CURRICULUM & LESSONS
Heron Park teaches a blend of the National Curriculum for England and our own Paragon Curriculum.
As an academy we have freedom to design and implement a curriculum that we feel is best suited to the children at our school. The teaching of English and Maths is our highest priority so that children leave Heron Park with the skills they need to succeed in secondary school and beyond. We know however that children learn best when what they are studying is fun, engaging and hands-on. That is why we make links between the subjects we teach whenever possible. For example if children are learning about Ancient Egypt our curriculum planning makes sure that in English lessons children use what they have found out to write about Egypt across a range of different genres. Similarly links are made between science lessons and maths so that if children have carried out an experiment and recorded the results they may use these in a maths lesson when learning about handling data.
Our Paragon curriculum is something that is unique to Aurora Academy Schools. It is a humanities based curriculum that takes children on a journey through time from ancient history up to the modern day. There are eight units a year that build upon each other to give children a strong understanding of how ideas and discoveries throughout history have been formed. There is a strong moral and ethical focus within Paragon and it teaches children to be inquisitive, open minded and aware of the impact of great cultures throughout history. Paragon lessons are hands-on, engaging and a lot of fun. They bring subjects together so that learning time is maximised and all children can show off their strengths. We hold a ‘Paragon Event’ at the end of each unit when parents, carers, friends and wider family are invited in to school to see what the children have been learning about. This may be in the form of a show put on by the children or a more practical session where visitors get really involved in what the children have been doing. In the past we have held a clay model making workshop, recreated a native American village on our field and held our annual Paragon Spectacular at the White Rock Theatre where children from Year 6 from all the academies in the Aurora family get to showcase their favourite Paragon moments.