Learning at Ilminster Avenue E-ACT Academy is about values, skills and knowledge. We prepare children for their futures by celebrating all three. Our Academy values are Respect, Responsibility, Compassion, Community, Success and Enjoy.
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, whilst nurturing and fostering a love of learning. We are passionate about how we approach this and use practical experiences to immerse children in everything they do, whilst teaching precisely the next steps needed for each individual to make progress.
Our curriculum evolves each year to ensure it is suitably adapted to every class. Using a cross-curricular approach, each term is based on a topic and exploits the links between areas of learning; we know that this is how children learn best.
Click the buttons below to see our curriculum for each year group. We always adapt our teaching and learning to follow the needs and interests of our pupils, so some of these ideas will change as the year goes on. 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.