The Ark Globe Curriculum
Our curriculum is intended to prepare students for university and to be leaders in their community.
The Ark Globe Curriculum encompasses the total experience of the student, covering a range of activities from what is learnt in the classroom to our expectations of how our students carry themselves, and make decisions, outside of it. For us, education is much more than a qualification; it is a way of being that results in an empowered young person who is able to secure a life of purpose and meaning.
We recognise that attending university is often key to this as, we believe, it provides young people with more choices. As such, the academic, pastoral and cultural curriculum has been designed to prepare students for university and to be leaders in their community. However, we also recognise that there are high quality alternatives to university and we help students to secure these too. Whatever choice is made, we want it to be an informed one, where our students determine their own future.
Preparing students for university and to be leaders in their community means that our academic curriculum, the curriculum taught in subjects, is based upon the following principles:
Depth for breadth
This means more time is given to English and maths and that a mastery approach to learning is adopted. This involves planning backwards from the point of university readiness and starting with the fundamentals. Through mastering the fundamentals, students are better able to grasp more complex knowledge and understanding, as well as make connections between subjects. Furthermore, our longer school day allows us to facilitate both depth as well as a broad and balanced curriculum.
- In Early Years, this means children begin learning how to learn in a setting of nurture. We place great emphasis on core learning of how to read, how to count, how to write and managing feelings, emotion and change. Children engage with early exposure to the mastery content in English and Maths and access a range of resources to build independence and confidence.
- At KS1, we emphasise children learning core skills of English and Maths through experience of the mastery content of the subject.
- At KS2, our designed curriculum brings together key aspects that are important for embedding learning. We build the acquisition of knowledge, we ensure learning is purposefully broadening vocabulary and we remain relevant to our local context and the impact it has on the wider world. We continue to emphasise children learning the core skills of English and Maths through the embedding of mastery of the subject. More time is given to English and Maths.
This means ensuring students have the knowledge, skills and motivation to enjoy success once they have left Globe. In some cases, this may mean that some students need a more tailored curriculum, involving more personalised interventions, to better suit their needs at this stage of their life.
In Early Years, KS1 and KS2 this involves exposing students to university and different careers.
The pastoral and cultural curriculum focuses on developing key attributes that leaves students more able to make informed decisions that affect their own lives and that of others. There are several ways we do this:
- The Culture Pyramid sets out our values, belief and purpose. It permeates all aspects of school life and is used to set expectations around behaviour, decision-making and approach to school life, ultimately preparing students to be leaders in their community. In the Primary phase there are ‘Culture Champions’ and a Junior Leadership Team. In the Secondary phase, there is a student council, prefect team and student union. The Culture Pyramid also plays a key role in our approach to pedagogy within the academic curriculum. Inside and outside the classroom, there is a huge focus placed upon growth mindset with students engaging in metacognition, identifying gaps in knowledge and embracing retesting.
- The Behaviour Blueprint in the Primary phase provides students with a shared language and structure, that supports them in understanding the effect of behavioural choices within our school setting and wider society. Through restorative justice conversations, children begin to make connections that support their contributions to society.
- Enrichment Opportunities are provided to students throughout the school year and tailored afternoons off timetable in the Primary phase, provide all students with exposure to knowledge and experiences not necessarily covered in the academic curriculum.
In preparing students for university and to be leaders in the community, when a student leaves Ark Globe, they leave with a knowledge and understanding of the world that allows them to access the best opportunities. However, they also leave with a deep understanding of themselves and the impact their choices have on their own lives and their community.
At Ark Globe Academy Primary, we take great pride in our teaching of English. Successful learners need speaking, listening, reading, writing, spelling, grammatical and handwriting skills to support all aspects of learning across the curriculum; creative English teaching is therefore incorporated into every lesson, from Early Years to Year 6.
In the Early Years and Key Stage One (Ages 3-7), all children learn to read and write using a phonics programme called Read Write Inc. Children are taught combinations of letters and sounds which they then use to decode and blend words. In addition to this, children receive daily English lessons to develop their reading and writing skills further.
Children build upon these skills when they enter Key Stage Two. Comprehension is developed through our daily Rapid Reading lessons, as well as the choice of stimulating texts across the curriculum, which push our pupils to ask questions and develop a deep understanding of different kinds of literature. Our pupils are challenged to read a variety of texts, both in class and independently, to broaden their vocabulary and foster a love of reading. We deliver creative English lessons to develop imaginative authors and confident, passionate speakers.
At Ark Globe Academy Primary, our Mathematics curriculum is delivered through the Mathematics Mastery programme from Reception to Year 5. Year 6 utilise Mathematics Mastery resources, while also drawing on the National Curriculum maths to support them in achieving their best in the end of year assessments.
