Applied Transdiscipline Learning, inc. Science and other NC subjectsMFL 2 Theatre/Music/PE

The day, week and year

  • The Livingstone Academy Bournemouth will have a longer day than most schools from Year 7. From Reception to the end of Year 6 students will attend from 8.30 a.m. until 3 p.m. There will be two 30 minute breaks each day.
  • Year 7 to 11, 8.30 a.m to 4.30 p.m. (Friday 3 p.m. finish). There will be two 30 minute breaks per day.
  • Post-16 will have a more flexible timetable with 12 hours of A level teaching a week in school, at least 6 hours online from home and 1 day of the Aspirations employability Diploma work a week.

The Year will amount to 39 weeks of school.

The curriculum for all students will be taught in seven-week blocks across the year. Every seventh week there will be an innovation and assessment week. This will include testing, innovation challenges, and PSHEE/RE workshops:

The Academy week:

Subject/other activity (e.g. enrichment)Hours per week for each subject/ activity
Reception
Phonics Daily sessionsApprox. 5 
Learn and play (see later)Approx. 20 
Years 1-4
LiteracyDiscrete 5 hours
NumeracyDiscrete 5 hours
Applied Transdiscipline Learning – including the NC subjects + embedded Literacy and numeracy and computing + Spanish from Year 1 15 hours
PREP time at the end of each day (review of work, preparation for the next day, homework guidance) 2.5 hours (30 minutes per day)
Enrichment time: breakfast clubs will operate, and at the end of each day, and there will be a selection of after school enrichment activities (peripatetic music, sport, and others)Breakfast up to 30 minutes a day before school, enrichment up to 1 hour a day (not Friday)
On-line learning at home. All pupils will be given homework Up to one hour a night
Years 5 and 6
Literacy5
Numeracy5
Computer thinking 2
Spanish1
Performance (Music/Drama/PE) 1
Applied Transdiscipline Learning, inc. Science and other NC subjects 11
PREP time at the end of each day (review of work, preparation for the next day, homework guidance) English 5 Maths 5 Physics 2 Chemistry 2 Biology 2 which will be preparation for the next day’s learning. 2.5 hours (30 minutes per day)
Enrichment time: breakfast clubs will operate, and there will be a selection of after school enrichment activities(peripatetic music, sport, and others) Breakfast up to 30 minutes a day before school, enrichment up to 1 hour a day (not Friday)
On-line learning at home. All pupils will be given homeworkUp to one hour a night
Years 7, 8 and 9
Applied Transdiscipline Learning (plus some single discipline workshops) incorporating Computer Science/IT, Geography, History, Art and Design/ Technology, Science and English. *Computer science GCSE will be taught through these assignments 10
MFL 2 Theatre/Music/PE 3
PREP time at the end of each day (review of work, preparation for the next day, homework guidance) 2.5 hours (30 minutes per day)
Enrichment time: breakfast clubs will operate, and there will be a selection of after school enrichment activities(peripatetic music, sport, and others) Breakfast up to 30 minutes a day before school, enrichment up to 1 hour a day (not Friday)
On-line learning at home. All pupils will be given homework Up to one hour a night
Years 10 and 11
English 5
Maths5
Physics2
Chemistry2
Biology2
MFL2
Two of: Geography/Art/History/Technology4
Theatre/Music/PE3
Project Based Learning using Twin motion, etc6
PREP time at the end of each day (review of work, preparation for the next day, homework guidance) Art and Design * Geography * History * Spanish * Economics * Computer Science. 2.5 hours (30 minutes per day)
Enrichment time: breakfast clubs will operate, and there will be a selection of after school enrichment activities(peripatetic music, sport, and others) Breakfast up to 30 minutes a day before school, enrichment up to 1 hour a day (not Friday)
On-line learning at home. All pupils will be given homework which will be preparation for the next day’s learning. Up to one hour a night
Post 16 (2 year A Level programme)
Choice of three A levels from: * English Language * Maths * Further Maths * Chemistry * Biology * Physics * Psychology3 x 4 = 12
On-line learning from homeAt least 6 hours
Aspirations Employability Diploma (using Unreal Engine4 hours
There will be a selection of school enrichment activities both within and outside the normal school day (sport, drama, debating, dependent on need)
Early Years (Reception, Ages 4-5) Various

Curriculum in detail

The youngest students at the Livingstone Academy Bournemouth are Reception age. The Reception year is vitally important as it prepares children for formal education. At the Academy we will strive to ensure that all children are healthy, safe and resilient, and that they develop the ability and curiosity to learn. Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that we provide helps them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s first experience of school has a major impact on their future. In Reception at the Livingstone Academy Bournemouth we will aspire to provide:

  • Quality and consistency of teaching and learning experiences so that every child makes good progress and no child gets left behind;
  • A secure foundation through learning and development opportunities which are planned around the needs and interests of each individual child and are assessed and reviewed regularly;
  • Partnership working between practitioners and with parents and/or carers;
  • Equality of opportunity for each and every child.
  • Four principles shape the practice in our Reception setting:
    • Every child is unique, constantly learning and we will help each one to become resilient, capable, confident and self-assured;
    • Children will learn to be strong and independent through the positive relationships we will foster;
    • Children learn and thrive in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers;
    • Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.

In Reception, the Academy will provide opportunities to;

  • Play and explore – children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’.
  • Actively learn – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements
  • Be creative and think critically – children develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.
  • Use phonics daily and parents are taught too!
  • Ensure children are challenged at their level.
  • Focus on learning and developing ALL the time.

