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It is our primary purpose to awaken an interest in the world, a love of learning in our pupils, and to give them the ability and desire to carry on learning throughout life. Our curriculum is designed to recognise our pupils’ prior learning, areas of challenge and of emerging strengths and to provide active and engaging first hand learning experiences. Gosberton House Academy aims to provide an enriched, challenging, engaging, real world, personalised, problem solving curriculum within an immersive learning environment.
Every pupil is recognised as a unique individual. We celebrate and welcome differences within our community. We constantly strive to provide enrichment opportunities to enhance learning and believe that childhood should be a happy, investigative and enquiring time in our lives where there are no limits to curiosity and there is an excitement and thirst for new experiences and knowledge. We aim to ensure that our youngsters are able to optimise their potential academically, socially, emotionally and spiritually within their life at school, at home, within their community and beyond into the world ensuring that they become learners for life and life-long learners
Family and Community involvement is an essential part of our curriculum as we Work Together and Learn Together to build a better future for our young people.
Literacy is core subject and underpins a lot of the learning. Not only is it taught as basic skills lessons but it is also embedded into project based learning. Across the school we focus on developing the child’s communication, reading and writing skills. The school uses a variety of reading schemes and supplementary reading materials including The Oxford Reading Tree, Project X, Big Cat and Pops. The literacy subject leader works alongside all staff to ensure that children receive the best learning experiences possible. Phonics plays an importance part within literacy and strategies like active phonics and NELI are integrated into the learning profile. All aspects of literacy are very important skills to develop and are emphasised through Family Learning activities and Homework. The school has held the Basic Skills Accreditation Mark since 1998.
Mathematics is one of the core areas of the curriculum. We believe that children at the early and primary phases should be taught the basic mathematical skills that will enable them to become confident using mathematics in further education and in everyday life. We use homework to enrich these basic skills with regular practice of number facts. We use a range of our pedagogy’s to support how these basic skills are applied in a variety of contexts – with an emphasis on visual representation and problem solving.
Science is a core subject . As a school the staff work hard to provide the children with a variety of activities that involve lots of scientific experiences. The children are encouraged to think and investigate in a number of ways both with the support of the adults and independently to develop their knowledge. Science is delivered with a very ‘hands on’ approach and is very practical allowing the children to think scientifically, broaden their own thinking skills and at the same time develop their understanding of the different scientific concepts. We are very proud to have been awarded the science quality mark.
We aim to provide a stimulating and enriching humanities curriculum. The humanities curriculum consists of Geography, History, Religious Education as well as Modern Foreign Language- Spanish. We aim to provide a curriculum which informs the children of previous historical events, ensures geographical and environmental understanding and provides them with a rich cultural, moral and spiritual understanding of the world through the teaching of Religious Education - we follow the Lincolnshire Agreed Syllabus - and Modern Foreign Languages. Teaching is stimulating, exciting and provides them with a greater understanding of current events in the wider world. The humanities curriculum also provides the children with key life skills such as teamwork, empathy, communication, language, thinking and independence skills which will develop your child both academically and socially.
Children explore a wide range of skills and media through a range of pedagogical approaches to the creative arts. The arts are a form of celebration, communication and expression. Drama, music, dance and art help children to develop self-awareness and confidence and to acquire empathy, teamwork and listening skills. Participation in the arts develops gross and fine motor skills and can be used to support all other areas of the curriculum. At Gosberton House Academy, we strive to offer a curriculum rich in the arts, inspiring and nurturing each individual, raising self-esteem and confidence, we work within the Arts mark framework.
We believe that technology can support and dramatically enhance the lives of our children. We believe that mobile technology already merged with our ethos, pedagogy, vision and immersive environments will give our children a relevant and successful education which will enhance their learning opportunities. This will develop individuals and prepare them for the technological future in their everyday and working lives. We also aim to provide children with Design and technology skills that will ready them for future jobs and provide life skills. Children have stimulating and exciting DT projects that enhance the children’s learning.
At Gosberton House Academy the promotion of Emotional Literacy is a core element of our work. We believe that emotional well-being and self –esteem are central to all aspects of social and academic learning. Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education is a crucial aspect of our curriculum. We aim to ensure each child develops a deep understanding of not only themselves, but their peers and other members of our society. We strive to prepare them to become positive citizens of our community and try to ensure they understand the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle. Many different important concepts are taught, rehearsed and generalised; which not only prepare children for their future, but also ensure at present they are healthy, positive and confident individuals.
We encourage participation in a wide range of our extra-curricular activities and also through the local competitions we partake in throughout the year. We offer a range of engaging, creative and exciting activities including Sensory Circuits and Activate. The school is a member of Agilitas and has achieved the AfPE quality mark.
The children’s economic understanding is also developed well through the enterprise aspects of our curriculum, which we strive to ensure they participate in throughout the year. We encourage them to work towards their personal aspirations and goals to develop self- esteem, confidence and a love for learning. These lifelong learning skills are developed through the use of project based learning. Some examples of this have included; selling snacks to raise money for our sister school in India; fund raising for class celebrations through making and selling crafts. The school operates a pupil Bank. Loans can be secured at 0% interest rates to fund enterprise initiatives.
Family Learning and Homework
The school operates a Family Learning approach to homework – see Family Homework letters and suggested activities. All children receive homework each week. The homework is tailored to the needs of each child and will be adapted on a regular basis. The homework is used to support and apply learning each week in class and promote the use of deeper thinking skills [and includes access to e-learning websites.] It is an expectation that homework is completed by all youngsters. The school holds a weekly Homework Club and termly [6 times per year] Family Learning celebration events. Children receive rewards for partition in out-of-school learning activities. The school participates and holds community events including fundraising, which form a vital part of school life.
The school follows the Cornerstones curriculum as a theme based curriculum- adapting lessons and ensuring maximum coverage progression and engagement. The school believes in extending learning into all opportunities and developing life long learners, teaching British Values alongside SMSC and to support this ethos the school is a Rights Respecting School, is part of the Children’s University, is a scouting school, and LOTC accredited school an ECO school and a Mini Police School.
‘Learning for life. Lifelong Learning’
Our curriculum supports our pupils to make outstanding progress in all areas of their cognitive and social learning, enabling them to develop independency and interdependency skills, building resilience and become creative, critical thinkers. Thus optimising their opportunities to lead fulfilling and contributory lives.