At Nightingale Community Academy we take pride in challenging all students to strive for academic, creative, sporting and personal accomplishment within a broad, vibrant and enriched curriculum. As well as focusing on the National Curriculum for Key Stages 1 and 2, the primary school aims to equip all of its students with the skills necessary to for success.
English is taught daily, with an emphasis on ensuring students are secure in the basics of reading and writing. We use programmes such as Read, Write, Inc. to support phonics development, Startwrite to support handwriting, and a variety of texts are used in class to develop wider literacy skills such as reading for meaning. Adults regularly listen to students reading and they are encouraged to read aloud in front of each other to develop their confidence. English activities are also incorporated into child-initiated play and regular opportunities for reading and writing are provided through lessons on the current class topic.
Maths is also taught daily. Abacus and a range of other ICT programmes are used to develop understanding. Students practice functional maths questions alongside mental maths, which help to develop their application of their mathematical learning to real life situations. As with English, maths activities are incorporated into work stations during child-initiated play and there are regular opportunities for practising maths during topic lessons.
Each class enjoys the active development and interaction science brings. Students participate in lots of ‘hands on’ activities. We are even lucky enough to have weekly visits to the onsite farm, where students can learn how to nurture and care for animals while learning about where their food comes from and how it is produced.
Students take part in two P.E. lessons each week. Two classes have a 30 minute swimming lesson each half term to ensure that they are continuously developing their skills. The other session is planned and delivered by the class teacher and covers a range of areas, such as team games, dance and gymnastics. Students also visit Lady Allen Adventure Playground on a weekly basis to further develop their physical skills, particularly their gross motor skills and spatial awareness (along with their imagination!)
Other subjects, including History, Geography, R.E., Music, Art, Design Technology (including cooking) and Computing are taught through a topic-based curriculum.
Medium term plans (Schemes of Work) are produced and adapted regularly to suit the ever-evolving needs and interests of the students in our classes.
We aim to prepare all of our students for KS1 and 2 tests in English and Maths and all students meeting the minimum standard are entered for SATs.
Finally, at Nightingale Community Academy our goal is to instil a love of learning and a strong grounding for future success.