At Springwell Leeds Academy our Curriculum aims to develop children and young people who:
· are well rounded
· are confident
· show empathy to others
· have aspirations to achieve
· make a positive contribution to the wider community
· develop a sense of personal responsibility
In order to achieve this, across Springwell Leeds Academy and across all key stages we are building a curriculum that has flexibility and personalisation at its centre. This is to ensure we respond to the individual needs of each child, rather than the child struggling to fit into a one size fits all curriculum that is not tailored to their learning needs.
When constructing our curriculum, consideration has been given to the development of the whole child; their intellectual, spiritual, emotional, social and physical development. Before any child can begin to settle to learn they need to feel safe, secure and understood and so emphasis is placed on developing positive relationships with the children.
The Academy works to the six nurture principles as a foundation for learning these are:
1. Children’s learning is understood developmentally
2. The classroom offers a safe base
3. The importance of nurture for the development of wellbeing
4. Language is a vital means of communication
5. All behaviour is communication
6. The importance of transition in children’s lives
Developing literacy and numeracy skills is a high priority as without these the children will struggle to access the curriculum and will become disempowered adults. We therefore ensure that our curriculum provides opportunities for developing these skills on a dialy basis. Emphasis is placed on pedagogic approaches as the curriculum needs to be delivered through engaging and creative teaching to engender curiosity, active participation and the development of the children’s own unique creative responses.
Springwell Leeds Academy recognises the important role that the Arts can play in developing confidence, self-esteem, social interaction and enabling expression. As a result of this, we are developing a strong curriculum offer around the Arts in partnership with IVE. The Academy is also Arts Mark registered and is working towards our first level of accreditation.
As we grow into our new settings across the city, our curriculum offer will further grow and develop around the needs of our children and young people.