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



The Star Academy Curriculum is designed alongside pupils and parents so that it reflects the needs of our community.

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. Staff plan against the New National Curriculum objectives that came into effect in September 2014.

Close attention is paid to the development of key skills so that all of our children gain a firm foundation for the future.Published schemes that are used throughout the Academy to support areas of the curriculum are:-
Maths – Abacus
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. Pupils will learn about our rich and vibrant land.

Educational visits and visitors help to extend opportunities and widen the pupils’ understanding of the world.

This half term Summer 2, our learning questions are:-
FS1:- What makes Britain great?
FS2:- What makes Britain great?
Y1:- What really happens beneath the waves?
Y2:- What lives in the deep dark woods?
Y3:- Did we learn anything from the Stone Age?
Y4:- Who invaded Britain?
Y5:- Is it OK to pick wild flowers?
Y6:- How should we celebrate?

Educational visits planned for Summer Term.

Fitsy Multi Skills Festival, Fenton Manor
FS1 & FS2 trip – Trentham Gardens
Year 4 trip – Chester Museum
Years 1, 2 & 5 – Zoolab visit

A copy of our academy long term plan for 16/17 is available here:-
1617 LTP

A copy of our academy Teaching and Learning policy can be found here:-
Star Academy Sandyford Teaching and Learning Policy 2016

A copy of our Academy Trust Teaching and Learning Strategy can be found here:-
World Class Teaching Strategy 201617 Final