Teaching and Learning

Children at Simpson’s Lane Academy are taught in mixed ability classes in the care of their own class teacher who has responsibility for education, welfare and discipline. The Head of Academy has the overall responsibility for these areas within the academy.

The academy follows the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum for Nursery and Reception and the National Curriculum for children in Year 1 to Year 6. The National Curriculum comprises of ten subjects. Religious Education is not part of the National Curriculum but is also a core subject.

The core and foundation subjects are taught, where possible, through enhanced cross-curricular topics in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

We endeavour to foster a love for learning while at the same time developing essential life skills. ICT is at the heart of curriculum, with all children from Year 2 to Year 6 provided with their own netbook, which is used to support their learning throughout the curriculum.

Relationships between staff and pupils are very positive...In class, they show good attitudes to learning, are attentive, and sit up straight and listen when the teacher is talking. Ofsted - March 2016

The curriculum provides pupils with many opportunities to develop their understanding of the wider world amd different cultures and faiths. Ofsted - March 2016

Teaching is good throughout the school. All lessons are characterised by outstanding relationships between adults and pupils, and by pupils’ positive attitudes to learning. Ofsted- May 2012

Pupils show positive attitudes to their learning because the lessons are fast paced and the verbal feedback to help pupils make progress is often outstanding. There are also examples of high-quality marking that shows pupils how to improve their work. Ofsted- May 2012

Children get off to a good start in Nursery and make accelerated progress in Reception, particularly in their development of language and literacy skills. This is because adults give good attention to children’s understanding of letters and sounds. These experiences prepare children well for their learning later in their education. Ofsted- May 2012