structure, Pop
Year 5: World music, African drumming, Samba, American Rodeo
Year 6: Music til 1900, Music from 1900 to now, Composition and performance, The Nutcracker, Music in and about the great war.
Key stage 2 children have the opportunity to learn how to play the steel pans with Mr Yankey, one of our musicians in residence, throughout the year. Some children will be introduced to the steel pans for the first time and some children will continue to develop their skills from previous years.
Key Stage 2 children also have the opportunity to learn how to play the violin. Our violin teacher comes in every Tuesday to work with our children.
Brass and Woodwind Instruments
Children in Key Stage 2 have the opportunity to play a variety of brass instruments if they express an interest. They can choose from many different brass instruments, including the trumpet, trombone, clarinet and flute. The brass and woodwind teacher comes in every Thursday.
Personal, Social and Health Education
PSHE boosts your child’s self esteem and emotional intelligence by exploring concepts that include confidence, resilience, tolerance and respect. Visitors such as health workers will come in to teach about healthy living and personal safety.
History and Geography
Parents or other members of the public can find out more about our curriculum via the button below or by calling into school and asking to speak to Mrs. Croke