Vision Statements

History

 

“At Crossacres we want all of our children to have an understanding of our past and how History will shape their future.

 

Our History curriculum will be full of topics which foster awe and wonder an drive children to ask the question why.

 

The History topics will help children to gain an understanding of the complexity of people’s lives and the process of change; as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.”  Miss. Brophy

 

Mathematics

 

“We aim to produce confident learners who are able to see and make connections between the different areas of Mathematics.  Our children will be able to confidently solve problems, reason mathematically and successfully perform investigations by drawing upon the mathematical experiences and knowledge gained through a rich, broad and exciting Mathematics curriculum.  Mathematical learning at Crossacres will allow children to deepen their understanding and master key concepts.  Children from Crossacres will use their skills and confidence to contribute positively to society.”  Mr. Silver and Mrs. Raw

 

French

 

“Learning another language gives children the valuable opportunity to develop positive attitudes to and respect for languages and cultures other than their own.  We aim to foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of both the world around them and their own language.  Our children will be able to acquire and develop language skills, using what they have learned in a range of contexts with increasing competence and confidence.”  Miss. Parker

 

Music

 

“Music is a language.  Every culture makes music which speaks to us in different ways; it creates strong feelings, builds memories and ignites passion.  The children of Crossacres will appreciate the language of music by learning about and listening to the music of great composers, music linked to world events and festivals and songs whose words inspire, communicate and teach.  Children will experience playing an instrument and experimenting with the sounds they make and the joy of learning to play as a group, to listen to rhythm and read musical notation and to evaluate compositions.  Children will enjoy singing as a collective group, as a community which sings to celebrate and help us enjoy and remember our days at school.”  Mrs. Christie

 

Geography

 

“At Crossacres, we want our children to have a curiosity and fascination of the world that will stay with them through their lives.

 

We understand how it has never been more important for children to have a comprehensive global understanding of our world and the peoples and cultures that inhabit it.  Through this understanding, children will develop respect for the physical world and the vast scope of cultures that make up our diverse planet.

 

We aim to develop the children’s interest in a variety of physical and human environments in the wider world by expanding horizons out of the local community.  Opportunities to use a range of investigative and problem-solving skills inside the classroom will be rooted in each topic area.  These skills will be put into practice outside the classroom through local fieldwork and trips.

 

Our primary focus is for all children to have an understanding of the world: people, places and environments and how they are changing over time.  The outstanding teaching of Geography at Crossacres will encourage this.”  Mr. Butler

 

Curriculum

 

“Our curriculum will inspire all learners at Crossacres.  It will capture the interests of each pupil, providing exciting and enriching learning experiences which encourage children to be independent learners, to ask and answer questions and learn about the world around them.  Children will move through school learning about a variety of pupil-centred topics which are tailored to meet their individual needs and harness their love of learning.”  Mrs. Christie

 

SMSC

 

“Crossacres Primary Academy believes that SMSC should be embedded across the whole curriculum.  We will explore our own beliefs, experiences, values, principles, moral and ethical views, celebrate them and accept those from different countries, religions and cultures.  To do this, we will look at social opportunities in different contexts, work in a team and celebrate our diversity within the school community to ensure that children leave Crossacres as caring, thoughtful, respectful members of the community, able to use their empathetic skills to involve themselves in and enrich the community they live in.”  Miss. Boswell & Mrs. Blay

 

Spelling, Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

 

“At Crossacres, we want our children to have a deep understanding of how our language works, enabling them to make choices and have greater control over their writing.  We aim to equip our children with the skills they need to use Standard English confidently and effectively throughout their school career and into their lives beyond school.”  Miss. Parker

 

Design and Technology

 

“Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject.  Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems, within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.

