LEARNING AT BRAUNTON ACADEMY
We offer rich learning opportunities. Building upon our close liaison programmes with partner Primary Schools, we continue to develop firm foundations in the basics of literacy, numeracy and computer skills, so that all young people can benefit from a broad, enriched curriculum and wide range of opportunities.
Our Academy provides a purposeful learning environment which young people respond to and enjoy: we are committed to sustaining an Academy in which individuals representing diverse cultures and experiences instruct one another in the meaning and value of community and in the joy and importance of lifelong learning.
At the forefront of our approach to curriculum studies are the three elements of Trivium 21c; focusing on the three phases of grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric as our map for learning progression has meant that we spend more time developing the fundamental building blocks of our curriculum.
We strongly believe that to create confident and outstanding learners we have to start at the beginning: ensuring that students have a firm grasp of the subject grammar (content) is our primary focus, before we expect them to process information and then apply higher order skills. Pairing this idea with the elements of the Trivium we have developed a mastery-style curriculum to ensure that the grammar of a subject is concreted in Years 7, 8, and 9 before moving on to GCSE. This allows every student to develop the fundamental key skills that will be required later in their academic careers at their own pace. We spend extra time on essential topics to ensure there are solid foundations to build on later.
Our emphasis on progression from age 11-16 means that we have identified the key aspects of being a ‘master’ of a particular subject at different age ranges and are able to measure the students against this. Our transition to a level free, five year curriculum has also meant that we dedicate more time to enhancing knowledge, skills and understanding over a more extended period.
We work hard, together, to develop versatility in our students by applying the key skills they have learnt in Years 7, 8, and 9 to a wider variety of topics and situations. In building on the GCSE content through Year 10 and 11 we create adaptable and resilient learners. We have adapted the schemes of work to group topics together that complement each other and can be tested together in a variety of ways. This multi-topic questioning stretches our most able students and helps to prepare them for the wider world of subject knowledge.
Our final job as teachers here at Braunton Academy is to ensure the young people leaving us are prepared for their next steps: we strive to develop independent learners who aren’t afraid to ask questions and seek out their own answers. By following a curriculum which includes a variety of both core and applied components we are able to offer students the wider learning they require to allow them to progress onto further studies or their desired career choice.
Please follow the link for additional information about the curriculum for Key Stage 3 and 4 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-secondary-curriculum