Our Curriculum

Our School Vision – The Curriculum 

Our School Motto - ‘Empower and Entrust’

Hill Avenue Academy will work with everyone to create a happy, safe and stimulating setting where children are motivated to learn together. By maintaining high expectations of ourselves and each other, our children will be equipped to encounter opportunities and challenges with resilience and determination. We encourage a curiosity about the world and strive to ensure that our children will contribute positively to it, both now and in the future.

Academic achievement is only part of the vision for this school. The school is characterised by its varied, creative and challenging curriculum based on real, enquiry-based learning. We aim to enrich the lives of all children through varied extra-curricular opportunities which take learning above and beyond. 

An important and distinctive feature of our school is the very positive relationships enjoyed by pupils, staff, parents and governors. A central aim of Hill Avenue Academy is to provide a rich and supportive, child-centred learning environment, which is age appropriate for the needs of all our pupils. In this we recognise that some pupils experience very heavy burdens and are vulnerable. We make it our mission to support these pupils by providing them with emotional support as well as ensuring the curriculum is based on consistent, child-centred, high quality teaching and learning throughout the school.

Hill Avenue Academy is an inclusive school, intent on ensuring that all pupils reach their potential in a culture of proven success. As a team, we are passionate about preparing our pupils to be successful adults in an ever-changing, technologically advanced society. We encourage our pupils to aim high. We value their individuality and creativity, and equip them with the skills, self-discipline, and confidence to succeed. Where there are barriers, we pride ourselves on embracing different approaches and seizing new opportunities to ensure high-quality teaching and learning.
Our whole school curriculum is underpinned by these 5 principles linked to our British Values (our Top 5 Values):
1. Respect and cooperation
2. Independence and collaboration
3. Trust and appreciation
4. Responsibility and perseverance
5. Courage and Inventiveness

Overall Curriculum Intent - The curriculum is about achievement, enjoyment and enrichment.

The child is at the centre of what we do at Hill Avenue Academy. Our curriculum is built on strong pedagogical principles, with every child encouraged to meet and achieve their full potential. In the Early Years Foundation Stage, children learn through play and exploration, and are given opportunities to think creatively and critically from an early age. We make it our aim to discover what children are good at and use this to promote a positive attitude to learning. The context of our school population, comprised of different backgrounds, is reflected in the curriculum we deliver. It is broad and balanced, with opportunities for pupils to celebrate, share, and learn about their different cultural and spiritual beliefs.
The breadth of curriculum content allows pupils to explore through an enquiry-based curriculum where there are no limits to learning and there is a clear development of skills through inter-disciplinary learning and progression mapping. 

Curriculum Implementation

The curriculum is based on good quality resources. English is taught through high quality whole class texts, and Maths is taught through using the principles of fluency, reasoning and problem solving, with empirical mathematical resources used every lesson. The rest of the curriculum is based around experiential learning, where enquiry-based learning features highly and every half-term lessons are built around a key question linked to the wider world. The school has adapted the curriculum to help reflect and represent the needs of our pupils. Creativity and teacher expertise is woven into the curriculum with specialist teachers and outside agencies working with pupils and teachers, sharing great practice and ensuring that learners learn from the best.

Each subject area has a subject intent, whole school policy, and an annual action plan which outlines development opportunities and clearly links with the school development plan.
Curriculum Impact

The impact of the curriculum is monitored though triangulation of outcomes: pupil voice, test/data outcomes, planning, monitoring of books and displays, lesson learning walks, discussions with teaching staff, pupils and parents.

Pupils, parents, staff and governors are consistently and regularly consulted about the curriculum and the impact that it makes.
The desired outcomes of the curriculum will ensure that pupils are well rounded students, ready to embark on high school education. They will be equipped with the foundations and skills to achieve success in later education. Pupils will have an understanding of what they are good at and have developed skills to face their challenges.

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Hill Avenue Academy

Hill Avenue,
Wolverhampton WV4 6PY
Telephone: 01902 558750