The curriculum at Pilgrim Academy is appropriate to all the children and meets all the national requirements of the Foundation Stage Curriculum and National Curriculum. In the Foundation years, all activities are planned using the curriculum guidance for the Foundation Stage. This curriculum is divided into seven areas of learning and development:

The prime areas are:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

The specific areas are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

Subject content at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 includes English, mathematics, science, design technology, information communication technology (ICT), history, geography, art and design, music and Physical Education (P.E.). Religious Education taught is in line with the Local Authority Agreed Syllabus. Other dimensions of the curriculum include personal, social, citizenship and health education (including drugs education) (PSHE), road safety, sex and relationship education and economic understanding.

In essence, the curriculum will be broad and will encompass not only requirements of Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum, but will also meet the particular needs of the children at Pilgrim Academy. The curriculum is balanced in order to equip children for the skills they need for life, work, leisure and social responsibility as children and as future adults. Where appropriate, more time is given to developing those skills and concepts most appropriate to our children.

The curriculum is taught in ways that ignite interest, encourage engagement and guarantee progression of learning and development. The curriculum is planned in the long, medium and short terms and intends built-in progression. To ensure relevance of the curriculum to the children, a thematic approach is used, where links between subject areas are exploited to promote the curriculum in stimulating and exciting ways. Themes which are best taught 'standing alone' are planned and taught accordingly. All children receive the curriculum they are entitled to and teachers will ensure work is suitably differentiated to match the needs of every individual child. These needs are not only academic ones, but also social, physical, cultural, moral and spiritual. Resources will be employed, human and material, to enable children to prove their capabilities. Everything will be done to ensure each child achieves their personal best.

National Curriculum

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Pilgrim Academy
Executive Head Teacher

Christine Lacey

Tollbar MAT Chief Executive

David J Hampson