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Star Academy, Burnaby Road, Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST6 5PT  |  Tel: 01782 235055


The Star Academy Curriculum is a research based building blocks curriculum which ensures a wide and thorough curriculum enabling all children to find and develop their talents.

The Curriculum is carefully planned to ensure that the needs of all children are met and that they are enthused, motivated and challenged in their thinking and learning. The curriculum is knowledge based and is adapted and sequenced to allow children to develop, use and expand their knowledge through a series of linked lessons blocked into subjects.

In English, quality texts are linked to further enhance the knowledge and
understanding of the wider curriculum and opportunities to write are purposeful.

In addition to our wider curriculum we use published schemes that are used throughout the Academy to support areas of the curriculum are:-
Maths – Hamilton short blocks
Reading – Dandelion Readers in our Early Years Department and for children on lower phonic stages higher up in the academy, Big Cat by Collins throughout the whole Academy.
Phonics – we follow the Letters and Sounds teaching programme in Early Years and Key stage 1
A copy of our reading policy can be found here:-
Reading Policy

Our Academy is proud of it’s British heritage and life for our children and families in today’s modern society. Here at STAR we value the diversity of living in both our local community and our country as a whole. Educational visits and visitors help to extend opportunities and widen the pupils’ understanding of the world.

Our learning Blocks for this year are:
Year 1 2 – Cycle A – Block 1 objectives
Year 3 4 – Cycle A – Block 1 objectives
Year 5 6 – Cycle A – Block 1 objectives
Year 1 2 – Cycle A – Block 2 objectives
Year 3 4 – Cycle A – Block 2 objectives
Year 5 6 – Cycle A – Block 2 objectives

 Educational visits planned for Autumn Term
Years 1 and 2 – Peak Wildlife Park visit
Years 5 and 6 – Sun sleepover
Years 5 and 6 – The Imperial War Museum North visit
Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 – Guest speaker Adam Cooper – Antarctic adventures
Nursery and Reception – Owl Magic
Year 4 performance – Bradwell’s Got Talent
Years 3 and 4 – Science and Industry Museum, Manchester visit
Year 1-Year 6 – The Prince and the Pauper, New Vic Theatre
FS1 and FS2 – The Tale Trail, New Vic Theatre

A copy of our academy long term plans for 19/20 is available here:-
YEAR 1 2 LTP CYCLE A (2019-2020 2021-2022) Texts Genres
YEAR 3 4 LTP CYCLE A (2019-2020 2021-2022)
YEAR 5 6 LTP CYCLE A (2019-2020 2021-2022) Texts genres

A copy of our academy Teaching and Learning procedure can be found here:-
STAR teaching and Learning procedure final