We aim to provide opportunities for learning that develop the children's ability to become effective communicators through skills such as listening, speaking, reading and writing and phonics. We have a daily Literacy lesson where key skills of reading and writing are taught as well as a daily phonics lesson where children learn sounds in words and spelling patterns and how to apply their knowledge in reading and writing activities. The teaching of Literacy is also done through the topics the children are learning to make it creative, fun and meaningful.
Drama plays a big part in Literacy lessons, with the emphasis upon children being active learners.
We provide opportunities for children to make sense of maths and enjoy investigating numbers and solving problems and to develop the children’s mathematical understanding and confidence. Children also learn to apply these number concepts, interpret data, study shape and space and explore measurement through practical investigations and problem solving activities.
At Rowena Academy we foster the children's natural curiosity and help them to develop an understanding of themselves and the world around them. We aim to develop their scientific knowledge, by means of exploration, questioning and investigation and provide opportunities for them to communicate and reflect upon their ideas in a variety of ways instilling an awareness of how science relates to their everyday lives
Physical education comprises of three main areas of activity: Dance, Games and Gymnastics Children are involved in the process of planning, performing and evaluating their performance. Health related exercise is also part of this curriculum. Children learn about the changes that occur to their bodies as they exercise and the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle.
Computing is taught as a discreet subject but it also supports learning and teaching across the curriculum. There are computers and interactive whiteboards in each classroom and a well- equipped ICT suite. The school is well resourced with appropriate hardware and software. The school also has Internet provision with an appropriate educational filtered system being used.
History develops the children’s understanding of the past. We aim to develop their curiosity about historical events and the achievements of some of the people who lived in the past. This enables the children to learn how past events influence their lives today. Children learn about the changes in their own lives, their families and about the changes in their local environment.
We aim to stimulate children’s interest in their surroundings and in the variety of human and physical conditions on the Earth’s surface. Children have the opportunity to study weather, landscapes and map work. They will also gain an understanding of people and places in more distant areas, so they can begin to realise the great and rich variety of our world. We also aim to help children to begin to develop an informed sense of responsibility about the quality of their immediate environment.
Art is an integral part of our school curriculum. It is used as a stimulus, creative responses for topics, and to illustrate work children have done in other subjects. The children learn both practical skills, and knowledge and understanding of art. Knowledge and understanding allows the children to reflect on their own and others work. They learn about other artists and genres. Children have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of media or learn about specific skills and techniques. The range includes sculpture, printing, painting, drawing, textiles and clay.
From an early age children experience music in various forms; for example – nursery rhymes, background music, songs and games. We aim, in school, to nurture and build on these experiences in order to develop an understanding and enjoyment of music.
Children are given opportunities to sing, play a variety of simple percussion instruments, explore sounds, compose, perform and listen to music from a range of times and cultures.
All the children take part in singing for the wider community at various events.
Design and Technology
Children learn how to think imaginatively, and talk about what they like and dislike when designing and making. They build on the experience gained in the Early Years through investigation and play. They explore how familiar things are designed and how they work. They talk about, draw and model their ideas. The children learn how to use tools safely, to use I.C.T. as part of their design and making and to consider the health and safety aspects of food technology.
The school follows the agreed syllabus of Doncaster LA which encourages children to respect the religious, spiritual and moral values of others and to consider thoughtfully their own values and beliefs. The teaching of Religious Education in this academy is non-denominational. It is informing children about world religions and is not about imparting a faith. Although based mainly on Christian beliefs, other world religions are studied so children develop a greater understanding of other cultures and global diversity. All the children share a collective worship time each day. A yearly programme of themes is planned with religious, cultural, social and moral themes.
Parents have the right to withdraw their child from the teaching of Religious Education. If this is the case then they are asked to contact the Principal.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Understanding
All pupils have planned opportunities to explore beliefs and experience; recognise right and wrong; understand consequences; use social skills in different contexts; work well with others; understand how to stay safe through planned learning opportunities; appreciate cultural influences; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.
This is included as part of Science and Health Education topics in school and is introduced informally where it is felt there is a natural link with other parts of the curriculum. Any questions that may be asked by the children are answered in an honest and sensitive way appropriate to the age of the child.