Pupils at Dartford Primary Academy are given opportunities to engage in cross-curricular topics that engage the mind. Pupils in KS1 and KS2 are given the opportunity to explore a range of writing genres through quality texts, from an assortment of well-known authors.
Narratives (incorporating a variety of genres including myths and legends, adventure and familiar settings), explanations, persuasion, instructions, discussion, non-chronological reports, poetry and drama. Through exploring various texts, the children will have the opportunity to see high quality vocabulary and accurate use of punctuation which will be used as a stimulus for their grammar, punctuation and spelling lessons.
Pupils are given many high quality opportunities to develop their curiosity and creativity. They are encouraged to use their imagination, for example when thinking of ways to praise a friend, and are taught to respect the feelings and viewpoints of others.
Pupils are engaged and motivated by the way teachers present and teach the well-planned curriculum. This not only ensures that good learning takes place but makes a strong contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Teaching assistants make a strong contribution to the good learning taking place, especially when pupils with special educational needs are taught in small groups outside the classroom. They work in very close partnership with teachers and bring an additional range of helpful skills and experiences into the classrooms.