Our Expectations of Reception Year:

  • Literacy is used as the key to being a successful learner
  • Children will complete activities at the Academy that develop their literacy skills – such as guided reading sessions, story time and writing.
  • All children are expected to complete fun activities at home that contribute to their early literacy learning.
  • All children will be able to use their phonic knowledge to read and write simple sentences by the end of reception
  • Children are encouraged and supported to develop their independence and become ‘ready for school.’
  • There is a smooth transition between the Early Years and Year 1 in order for children to continue their learning journey.
  • By the time they start year 1 they are ready for a more formal approach to learning.
  • By the end of the Reception Year the literacy ability of each child will have been fully assessed enabling us to provide the necessary challenge and support to ensure their positive academic development.

The curriculum in the Early Years will fully comply with the EYFS requirements for Reception. The classrooms in Reception will be set out according to the 7 different areas of learning: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Communication and Language, Literacy (Reading and Writing), Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. We will take a topic based learning approach to enable students to find relevance in their learning; making it meaningful and purposeful. Students will be given the opportunity to choose the topics they would like to learn about linked to their current interests. Phonics will be taught using the Read Write Inc. scheme, supplemented with Letters and Sounds and Jolly Phonics. Pupils are taught set 1 and 2 sounds in the Early Years. They learn set 3 sounds (alternative versions of the long vowels) during Key Stage 1.

The general approach to learning to be introduced in Reception will be through ‘Learn and Play’. Jewell Academy Bournemouth has a real strength in this area (judged to be outstanding by Ofsted) and the staff from this Academy have been involved in training and introducing this approach to all Trust primary academies. It is centred on the Child Initiated Activities (CIA) approach that encourages pupils to make the decisions about the learning they will cover. This encourages creativity, decision–making and problem-solving as well as the softer skills such as team work. The teachers model the learning of phonics, numeracy, routines, etc, around this approach.

KS1/2 

Years 1 – 4 Principles: 

  • The curriculum in Years 1 to 4 is skills guided by the requirements of the National Curriculum
  • There will be a mixture of single discipline learning and Applied Transdiscipline Learning
  • Have a strong emphasis on literacy and numeracy – discrete and reinforced in the ATL curriculum – students will read and have a weekly written task.
  • Digital output will be combined with written output.
  • All students will maintain a digital portfolio of their best work from Year 3.
  • Computational thinking skills will be woven into all aspects of the curriculum.
  • All students will receive personalised support.
  • Spanish will be introduced in Year 1.
  • There will be regular testing/assessment.
  • From Year 2 students will take the English Speaking Board qualification to improve their confidence and speaking skills
  • Pupils will be taught to programme, model and create using the computer

Early experiences have a major impact on future life chances, consequently, the primary years are crucial for establishing strong foundations on which to build. Throughout the Primary Academy years we will have an unrelenting focus on developing language, numeracy and computational skills, building character, nurturing sound values and good habits.

Key Stage 2

Years 5 – 6 

Here the curriculum will be very similar to that experienced in Years 3 and 4, however an increasing amount of specialist teaching will be experienced in English, Maths, Computational Thinking, Spanish, and Music/Drama.

Key Stage 3 and 4

Years 7 to 11 

All subjects will have computational thinking streaming through them, as part of the learning process in all subjects. All students will follow a broad and balanced curriculum resulting in the achievement of ten GCSE’s by the end of Year 11 (see earlier table). Applied Transdiscipline Learning will be used in KS3 designed to ensure full curriculum coverage although at the same time demonstrating the inter-connectivity of different subjects. It is expected that students will sit the Computer Science GCSE at the end of Year 9.

From Year 9 to Year 11 students will follow the following subjects:

  • English Language and Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Computer Science (probably examined end of Year 9)
  • Spanish
  • Two from:
    • Geography
    • History
    • Art and Design
    • Technology

The following electives will be taught in each Year group but not examined:

  • Theatre (This is essentially drama, however the aim is to develop both performance and production skills with students working together to develop, rehearse and produce a public performance)
  • Music performance and technology (Students will be involved in developing music using either traditional instruments or electronically resulting in performance)
  • PE

In Years 7 to 11 there will be 31.5 hours of teaching time a week, plus 2 hours of PREP/Mentoring time a week.

Every 6 weeks, so six times a year, there will be a whole week of testing and innovation. During these weeks student progress will be examined in each examination subject and innovation activities and design competitions involving people from digital industries will take place. Also, twice a year, all students will exhibit their digital portfolios of their very best work to their parents and mentor. During these weeks the PSHEE and RE National Curriculum requirements will also be delivered.

Key Stage 5

All mainstream Post 16 students will follow three mainstream A levels from a choice of 13 mainstream A levels:

* English Language * Maths * Further Maths * Chemistry * Biology * Physics * Psychology * Art and Design * Geography * History * Economics * Computer Science.

Further A level subjects, such as Engineering, are available delivered by the nearby Magna Academy Poole as the timetables at post 16 are interlinked to provide economies of scale.

Within each A Level course there will be an increasing emphasis on the application of real-life examples from the digital industries sector and computational thinking.

Each A Level course will receive 4 hours of teaching a week in school and 2 hours a week online learning at home.

One full day a week will be spent on the Aspirations Employability Diploma, with students working alongside people from with the digital industries sector on specific industry driven PBL.

All students will leave the academy with the Unreal Engine accreditation.

Facilities:

The academy will be open plan and classroom centred creating a range of learning environments. There will be two high level computer labs capable of running the requirements of Unreal Engine. There will also be a well-equipped creator space.

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