Our Academy is a place where all are valued as individuals, celebrating uniqueness and diversity and where every person feels safe, respected and supported.
We want every child to achieve the highest possible educational standards and to make good progress in relation to their prior attainment.
We acknowledge every child as unique with special talents, gifts and needs and with potential that needs developing, intellectually, emotionally, physically, socially, morally and spiritually.
We favour a broad, balanced and creative curriculum, which is relevant to and extends our children’s experiences. We strive to ensure every child has access to a high quality all round curriculum, but also has access to opportunities which enables them to excel in a particular area. This is built upon the beliefs that every child matters and every child is gifted and talented. We believe that success in one particular area helps develop a child’s self esteem and raises their achievement overall.
How we teach reading
At Pathways Academy we want all children to develop a love of and enjoyment of reading. We aim to give children experience of a wide range of quality books which inspire and enthuse.
We want all children to reach their reading potential, developing key skills in decoding text and understanding books and stories.
At Pathways Academy we use Read, Write, Inc to teach phonics across foundation stage and KS1 and beyond when necessary.
There are a range of reading strategies that are formally taught in years Reception (FS2) to Year 2.
1. Blending to read
2. Using picture clues
4. Missing out the word
5. Reading on and rereading
6. Checking for sense, and using letter names as well as letter sounds
Teachers in Key Stage 2 use these strategies to consolidate previous learning.
Reading is at the heart of all of our learning at Pathways Academy. Our new reading strategy raises the profile of reading for pleasure and purpose across the curriculum. All lessons have a dedicated shared read element and we aim to use a wide variety of interesting texts to engage the children.