The ‘Futures Curriculum’ is a unique curriculum designed exclusively for our children at Blackley Academy.
From Nursery to Year Six, children will have the opportunities, alongside their timetabled lessons, to take part in school visits, courses, events, activities and more importantly gain skills that will benefit them in future years. The ‘Futures Curriculum’ is designed to increase the future prospects of our children by providing the children with life skills. The children will have a range of different activities to complete by the end of every school year.
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.
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.
Information and Communication Technology
ICT 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
We introduce modern foreign language lessons in Year 1, giving children the chance to acquire useful vocabulary, have fun playing games and singing, and discover from a young age the joy of learning a foreign language.
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.
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.
Long/Medium Term Plans
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