At Pathways, teachers and classroom support staff work closely together so that children in each year group follow a consistent Curriculum and are covering the same areas of learning.
We constantly strive to provide the best experiences through which children can learn well. Each child is unique and has individual needs and capabilities. We aim to meet each child’s needs through differentiated work which is tailored to the individual learner.
The Foundation Stage Curriculum
The Curriculum in the Foundation Stage is based upon the Early Learning Goals.
Each day in the Academy there is dedicated time to address the children’s learning in reading, writing, speaking and listening. There are daily Phonics and guided reading sessions as we believe reading and writing are vital aspect of children’s learning. VCOP work, which focuses on the teaching of skills linked to using Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation is now an important element of our teaching of Writing.
However, English is also taught across the Curriculum. We aim to develop children’s communication skills through speech and writing. We encourage children to apply their learning in English to other subject areas. We believe that children should be given opportunities to read for pleasure as well as information and our aim is to provide interesting books for all to read.
We aim to make Mathematics exciting and relevant to real life. We provide increasing challenge and encourage children to solve problems and develop thinking skills.
The school has recently introduced an exciting new curriculum, which will hugely impact positively on children’s progress.
Religious Education and Assemblies
Religious Education is offered to all pupils according to the Sheffield Agreed Syllabus. RE is taught as a separate subject. We also hold daily non-denominational assemblies which include an act of collective worship. Through RE and assemblies, we aim to prepare our children for their place in a diverse society and children are encouraged to express their own ideas and beliefs and to develop attitudes of tolerance, understanding and sensitivity towards those of others. The RE syllabus, assemblies and collective worship are non- denominational.
Policies and schemes of work may be viewed at the Academy on request.
Parents may wish to withdraw their child from all or part of RE and collective worship. If this is the case please discuss the matter with the Headteacher.
Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) and Drugs Education
The Academy has a policy for Sex and Relationships education and Drugs Education, which is available to parents and has been developed in consultation with the Academy community.
Appropriate aspects of these subjects are covered throughout the Academy in a manner appropriate to the age of the children concerned.