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Nelson Academy Curriculum Intent Statement

At Nelson Academy, every child is recognised and valued as a unique individual within their own right. We strive to ensure that the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs are actively promoted, and we welcome differences within both our school community and beyond; we believe our bespoke curriculum reflects this.

Our purpose is to be the kindling that ignites the flame of learning, through a curriculum that is enjoyable and engaging - as well as intellectually challenging.

The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values, and by acquiring new and emerging vocabulary that enriches our children as learners, our school ethos acknowledges the importance of these new and evolving words, which supports the acquisition of oracy skills. We constantly provide enhancement opportunities to develop and engage children in their learning; we believe that childhood should be a happy, investigative and enquiring time in our lives, where there are no limits to curiosity and there is a thirst for new experiences and knowledge.  

Our curriculum is designed to recognise children’s prior learning and build upon this to enhance and extend individual skills and knowledge, by providing first-hand learning experiences by allowing the children to develop interpersonal skills, build resilience and become creative, critical thinkers. At Nelson Academy, this approach to our curriculum ensure that we are complying with our duties as set out in the Equality Act 2010 and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014  by ensuring that our curriculum is accessible for those with disabilities or special educational needs.

We take a holistic approach to learning and believe that through language, mathematics, science, humanities, arts and religion, we can promote and foster the intellectual, moral, spiritual, aesthetic, social, emotional and physical development of all our children. We strongly believe that our curriculum promotes positive attitudes to learning, which reflect the values and skills needed to promote responsibility for life-long learning and future success. 

Community involvement is an essential part of our curriculum as we celebrate local traditions, learning new skills to enable the children to take an active role in events throughout the year. Children leave the academy with raised aspirations and a sense of belonging to a tight-knit community, where they have the confidence and skills to make decisions, self-evaluate, make connections and, through active engagement, learn the different ways through which humans make sense of the world.

We are ‘transforming lives, transforming communities’.