The 'Core Subjects' section of our curriculum is comprised of Mathematics, English, Science and ICT/ Computing & E-Safety. Further information is included below:
At Witham St. Hughs Academy, we are committed to providing the highest standards of achievement in mathematics. All children are entitled to access all programmes of study in the National Curriculum. We implement a progressive structure regarding the learning of mathematics. Children are taught a range of strategies for calculating answers to problems mentally, as well as the more usual written methods. Through the mathematics curriculum, we equip pupils with a set of tools to understand and access the world in which they live. These tools include logical reasoning, problem solving and the ability to think in abstract ways. Mathematics is a core subject which is vital in everyday life. It is essential in everything we construct, everything we calculate and many problems that we have to solve. We therefore endeavour to ensure that pupils develop a healthy and enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics that will stay with them throughout their future.
Establishing high standards of pupil achievement in English is a priority at Witham St. Hughs Academy. The National Curriculum provides the main direction for the English provision offered by the academy. Within lessons, pupils receive direct teaching of reading, writing, spelling, and speaking and listening. Children learn about a range of different text types, and about the key features of each style of writing. When learning phonics throughout Key Stage 1, pupils use the Read Write Inc Scheme.
Our science curriculum provides opportunities for children to develop knowledge and understanding of important scientific ideas, processes and skills and relate these to their everyday lives. Our children are given opportunities to learn about ways of thinking and of communicating ideas. They investigate scientific concepts and processes in a fun and exploratory way which promotes scientific thinking and a love of learning.
ICT / Computing and E-Safety
Computing prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are being increasingly transformed by access to varied and developing technology. Computing is primarily concerned with the use of computers and programming, but also includes children becoming proficient in the use of a variety of audio visual aids including digital cameras, CD players and programmable toys.
Computing is used throughout the curriculum and children use it to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information. The school is equipped with a network of desktops, laptops and a large bank of iPads which allow access to email and the internet. Each class is timetabled to use the academy’s computing suite each week. During these sessions, children either learn a specific ICT skill or develop their programming and computing skills through the "Switched On Computing" Curriculum.
All teaching rooms have access to interactive whiteboards or Clever Touch screens which are used to enhance learning opportunities for the children.
E-safety is an integral part of Computing at Witham St. Hughs Academy. Children discuss the importance of e-safety each time they access digital media. The SMART computing rules, of staying safe online are embedded throughout the school in all subjects.