Springfield Primary Academy Curriculum

At Springfield Primary Academy, we have devised the SPA Curriculum: a knowledge-based curriculum in line with the knowledge promoted in the National Curriculum (both declarative and procedural). We have developed our curriculum to ensure we not only meet but exceed the requirements of the national curriculum in providing our pupils with a knowledge-rich education to ensure their success as they move through our school and into KS3. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage are taught using the EYFS framework with an emphasis on developing key skills, knowledge and understanding through direct teaching and structured continuous provision.

Our aim is to provide all our children with an engaging, exciting and empowering curriculum. The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, specific skills, knowledge, concepts, vocabulary and values with a vision to prepare them for life beyond primary school. It has been carefully designed to ensure that we have coverage of the National Curriculum; progression of skills, concepts and knowledge; as well as going beyond this in order to ensure we provide the curriculum that our pupils both want and need in order for them to be successful and happy. This includes our ‘101 Things to do before you leave Springfield Primary Academy’.

At Springfield Primary Academy we offer a broad, balanced and academically rigorous curriculum for all our learners. Our curriculum is designed with knowledge at its heart to ensure that children develop a strong vocabulary base and understanding of the world. The curriculum promotes long-term learning and we believe that progress means knowing more and remembering more. We have developed a curriculum built on current research regarding how memory works to ensure that children not only have access to 'the best that has been thought and said' but are taught this in a way that ensures children can remember the curriculum content in future years. One of the central aims of the curriculum is to ensure that our pupils are both "interesting and interested". We want them to be 'interesting' to talk to, because they know a great deal about the world and 'interested' in finding out more. We understand that knowledge is 'sticky', in other words, the more pupils know the easier it is for them to know more. This is why we place particular emphasis on children knowing by heart and building rich webs of knowledge as they progress through the curriculum. 

In each year group, the following subjects are taught each day:

  • English
  • Mathematics

These subjects are taught each week:

  • Science
  • Computing
  • Physical Education
  • Music
  • PSHE
  • RE

The rest of the curriculum time is blocked into knowledge-rich topics based around the following subjects:

  • History 
  • Geography 
  • Art and Design Technology

More details about our curriculum, how each subject is taught and educational philosophy that underpins this can be found on the subject specific page.