Our curriculum challenges and supports all pupils to reach their full potential in all subjects. We develop their strengths and support them to progress in all areas. We are passionate about how we approach this and use everything from drama, music and art to immerse children into everything they do.
At Ilminster we teach in a cross curricular way, through termly topics. We use very rich texts, mostly from the Power of Reading framework, engage the children. This enables children to make links between ideas and concepts, and learn new skills within a familiar context. Making links and connections between areas of learning, and developing new skills to a mastery level is an integral part of the National Curriculum.
In Year 6 and in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), we plan and respond to what the children need. You can find more details available on the Class pages. Details about every other group’s yearly learning can be found below. Key learning in mathematics and our calculation policy (how we teach addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) can also be found below:
We use the ‘Letters and Sounds’ Phonics programme. Once children have completed the six phonic phases within the programme, we use ‘Support for Spelling’ in Key Stage 2. We use PenPals (Cambridge) to teach handwriting. We use various sources to teach grammar which is generally taught within Basic Skills lessons and across the curriculum. More details about specific phonics and spelling teaching can also be found on the Class pages.
Children in Reception and Key Stage 1 can access free online phonics books from the Phonics Bug Website. These books will be allocated every week and will be at just the right level to support your child’s learning in phonics. Log-in details are available from your child’s class teacher, and we will be running parent workshops soon. Look out for more information in the academy newsletters. Click here to access the ActiveLearn website.
As part of the Ilminster Avenue E-ACT Academy Physical Education programme each year we buy into and therefore become a part of the Ashton Park School Sport Partnership (APSSP). The partnership offers tournaments, festivals, mini-leagues and staff development opportunities throughout the school year and is a valuable tool for all children and staff to work with different peer groups and have the opportunity to compete on a city, county and national scale.
Jigsaw PSHE Programme
Jigsaw PSHE brings together Personal, Social, Health and Economic education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a lesson-a-week programme.
Designed as a whole school approach, Jigsaw provides a comprehensive scheme of learning for Foundation Stage to Year 6. It actively promotes and teaches the five core British Values within it; there is a very clear progression in the teaching of:
- Rule of Law’
- Individual Liberty
- Mutual Respect, and
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
A link to these values by year group and each puzzle piece can be found here. Jigsaw holds children at its heart and its cohesive vision helps children understand and value who they are and how they fit and contribute to the world.