 

At Crossacres Primary Academy we aim to offer a challenging, engaging Design and Technology curriculum, which is consolidated across all curriculum areas.  This will be delivered by knowledgeable and highly motivated teachers, who support all children so they can reach their full potential.”  Mrs. Bowcott

 

Out of School Care Club

 

“At Crossacres Out of School Care Club, we provide the highest standards of pastoral care and child protection and have effective home/school links to enable us all to work in partnership.  Children have a right to an environment that facilitates their development and maximises their potential.  They have a right to be cared for in an environment that is happy and supportive.

 

Crossacres Out of School Care Club has a strong equal opportunities and inclusion policy, offering freedom from discrimination for all children, whatever their age, gender, ethnicity, attainment and background.  We operate an ethos of always trying to do the best we possibly can for the families who entrust their children into our care.  Our close relationships with parents enables us to be confident in the knowledge that their child is being well cared for and nurtured outside of school hours.”  Miss. Gorton

 

Religious Education

 

“Religious Education for children and young people provokes challenging questions about the meaning and purpose of life.  It develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity amongst other religion and religious traditions.  RE enables pupils to build their sense of identity and belonging, which helps them flourish within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society.  It teaches pupils to develop respect for others, including people with different faiths and beliefs and helps to challenge prejudice.  RE prompts pupils to consider their responsibilities to themselves and to others and to explore how they might contribute to their communities and to the wider society.  It encourages empathy, generosity and compassion.

 

At Crossacres Primary Academy, we provide an outstanding RE curriculum, which allows our children to embrace the diverse global community in which they live.  Through a broad range of cross-curricular opportunities, our children experience world religions and learn to live respectfully together.”  Mrs. Sanders-Dunbar

 

Physical Education

 

For children to have a passion for Physical Education and sport that lasts a lifetime, both in school and in the wider community.  For all children to receive an equal opportunity to engage in activities that they have an enthusiasm for.

 

That all children will understand the importance of other aspects of physical well-being, such as making healthy lifestyle choices and sportsmanship.  This will be a part of their lives, not only in school, but at home as well.”  Mrs. Grzelak

 

PSHE

 

“PSHE at Crossacres sets learning within real-life contexts that affect our children, their parents and teachers.  This is reflected in all areas of the curriculum and is set within a healthy, citizenship-rich, extended and sustainable school.

 

All members of the Crossacres community model the behaviours and values that enrich and reinforce those taught through a cross-curricular approach.

 

A deeply embedded PSHE education enables children to make informed decisions and take opportunities that will help them to live happy, healthy and fulfilled lives, and develop a strong sense of citizenship within the community both now and in the future.” Mrs. Grzelak

 

Computing

 

“Computing is an integral part of everyday life and will play an immeasurable part in our children’s futures.  Crossacres Primary Academy will provide our children with the skills, creativity and enthusiasm to live and thrive in a world increasingly dependent on computing.

 

Each child will be able to use the Internet in a safe and respectful way.  They will understand the necessary precautions to take, to stay safe and know where to seek help.  No child will feel threatened or unsafe whilst using the Internet at school or at home. Children will also utilise the Internet efficiently to enhance their learning of all subjects. The school will provide a rich bank of curriculum-based resources for children and parents to access at home.

 

Standards of attainment across the school will exceed that which is expected of our children nationally. The school will utilise up-to-date technology to achieve these outstanding results across all year groups. Children will be able to write and debug code successfully and with confidence, using a variety of languages. Extra-curricular groups will foster passion and creativity for computing.  All staff will be confident users and teachers of all relevant software and hardware available.

 

All members of the school community will contribute to the school’s online presence. Our school website and social media pages will showcase the excellent work being carried out by our children. “  Mr. Higham

 

English

 

“For all children to achieve national and above in all areas of English as well as making outstanding progress at Crossacres.

 

We want to create children who are enthusiastic, lively writers with an innate desire to read for pleasure. Children will experience an abundance of quality, engaging texts that stimulate children to write in lessons; delivered by teachers with excellent subject knowledge that motivate children to achieve their potential.

 

We want children to leave our school, fully equipped with the literacy skills to achieve their dreams in future life and memories of their literacy journey at Crossacres lasting a life time.”   Mrs. Cordwell