Curriculum Statement

What makes the curriculum unique at Jerry Clay Academy?

The children are at the heart of our curriculum.

We believe that every child should have the opportunity to develop and build their self-esteem and self-confidence.

We encourage our children to have high aspirations and strive for the best.  We want our children to be responsible and effective by the time they finish their journey at Jerry Clay Academy and move onto the next phase of their lives.

Over the last two years we have been developing the curriculum  that we provide for our children.  Our main aim is to provide exciting, stimulating connected learning which the children become fully absorbed in using a cross-curricular approach.  We strive to encompass as many curriculum subjects into each topic, making them relevant and meaningful for our children.

We use a number of different approaches to explore and deliver the topics to ensure we enable our children to develop all the skills they need to be confident and successful learners.  All our children are involved in the planning stage of new topics as we value their ideas and contributions; we believe that children learn best when they are able to steer and direct their own learning.  We want our children to be inquisitive and passionate about their learning and spark a desire for life long learning.


The Curriculum Aims of the School

Jerry Clay Academy aims to provide a balanced curriculum based on the following principles.

  1. To help pupils to develop lively, enquiring minds, the ability to question and argue rationally and to apply themselves to tasks and physical skills.
  2. To help pupils to acquire knowledge and skills relevant to adult life and employment in a fast changing world.
  3. To help pupils to use language and number efficiently.
  4. To instil respect for religious values, and tolerance of other races, religions and ways of life.
  5. To help pupils to understand the world in which they live and the interdependence of individuals, groups and nations.
  6. To help pupils to appreciate human achievements and aspirations.


Curriculum Organisation

The general principles within which the curriculum will develop are contained in the Education Reform Act. The Act also sets out key elements that must figure in every pupil’s curriculum. These key elements which comprise the basic curriculum include:

  • Religious Education for all pupils

The National Curriculum for children of compulsory School age.


The National Curriculum comprises:

Four Core Subjects Foundation Subjects
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • ICT
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • Design Technology
  • Art
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Spanish is compulsory at KS2 but is also taught in Y1 and Y2


These ten subjects are not intended to be a complete curriculum and other aspects may include personal and social education as well as health education and swimming. The curriculum at Jerry Clay Academy is creative and cross curricular and relevant to an ever changing 21st century world. An approximate number of hours of taught time are spent weekly as follows:

  • 5 hours for infants
  • 5 hours for juniors


Curriculum Statement

At Jerry Clay Academy we recognise that all pupils are entitled to have access to a broad range of learning experiences which allow them to develop the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes necessary for their self-fulfilment and to enable them to play a full part as responsible citizens in the 2lst Century. The curriculum aims to provide opportunities for all pupils to learn and to achieve, irrespective of social background, culture, race, gender, differences in ability and disabilities.

We aim to provide skills of literacy, numeracy, and information and communication technology, helping them to develop enquiring minds and the ability to think rationally.

The curriculum also promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and supports them in developing principles for distinguishing between right and wrong. Pupils are encouraged to think creatively and critically and to respect others and the environments in which they live. The curriculum enables pupils to develop their physical skills and promotes their personal and social well-being.

We believe that the curriculum should stimulate enjoyment of, and commitment to, learning as a means of encouraging the best possible progress and the highest attainment for all pupils, preparing them effectively for the next steps in their education.


Reading Schemes

At Jerry Clay Academy we use Read Write Inc as our preferred way of delivering high quality teaching of synthetic phonics.

Read Write Inc. combines 5 clear steps to ensure real success in literacy:

  • A systematic and dynamic whole-school approach
  • High quality literacy teaching
  • Inspiring whole-school literacy training
  • Effective assessment and grouping
  • Ensures parents are kept fully involved

More information about Read Write In is available below:

Read Write Inc website
Phonemes Pronunciation Guide
Read Write Inc. in action