In maths teaching, we aim to equip pupils with tools such as logical reasoning, problem solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways. Instead of learning mathematical procedures by rote, we want pupils to build a deep understanding of concepts, which will enable them to apply their learning in different situations. Throughout the primary academy, we teach the following areas of study:
- using and applying maths
- number and algebra
- shape space and measures
- data handling
Our mathematics programme focuses on mastery for all and includes a daily maths meeting lesson which provides an opportunity to consolidate and deepen understanding of key areas of mathematics.
The three key features of Mathematics Mastery are:
• High expectations for every child
• More time on fewer topics
• Problem solving at the heart
The programme emphasises cumulative mastery of the essential knowledge and skills of mathematics. It embeds a deep understanding of maths by employing a concrete, pictorial, abstract approach – using objects and pictures before numbers and symbols so that pupils understand what they are doing rather than just learning to repeat routines without grasping what is happening.
At Ark Globe Academy Primary, our Science curriculum provides pupils with the opportunity to learn about the world around them and question how things work. Over the course of their time at Ark Globe Primary, they will cover a broad spectrum of topics within Chemistry, Physics and Biology.
Our lessons provide an opportunity for direct practical experiences, which allow our pupils to develop their curious minds as well as their independence. During the teaching of science, pupils learn not only vital scientific knowledge, but also scientific skills such as predicting, estimating, measuring, fair testing, hypothesising, and drawing conclusions.
Our Science curriculum is in line with the National Curriculum to ensure our pupils will leave primary school with a solid skills-set and grounding in practical science as well as inspiring them to pursue a career in Science.
Art and Design
A specialist art teacher teaches our outstanding provision in Art and Design at Ark Globe Academy Primary from nursery to Year 6, which embodies some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.
As pupils progress, they are able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They also learn how art and design both reflect and shape our history and contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
At Ark Globe Academy Primary, we aim to prepare our pupils for life beyond their school years. In this age of technology, it is an essential skill that pupils are literate and confident in using technology to find things out, present their thoughts and explore topics at a greater depth. Our aim is to ensure pupils are confident in using a wide range of different platforms and can choose between a numbers of different devices to perform different tasks.
A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.
Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
Our high-quality geography education inspires in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching equips pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world helps them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
Our high-quality history education helps pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It inspires pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching equips pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.
History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.
Music at Ark Globe Academy Primary aims to give every child access to high quality music making opportunities, in the hope that this will instill in them a lifelong passion for music and lead them to reap the many associated benefits.
Pupils in Nursery to Year 2 receive weekly lessons from an Ark music specialist which involves singing, learning rhythm and rhyme and other aspects of music appreciation. Pupils in Year 3 and 4 receive weekly Ukulele lessons from an Ark Artist in Residence whilst our Year 5 and 6 pupils receive music teaching from our Secondary music teacher and covers a programme, which includes learning to play the keyboard, music notation, singing and access to other instruments.
We also have a Key Stage Two choir who perform at Ark events as well as pupils also learning to play a brass instrument in Year 4, 5 and 6. An after school Ukulele club for our Year 3 and 4 pupils is also available.
Pupils in Year 5, 6 and 7 are also invited to attend a specialist choir group – Ignite – with rehearsals every six weeks involving pupils from across the Ark network of schools, which culminates in an annual performance at the London Barbican.
PE forms an important part of the curriculum and incorporates areas such as ball skills, gymnastics, dance, invasion games (football, basketball, netball), striking and fielding games (rounders, cricket), net-and-ball sports (tennis), athletics and fitness training. All PE lessons are taught through a Sports Coach who is coached by our Secondary PE colleagues.
Through these varied sports, children develop their core skills of agility,
co-ordination, balance, fitness and teamwork. Competition and individual performance also form part of our commitment to high expectations.
We strive to provide a learning experience that will enable all students to achieve beyond their potential and ultimately develop a lifelong passion for sporting participation and physical wellbeing.
Religious Education at Ark Globe Academy Primary supports the promotion of community cohesion. It plays a major role in helping pupils understand diversity and develop respect for the beliefs and cultures of others.
At Ark Globe Academy Primary, we ensure that RE promotes pupils’ spiritual development by allowing children to reflect on the implications of religion and belief for their own lives. Learning about religion and belief helps children to explore the nature of religion. Whilst learning from religion and belief allows them to reflect on and respond to their own experiences.
The RE curriculum covers a wide range of religious beliefs including: Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism and Sikhism. The lessons are practical and involve lots of opportunities for engaging discussion. Visits to religious place may be used to enhance learning.
Parents/carers are able to withdraw their child from RE but should discuss this with the Primary Principal.