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Curriculum Intent

Diamond Academy is a vibrant and exciting community where pupils are given wonderful opportunities to learn, develop and shine. Our commitment to providing children with a rich and engaging educational experience has shaped our curriculum and, in addition to literacy and maths, includes teaching in visual arts, music, computing, modern foreign languages, personal, social, health and citizenship education, religious education and physical education. This provision ensures that our children develop a love of learning and become well-rounded individuals with a very wide range of skills. This aspiration and ambition underpins everything and our values-based ethos gives our children a strong sense of purpose.

Every child 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 enhancement opportunities to engage learning and believe that childhood should be a happy, investigate and enquiring time in our lives where there are no limits to curiosity and there is a thirst for new experiences and knowledge. We acknowledge the importance of new and evolving vocabulary and oracy skills. Reading is prioritised to allow the children to access the full curriculum. Mathematical fluency and confidence in numeracy are also regarded as preconditions of success.

Children’s learning is enhanced by a wide range of enrichment opportunities, including projects undertaken in partnership with the local businesses and charity organisations. We involve parents in the children’s learning at every possibility.

We are also proud of the range of extra-curricular provision in our school. Every child is encouraged to participate in a club. The academy aims to provide both breakfast and after-school club. Diamond Academy takes part in a range of competitive sports at local and county level and we are proud of our pupils’ regular successes in this area.

During their time at Diamond Academy, all pupils have opportunities to participate in a range of visits and trips including a residential outdoor education programme as well as to theatres and museums. This is complemented through our EMAT Experiences, an initiative we are proud of at Diamond Academy, ensuring that our offer to children provides a range of opportunities and challenges that equip our pupils well for the next stage in their education.

As proud members of the Eastern Multi-Academy Trust, a family of schools and a supportive network of educational expertise, we work very closely not only with other schools locally but also our partner schools within the Trust across the East of England. Our academy is a bright and well-resourced learning environment and, led by the School Council, pupils take pride in shaping and developing our community