Upperwood
Academy

The Upperwood Curriculum

At Upperwood Academy we have designed a progressive and cumulative curriculum that clearly identifies the knowledge that children need. The knowledge they need to function successfully in their current and future learning and the knowledge they need to be successful in their life beyond the school gates. This knowledge not only reflects the National Curriculum but reflects the wider knowledge required to operate in a modern, ever changing society. The broad and balanced curriculum at Upperwood Academy promotes Spiritual, Moral, Cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and prepare pupils for the responsibilities of later life. 

Knowledge is taught to be remembered, not merely encountered: Our curriculum is not simply a set of encounters from which children form ad hoc memories; it is designed to be remembered in detail; to be stored in our students’ long-term memories so that they can later build on it forming ever wider and deeper understanding of their world. Knowledge is sequenced and mapped deliberately and coherently; Beyond the knowledge specified for each unit, our knowledge-rich curriculum is planned so that knowledge is built upon, lesson by lesson and year by year. Curriculum links allow for deeper acquisition of knowledge. For example, in Geography, our pupils learn about the City of London in Year 1, this knowledge then is built upon in History when studying the Great Fire of London in Year 2 and again further understanding of our society is built upon when children study Parliament and the Democratic system in KS2. Our Curriculum plans are granular, they specifically state what children will learn in each lesson so that the curriculum in its entirety is delivered to every pupil ensuring all children have the knowledge they need.

Children with wide and deep knowledge do better in school; not only are they more likely to succeed, they also read more readily and are more socially able - this is the purpose of the Upperwood Curriculum. 

We are incredibly proud of our curriculum and the experiences we provide children. We are proud that our curriculum gives our children the knowledge, skills, confidence and self-belief to lead a happy and fulfilled life.

Our Curriculum maps for each class:

Our school charters will be implemented in the near future. The charters will follow each child throughout their time during each Key Stage of their school life, giving them the opportunity to experience a wide range activities whilst inspiring them to realise their full potential and help shape their futures. 

Year 1 and 2 observing the tiger at Yorkshire Wildlife Park!

Year 1 and 2 observing the tiger at Yorkshire Wildlife Park!

Proud!

Proud!

Building a home in EYFS.

Building a home in EYFS.

Year 1 observing the artefacts at Maurice Dobson museum.

Year 1 observing the artefacts at Maurice Dobson museum.