The curriculum at Warwick Academy allows students to respond positively to opportunities, challenges and responsibilities, whether it is here in Bermuda or in the global employment market. We are committed to providing a demanding and challenging curriculum that develops an appreciation of their own and different beliefs and cultures, and how these influence individuals and societies. We recognise the importance of nurturing a student's spiritual, moral, social and cultural compass and, in particular, develop principles for distinguishing between right and wrong and encouraging good choices. We do this through our pastoral focus which supports our curriculum model.
An effective curriculum gives teachers, students, parents, employers and the wider community a clear and shared understanding of the skills and knowledge that young people will gain at school. The curriculum makes expectations for learning and attainment explicit to students, parents, teachers, governors, employers and the public, and establishes standards for the performance of all students in the subjects it includes. These standards can be used to set targets for improvement, measure progress towards those targets, and monitor and compare performance between individuals, groups and schools.
The Primary section of the school uses the UK National Curriculum as the basis for our approach. This curriculum is, of course, adapted to take account of the fact that this is Bermuda and thus there are different opportunities available to us here compared to the UK. For example each year group covers a unit of study that looks at different aspects of life in Bermuda.
Our new Reception programme, housed in a purpose designed Reception unit on the school site, offers parents and children an opportunity to establish key skills and knowledge prior to moving to Year 1. For more information on our Reception programme, please visit our Reception page.
In Year 1 to Year 4 Class Teachers teach: English (which includes some aspects of Drama), Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Art. Specialist teachers are involved in the teaching of: Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) Physical Education (PE), Music, Computing and Modern Foreign Languages (MFL).
In Year 5 and Year 6 we move to three classes (from two lower down). The children experience the same specialist taught subjects however at this point the Class Teachers also specialize in subject areas. One teacher specializes in teaching all the English in Year 5 , one all the Mathematics and the third teacher will focus on Science and Humanities. This same approach is used in Year 6. We believe this supports our pupils towards a smoother transition into the Secondary section of the school, where they will have different teachers in different rooms for all their subjects.
Each year group covers six units of study in a year. Units are studied for approximately 5 weeks. Each unit aims to integrate the curriculum areas as much as possible to ensure we are taking a cross curricular approach.
Assessment in Primary is currently based on level assessment as used in the UK. We level in Maths and English at the end of each year from Year 2 and in Year 6 we also level in Science. We use this levelling structure to ensure greater consistency amongst teachers within subjects. It also allows parents and students to compare their attainment against rigorously set levels/stages of achievement. Importantly, it gives structure to students and teachers as to what needs to be done to improve achievement. The use of level descriptors means that achievement can be qualified against a set of specific attainment targets as opposed to "homespun" criteria. Secondary also uses level assessment so parents are able to track their child's progress across the transition from Year 6 into Year 7 in the areas of Mathematics, English and Science.
Within the Primary section we also offer Learning Enrichment. Support and extension work is offered to those students we identify as in need of enrichment in one form or another. We have clear criteria to help us identify need at each age level. In Years 1 and 2 the support and extension is overseen by our Assistant Teachers. In Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 we have specific teaching staff in charge of support and extension.
Homework in the Primary section builds gradually. We start in Years 1 and 2 with reading every day at home as the main focus. Spelling work in Year 2 is gradually added along with basic number work in Year 3. Once children move into Years 4, 5 and 6 the daily reading expectation remains, they continue to practice their times tables and complete spelling tasks. They may also receive an English and maths assignment. On occasions children may be expected to complete larger tasks such as researched presentations. When this happens they will always be given plenty of notice and time to complete the work set.
Once pupils move into Year 4 they are also able to opt for After School Activities and Clubs. These are run by the Primary teaching staff and can include the following options: sports clubs (usually seasonal), art club, cookery club, drama club and dance club to name a few. These clubs and activities are signed up for on a termly basis. We believe this extra-curricular programme is very important to our students' development as all round learners and it is very popular. It also gives teachers an opportunity to see students in a different environment and enriches student, teacher relationships in this way.
The Primary section of the school offers those parents who need it the possibility of dropping off their children from 7.30am through our Early Birds Club – for which there is a minimal charge. We also have a thriving after school care programme called Bears Club which runs until 5.45 pm. There is a charge for this service.
Please see the Primary Handbook for further information.