At Belleville Wix Academy we are very proud of our curriculum offer. We believe we offer an excellent broad and balanced curriculum based on the National Curriculum, with a strong, daily focus on the core subject areas of reading, writing and mathematics. As part of the Q1E trust our teaching staff have worked with staff across all four schools to design our wonderful curriculum, as described below.
Our L.E.A.R.N. curriculum approach
Our curriculum is designed with excellence and equality at the core of all we do. Above is our curriculum statement, which was developed together with the other schools in our trust.
We firmly believe that "the quality of an education system (or a school) cannot exceed the quality of its teachers" and this principle is key to our school's approach. We invest significantly in recruiting, retaining and developing high quality teaching staff so that all learning in all our lessons is excellent for all pupils.
Our learning approach, our learning environments and our curriculum are organised with the pupils at the centre, so their experience at Belleville Wix Academy (BWA) is of a rich, rewarding education where they achieve and succeed every day.
BWA is a highly organised school, offering a carefully structured, broad and balanced curriculum. We keep an appropriate focus on the core subjects of English and Maths, whilst also ensuring that all pupils benefit from a rich and diverse range of topics. In this way we extend pupils's learning far beyond the requirements of the National Curriculum. Teachers work hard to ensure that the work is interesting, inspiring and challenging to all. Highly trained support staff provide additional classroom assistance throughout the school.
The explicit taught curriculum at BWA is broad, balanced and rich in experiences and is carefully designed to ensure all pupils experience a breadth of education built on principles of excellence and equality. Knowing what excellence looks and feels like is critical and is what we use to inspire pupils. We have a high quality, relevant curriculum and use excellent resources and skilled teaching to challenge and inspire the learning of our pupils. In addition to this, in all parts of school life, in lessons and beyond, our implicit curriculum is critical in ensuring personal values and positive learning attitudes are promoted alongside that of academic excellence and achievements.
We believe that our school aim and values are fulfilled within our curriculum in both the implicit and explicit elements, so our pupils develop their full potential in all aspects of their learning and personal development.
We place high value on the academic achievements and the importance of pupils to be literate and numerate to maximise their life chances beyond primary school. Our curriculum is clearly structured to ensure every child is developing their core skills, experiencing a broad and rich curriculum and do so alongside building excellent personal, social and emotional skills.
The breadth of skills and ambition for pupils is built into the curriculum with excellence our aim in all subjects. The school builds experiences which will develop pupils’s skills and knowledge in all areas of learning incorporating the academic, physical, artistic, linguistic, scientific and technological.
Our subject-focussed curriculum sits within our implicit curriculum where our aims, and values and attitudes to learning permeate all we do.
Overlapping of skills and content ensures coherence in learning takes place where appropriate and relevant and for example computing may be using content from Geography work or poetry be inspired by work done in history. Our local context in Battersea, London inspires many aspects of our curriculum as does the exciting, diverse community around and within our school.
Pupils have opportunities to learn through a wide range of educational visits and events, including a residential trip in Year 6. There is a shared drive to constantly review, improve and enrich our curriculum to ensure learning is relevant and exciting for all pupils. We have a relentless drive for excellence and equality, always seeking to improve the education we offer your pupils.
We are very proud to offer our pupils high quality specialist subject provision through specialist teachers for PE, Dance, Music, Art, ICT and modern foreign languages.
From Year 1 to Year 6 pupils receive subject specific lessons in:
Specialist Teachers teach many aspects of the curriculum including:
Modern Foreign Languages
Our Foundation Stage (nursery and reception) provides a stimulating environment which encourages independence and a real motivation to learn. Pupils quickly develop the independence and confidence to learn and interact with others. The classrooms and outdoor areas have excellent resources to promote learning. Early reading and writing skills are taught in an effective and engaging way and pupils achieve extremely well in all areas by the end of the Foundation Stage.
Our Bilingual Stream
We adhere to the same LEARN approach for teaching the English provision of our unique Bilingual Curriculum.
Pupils in our bilingual steam follow a curriculum we have created in collaboration with our French sister school, Ecole de Wix, which meets the requirements of both the English and French National Curricula and is bicultural in approach. It is designed so that the pupils predominantly follow the same curriculum as our English stream in English and Maths, whilst learning Science, History, Geography, PSHE and RE in both languages, drawing from both curricula.
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Our Diverse Curriculum
At Belleville Wix Academy, our aim is to celebrate diversity and promote equality though our curriculum and beyond.
We aim to:
Provide a curriculum which is representative of the world and the community where pupils learn about and are by inspired by individuals of all abilities from all backgrounds, cultures, genders, sexualities, religions and ethnicities.
Focus on how the persistence and determination of significant individuals, from all backgrounds, have positively influenced the world in which we live and celebrate their achievements and contributions
Ensure that we challenge stereotypes and assumptions to broaden our pupil’s thinking.
Enable pupils to ‘see themselves’ in books, both fiction and non-fiction. Not only should they see themselves but they should also be given the opportunity to see a wide range of people in all sorts of roles including that of the main characters and authors.
Buy new books which continue to diversify our library, book corners and chosen teaching texts to be more inclusive and challenge stereotypes.