Our curriculum is underpinned by the National Curriculum (2014), we enhance this with other opportunities and experiences that make up the wider school curriculum. Learning is always exciting and in a meaningful context for children. Where commonality exists between subjects and aspects, learning is linked and lessons taught using a cross-curricular topic-based approach. Where this is not achievable subjects are taught discretely. The rehearsal and application of basic skills learned in the core curriculum is a driver for the entire curriculum.
We place a strong emphasis on the development of the basic skills necessary to be confident independent learners and successful adults. Children rapidly begin to develop their phonic knowledge and skills and begin to apply this in their reading and writing in our Reception class and throughout the rest of the academy, based on the needs of each individual child. Phonics sessions are delivered daily in small focused groups that include children from all year groups. At Mersey we follow synthetic phonics - encouraging children to blend and segment letter sounds in order to develop reading and spelling skills.Our reading scheme in Key Stage 1 is Bug Club, which allows children to develop into lifelong learners.
All children engage in daily English lessons as part of a bespoke writing cycle where they develop their speaking and listening, writing, reading and comprehension skills in addition to developing a command of all aspects of the English language. Maths at Mersey is carefully planned using the Same Day Intervention approach, in order to develop children’s mathematical understanding. In order to do this teachers work alongside the children in exciting well paced lessons in order to ensure progress within the lesson is made.
At Mersey Primary Academy we strive to develop a strong sense of moral purpose in addition to a respect and understanding of people who have different characteristics to themselves, whether that be age, disability, gender, race or sexuality. A rigorous, well planned curriculum, delivered by excellent staff in an ethos of care, love and support enables our pupils to be well rounded, empathetic young people who have a thirst for learning and respect for all around them.
Religious Education is delivered through the East Yorkshire Locally Agreed Syllabus.
Sex and relationship education is taught to all children, mainly in Years 5 and 6 in Key Stage 2. If parents do not want this taught to their child, they can withdraw them from these sessions.
In Year 4 children go swimming and the aim is to ensure that all children learn to swim before they leave the school.
In Year 5 children learn to ride a bicycle correctly, gaining bikeablity awards for proficiency.