‘We’re proud to be a Word Gap Partner School in association with Oxford University Press. We’re committed to closing the word gap and improving children’s vocabulary and wider life chances.
Our Curriculum Intent What is special about the curriculum at All Saints?
Our curriculum intent has been created from a precise understanding of the context, which we serve so that our vision is focused on the academy in the community of Bloxwich and the community in our academy. This does not just stop at Bloxwich as we develop children to look beyond their community and develop a sense of purpose in the world beyond their own community. Through the use of our core values we develop our children to be aspirational citizens within their community and develop this with faith in their hearts. Our focus is on the learning experiences of the children whilst building on and closing the learning gaps, particularly for the most vulnerable, including the lowest 20%. We create learning challenge questions across the academic year that foster curiosity and wonder. These are developed in line with the interests of the children.
This is then brought to life through the power of books and high quality stories. We use an approach called Narrative Immersion to also enhance and accompany the learning experiences for the children.
What is Narrative Immersion and why use it at All Saints?
Narrative Immersion is teaching and learning through the imaginary world of stories through drama.The story based approach provides contexts for many learning outcomes across all subjects. Through providing enrichment and first hand experiences, our children develop an understanding not only of themselves but the world in which they live. The use of drama promotes independence and learning to learn and responds to the work of Professor Guy Claxton, and the 5 R's of - Resilience, Resourcefulness, Responsibility, Reciprocity and Responsiveness. Through story our children can move beyond their limited real life experiences to new situations developed in their mind. This approach stimulates children to develop their emotions and thus have a greater purpose to write.
Early Years - Reception
Year 2 LA
Year 2 AP
Year 5 DB
Year 5 JC
Promoting British Values at All Saints National Academy
The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.” The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated this year (2014).
At All Saints National Academy these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Each year the children decide upon their class rules. All the children contribute to the drawing up of the rules. We have a school council. Every child on the student council is voted in by their class. There are four houses within the school whose House Captains are voted for each year. Recently the names of the houses were changed and new ones selected by each house in a democratic way.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced at All Saints National Academy. Pupils are taught from an early age the rules of the school. These are our Golden Rules. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
At All Saints National Academy, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our eSafety and PSHE lessons.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect. One of our Golden Rules reads: Be respectful.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
We seek to ensure that our curriculum allows children to understand more about the religions, culture and history of our local area, the West Midlands and our country. We develop links with the wider world and aim to ensure that children are also able to see the importance of their place in the wider community