Curriculum Aims

At Ark Swift Primary, we provide a broad and balanced curriculum which develops the individual child according to their age and ability. In addition, we are committed to providing significant opportunities for pupils to master English and mathematics skills. With a strong emphasis on depth before breadth, we believe that mastery in these core subjects determines access to higher education and increased career choices at 18.

The Academy has implemented an adapted version of the Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum, and has a curriculum map to ensure that we cover all the statutory requirements during your child’s time with us. We strongly emphasise core skills in English and Mathematics in the Foundation Stage

Teachers use a wide variety of teaching methods, which are adapted according to the subject, age and ability of the individual pupil. At Ark Swift Primary Academy we place great emphasis on giving children practical activities and opportunities in their learning, as we believe that it is only by direct experience that true understanding of a specific area, and its relevance to real life, can be gained.

Ark Swift Primary Academy, in common with other Ark academies, has selected some of the most successful programmes of learning to support mastery of Mathematics and English skills. All the programmes we use have been well researched to assess their impact in the primary school setting.

We currently use;

  • Read Write Inc Phonics (Ruth Miskin)
  • Literacy and Language (Ruth Miskin)
  • Maths Mastery (derived from Singapore maths)

During the course of the academic year additional programmes will also be introduced to support learning.

Approach to Phonics and Reading

At Ark Swift synthetic phonics is taught through the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme. The forty four common sounds in the English language are taught and children learn how to sound-blend words for reading (decoding) at the same time as developing handwriting skills and spelling (encoding). Most importantly Read Write Inc. Phonics provides the children with the opportunity to read a range of exciting fiction and non-fiction books with words they can decode, so they enjoy early success in reading.

In Year Two, once the children are fluent at decoding they progress to Literacy and Language. This programme enables children to develop their comprehension, writing, critical thinking, discussion skills and also gain a firm knowledge and understanding of grammar.

Creative Curriculum

Although our current focus is on raising standards in literacy and numeracy we also run a creative curriculum throughout the academy.
For further details please read the links below:

Year 1.docx

Year 2.docx

Year 3.docx

Year 4.docx

Year 5.docx

Year 6.doc

We have regular visitors to the academy to enrich the learning of our students and organise visits out to other places wherever possible.  However, if you or someone you know has expertise in an area one year group will be covering we would be delighted to hear from you.

For more information about the curiculum please contact your class teacher.