When students arrive at the Academy, they are often to embark upon Art. The way we deal with this reluctance is to give the students a light box. After a period of time this is removed from them. By this time, the students have learnt new techniques and methods of toning and shading. This has a positive effect on the students and increases their creative capacity and confidence. Students learn more effectively when they can link their experiences to what they are familiar and motivated by.
We do not currently offer Drama as a subject at Derby Pride Academy.
We currently do not Geography as a subject at Derby Pride Academy.
Due to the amount of writing required for higher grades in English Language and Literature, strategies to encourage extended writing and the use of Point Quote Comment (explanation/analysis/evaluation) are sourced most lessons. In addition, the mark schemes led themselves to the higher order challenge and of Bloom's Taxonomy/Anderson's revised taxonomy- thus, lesson objectives incorporate Bloom's taxonomy to support students with the challenge required in the different exam questions.
Due to the amount of writing required for higher grades in History, strategies to encourage extended writing and the use of Point Quote Comment (explanation/analysis/evaluation) are sourced regularly. In addition, the mark schemes lead themselves to the higher order challenge of Bloom's Taxonomy/Anderson's revised taxonomy- thus lesson objectives incorporate Bloom's taxonomy to support students with the challenge required in the exam questions.
ICT is split into different units to help breakdown the delivery. Each topic has a link to the previous topic so students can see a connection and development within their work. Students learn the content by completing tasks that require them to practice using the various technology and software. This not only helps them understand the current topic but builds a strong foundation for using a computer.
Although we do not currently offer Languages as a subject at Derby Pride Academy, if a student's first language is not English we will encourage them to enter a GCSE in their first Language. One student is currently sitting a GCSE in Spanish.
Procedural fluency and conceptual understanding are developed in tandem as each supports the other. Once students demonstrate fluency in a given mathematical concept they are progressed to using reasoning in applying this concept. Challenge and the opportunity to deepen understanding of key mathematical ideas is provided for all. Differentiation is achieved through paying attention to the levels of support and challenge needed to allow every student to fully grasp concepts and ideas. Acceleration onto new content is avoided. Instead, these students are challenged by deeper analysis of lesson content and by applying the content in new and unfamiliar problem-solving situations. Only on rare occasions where there is a significant need for curriculum intervention will a student be working on different content to the rest of the class.
We do not currently offer Music as a subject at Derby Pride Academy.
- Physical Education
A high quality Physical Education inspires all students to succeed and excel in competitive sports and other physically demanding activities. It also provides opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness.
Learners find it very difficult to learn with understanding from tasks which have no meaning that is apparent to them. They learn more effectively when they can link new experiences to what they already know and are motivated by curiosity to answer questions. Answers should therefore enable students to engage with real objects and with real problems. Therefore, it is important to make Science relevant by linking the topics to real life situations so that students can discover how Science learning related to the real world. It follows that being able to see the connections between different ideas in Science, as in the understanding of scientific ideas and how they were developed, is an important part of preparation work and life.
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