Our Curriculum Philosophy
- successful learners who enjoy learning, who aspire and achieve
- individuals who are confident, resilient and live safe, healthy and fulfilled lives
- young adults who make a positive contribution to our society
Our Curriculum Intent Statement
At Atam Academy our curriculum has been carefully thought out and designed to:
- create an aspirational culture
- recognise our pupil’s prior learning
- provide creative and joyous learning experiences
- allow the pupils to develop knowledge and skills
- build our pupils’ resilience
- develop pupils’ interpersonal skills;
- enhance our coherent British Sikh values based learning culture;
- ensure pupils become critical thinkers
- allow everyone to experience success
- raise standards of attainment
Every pupil is recognised as a unique individual. We celebrate and welcome differences within our school community. The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values. We constantly provide opportunities to engage learning and believe that school should be a happy, investigative and enquiring time in our pupil’s lives where there are no limits to curiosity and there is a thirst for new experiences and knowledge. We promote positive attitudes to learning which reflect the values and skills needed to guarantee one’s responsibility for learning and one’s future success.
Community involvement is an essential part of our curriculum as we celebrate local and national traditions, learning new skills to enable the pupils to take an active role in local, national and global events throughout the year.
Pupils continue their learning journey to our Secondary phase, with a sense of belonging to a tightly knit community where they have the confidence and skills to make decisions, to self-reflect, to evaluate, to make connections and to understand that learning is a gift for life.
At Atam Academy, we believe all students should be exposed to a rich curriculum, one that allows them to explore a variety of writers and thinkers from all the ages. Our curriculum ensures that students are knowledgeable enough about the world around them so that they can play a part in its transformation in the future.
We offer a curriculum which is both academically and creatively rigorous.
We encourage our students to be reflective and instill in them the confidence to be determined and to never give up trying.
We encourage competition and allow our students to win and lose.
We encourage teamwork so that students are able to work together and get the best out of one another.
We believe that learning is a gift and through our curriculum, as knowledge and skills are gained, students will appreciate and understand the world around them and will be able to contribute and shape our world for future generations to follow.
At the heart of our curriculum is excellent behaviour, safety and care through the promotion of British Values of tolerance of other faiths, democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect.
Key Stage 3:
Atam Academy operates a two year Key Stage 3. In Years 7 and 8 all students study English, Mathematics, Science, 2 Modern Foreign Languages, History, Geography, Religious Studies, PSHE, PE, Art, Technology, Music and Drama. We believe that this broad and balanced curriculum allows students to fully develop their literacy and numeracy skills as well as developing their inquiring and creative minds.
Students are always taught the context of what they are learning so that they can understand and make connections.
Students know how well they are learning. Students sit biannual exams, in December and in June. They have weekly prep in all subjects.