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Phoenix Infant Academy

Our learning journey

Hadiya, aged 5 years and 1 month


At Phoenix Infant Academy our curriculum is always evolving in response to the needs and interests of our pupils and our community, but it remains based on the following key principles:

  1. We believe that learning is a change to long-term memory

Our Curriculum drivers shape our curriculum breadth. They are derived from an exploration of the backgrounds of our students, our beliefs about high quality education and our values. 

At Phoenix Infant Academy our key curriculum drivers are:

  • Aspiration for all, enshrined in our vision, for all children to achieve the best possible outcomes and so improve their life chances.
  • Communication for all, so each child leaves our school confident to express themselves clearly and with the skills to build effective relationships with others.
  • Opportunities for all, with rich, varied and ambitious curricular and extra-curricular options, which endow pupils with cultural capital and character education.

NB. We believe cultural capital gives our students the vital background knowledge required to be informed and thoughtful members of our community who understand and believe in British values and make a positive contribution to society, throughout life. SMSC and PSHE strands are also embedded throughout the curriculum.

Curriculum breadth is shaped by our curriculum drivers, cultural capital and subject topics. It provides the opportunities needed for each child to become a proficient communicator, reader, writer and mathematician by end of KS As well as this, our curriculum breadth is designed so that our pupils will get to study the best of what has been thought and said by many generations of academics and scholars.

We provide an exciting and stimulating learning environment where the children are supported to learn, create and experience and where their best efforts are celebrated by being beautifully displayed. To assist everyone, we are well organised, efficient, and well resourced. Our environment reflects our priorities and celebrates our successes. Classrooms are tidy and support children to be independent, with age-appropriate resources readily available. Our book corners reflect the priority we give to becoming highly literate.

Our whole school, subject-specific learning journey documents can be viewed on each subject page.