Four Dwellings Primary Academy
Birmingham, United Kingdom
About Four Dwellings Primary Academy
Four Dwellings Primary Academy is a 2 form-entry primary school, in the heart of Quinton, Birmingham with over 400 pupils on roll. Pupils from 3yrs to 11yrs come here to learn, explore, investigate, discover, build aspirations, question and to solve problems through an engaging and challenging curriculum and school life.
Lauren Costello OBE, AET’s Director of Primary Education said recently, “Four Dwellings Primary Academy provides the very best start in life for children in their community. Children are happy, safe and make great progress through a wonderful invitation to learn. By the time they leave year 6, standards are so strong that children are ready for secondary school knowing that they are confident and resilient learners. The commitment of the whole academy team to let children find their remarkable in a safe and happy school community is a strength”.
Our children have lots of positive things to say about coming to Four Dwellings Primary Academy; “There are lots of after school clubs”, “I love using my handwriting pen”, “I like getting stickers - I got a Dream sticker for being ambitious”, “I like learning”.
Working with the community
We are committed to working in partnership with our parents and carers and our wider community. We work in school and with our parents to always have the best interests of our children at our heart. We work to maintain an open and respectful dialogue with our parents, carers and other partners in order to benefit the children.
We also work to develop the 'school within the community' and work with our partners in Academies Enterprise Trust cluster and other Local Authority partners and businesses to achieve our aims.
Building trust, working together and keeping our vision for the school and our children is always at the forefront of our planning, discussions and decision making. We are here for our children; it is our responsibility to do our best for them, to care for their needs and to support our parents and carers in the enormous and exciting task of raising young people in an ever more complex and global society. We know we have a privileged place in that process and our promise to our parents, children and other stakeholders is that we will do our best for each child and use our resources wisely to achieve our goals.
At Four Dwellings Primary Academy, we are committed to delivering a complete and cohesive curriculum which allows for opportunities to use and apply various skills and a variety of contexts thereby deepening and evolving pupil’s understanding over time. We believe that a primary curriculum should be broad and balanced, and should allow the pupils to experience a wide range of activities.
We have achieved this by creating a thorough Curriculum document which promotes links between subjects and has trips and experiences built into it. Curriculum content is taken from the new National Curriculum in England 2014 document. English and Maths are taught with a focussed approach in discrete lessons and then these key skills are then applied within other contexts when teaching the Foundation Curriculum. Our Religious Education Curriculum is taken from the Birmingham Agreed Syllabus for RE.
Where possible, the Foundation Curriculum links subjects through a skills and knowledge based cross-curricular approach. The document below details the skills which are to be taught by each class teacher throughout the year. These skills have been taken directly from the new National Curriculum in England 2015 document and subject co-ordinators have ensured that there is progression within their throughout the school. Medium term plans (for Foundation subjects) or weekly plans (for English and Maths) are written from these half term overviews which detail the lessons themselves.
Closing the Gap
In order to ensure that pupils basic skills are embedded, it is necessary (at times) for the pupils to complete interventions during curriculum time, in order to provide small group focussed learning which will tackle a specific barrier to learning (which may be either an academic or pastoral barrier). These interventions are designed by the class teacher, phase leader, SENDco or pastoral manager to address a specific issue and are intended to be designed as a short term removal from the Standard Curriculum.
English and Maths are assessed by the teacher through the use of Formative assessment techniques which enable the teacher to continually adapt the teaching to suit the needs of the pupils. These subjects are then assessed summatively through the use of ‘Age Related’ tests (Yrs 3 - 5), National assessments (SAT’s - Yr 2 & Yr6, Phonics - Yr 1) and other assessment materials (e.g. Pm Benchmarks, Target Tracker statements etc).
Assessment Tasks are built into the Foundation Curriculum, which enable the teacher to assess the pupils achievements against a particular skill in a subject, are built into the medium term planning. All children are targeted to meet age-related expectations (at least) by the end of the academic year.
Our Early Year and Foundation Stage Curriculum
In the Early Years and Foundation Stage (EYFS) there are seven areas of learning - 3 prime and 4 specific. Each area has associated Early Learning Goals (ELGs).
We are a rapidly improving school and we were last inspected in February 2017. To view all our Ofsted reports please click here. Our most recent Ofsted monitoring report said of leadership development, “You put a strong focus on developing other leaders. As a result, they are having an increasingly positive impact within their areas of responsibility. You use coaching methods to enable them to be more reflective as leaders. They speak positively about the support that they receive. " At a governance day in the Autumn term 2018 governors commented that the academy is really improving, has made good progress recently and it is clear the academy is well on its way to being "good".
We are proud to be part of Academies Enterprise Trust.
Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) is a national network of over 60 primary, secondary and special schools across England. Our schools are located across England including the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber, Midlands, London, West of England, Kent and the South Coast.
As the largest MAT across England we work together in partnership and embrace the different contexts and diverse communities our schools serve to provide the very best possible education for around 35,000 young people and their families.
AET is also an approved Apprenticeship Training Provider (through the ESFA) which allows us to deliver a wide range of apprenticeship programmes across the Trust and our school network. To find out more about what we offer click here
We also offer School Direct teacher training programmes across our network. For more information please click here
To find out more about about AET please visit us at http://www.academiesenterprisetrust.org/