The EPA schools have designed a curriculum which aims to:
• Have high aspirations for all children
• Encourage reflection, deep thinking and resilience
• Foster independence and raise self-esteem
• Value and develop pupils’ sense of belonging and pride in their achievements
• Develop empathy, collaboration and a sense of community
• Prepare children to make a positive contribution to modern Britain
Our goal is that children are empowered to grow as individuals academically, spiritually, morally, and culturally aiming to achieve success whatever their strengths. Our broad and balanced curriculum is under-pinned by the National Curriculum but enhanced and adapted with experiences and opportunities including high quality artistic, creative and sporting activities. Both cross-curricular and discrete approaches are adopted, depending on the nature of learning, and opportunity to allow links between themes and subjects foster a love of learning. Our schools have adopted the locally agreed syllabus for Religious Education to ensure our pupils develop mutual respect for, and tolerance of, those with different faiths and beliefs and those with no faith.
The teaching strategies within EPA schools enable the curriculum to be organised for all children to study and learn within a variety of settings and situations. Learning activities are carefully designed to enable all learners to progress well from their own starting points.
We follow the National Curriculum that was introduced in September 2013.
Home Learning tasks are set every week and these are linked directly to the work the children have completed in lesson time. The tasks enable the children to demonstrate, consolidate and reinforce work that has been done in class in a creative way and provide an opportunity to show 'Mastery' in a given area.
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Phonics is taught using LCP Scheme which is based on the DfE publication ‘Letters and Sounds’.
Children progress through ‘coloured book bands’ for reading in KS1 and move into age and ability appropriate texts in KS2.