Here at Victoria Primary Academy we encourage and support our students to start developing the skills needed to be aspirational, passionate, self-motivated, self-confident and well-educated citizens. We recognise the value of preparing our students for the next stage in their education – and beyond – for the world of work. We set high expectations of all our student’s conduct, behaviour, attendance, punctuality and attitude to ensure that they each develop the attributes that employers value and seek.
We expect all our students to develop high aspirations and over time, carefully think about a wide range of further study and careers. We aim to inspire our students through real-life contact with the world of work, to help them understand where different choices can take them in the future.
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We believe that learning must be a memorable and enjoyable journey. From the moment your child begins with us, we begin our work to encourage a thirst for learning which will last a lifetime. All our children rise to the challenge of a rich, diverse curriculum which develops children’s competencies across all subjects of the Victoria Primary Academy Curriculum. This prepares our children for future study and enables them to develop an understanding of the world in which they live in.
We pride ourselves on developing an exciting curriculum which is bespoke to our children and our community. It has been carefully designed to meet the needs of all learners with a rigorous and relentless focus on the development of key skills in phonics, reading, writing, speaking, listening and maths.
At Victoria Primary Academy School, we strive to embed a love of maths in the children we teach right from Foundation through to Year 6. We teach maths in creative and exciting ways, to prepare children with skills for life. Children throughout the school are encouraged to use CPA (concrete, pictorial, abstract) sequence and ensure that children have opportunities to develop fluency, reasoning and problem solving. A positive mindset is key to the way we teach, and we often celebrate mistakes, using these to further the children’s learning. Creating a love for reading and writing is at the heart of our English curriculum and we strive to teach lessons that are motivating, fun and inspiring for all pupils because this means they will make greater progress. Our teaching of English includes phonics, guided reading, whole class reading, writing, handwriting and EGPS (English, grammar, punctuation and spelling). Writing is taught with a rich stimulus or context, which allows children to write for purpose. Reading is explicitly taught and closely monitored to ensure that children read widely and successfully.
Science is also taught discretely, as are Physical Education, Religious Education, computing, music, MFL and PSHE. Links between subjects are made where they promote understanding and deepen learning. Our creative curriculum brings together our teaching in geography, history, art and design technology. These are taught in termly creative themes that run across year groups so that Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception), KS1 (Years 1 & 2), Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3 & 4) and Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5 & 6) share learning experiences on a two year rolling cycle. As children progress through their primary years, relevant factual and conceptual links are made between the themes. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development as well as modern British Values are embedded into the curriculum, with links being seeded to ensure these values are consistently revisited and consolidated.
We enhance and enrich our curriculum with trips, visitors, real life experiences and outdoor education wherever we can. Community involvement is very important to us and we endeavour to invite as many families and visitors as we can to join us on our learning journey.
Children will leave Victoria Primary Academy as independent, confident, successful learners with high aspirations who know how to make a positive contribution to the community and the wider society.
The Department for Education has published advice for schools on the Prevent duty 2015. The Prevent duty requires all schools to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism in the exercise of their functions.
Radicalisation is defined as the act or process of making a person more radical or favouring of extreme or fundamental changes in political, economic or social conditions, institutions or habits of the mind.
Extremism is defined as the holding of extreme political or religious views. We are already responsible for keeping our students safe, including from the risks of extremism and radicalisation, and for promoting the welfare of students in our care. The Prevent duty reinforces these existing duties by spreading understanding of the risks and current good practice across the country.
Victoria Primary Academy is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its students. All colleagues recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation and extremism is no different to safeguarding against any other vulnerability in today’s society.