At Nün Academy, we follow the Cambridge Primary Art & Design curriculum, enabling our students to express themselves whilst experiencing, making, and reflecting on art. The art curriculum includes a comprehensive study of art history and art from different cultures. As students progress through school, they will experience a wide range of skills, tools, techniques and media.
Art students develop their confidence, improve their technical skills and gain artistic independence. They experiment, take creative risks and embrace a growth mindset. As they explore the limitless possibilities that art can offer, learners begin to develop as artistic thinkers and practitioners. They welcome challenges, generate and communicate ideas and review and refine their work...
At Nün Academy, we follow the Cambridge Primary Music framework, where our learners cultivate a joy of music through participating in meaningful and enjoyable experiences and develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to contribute as musicians. Our musicians collaborate with others in purposeful and expressive ways by singing and playing instruments and nurturing their individual and collective creativity, exploring and making unique, relevant, and valuable music.
Music fosters creativity and builds confidence. It helps learners to express themselves and shows them the importance of communication as they learn to connect with other musicians and with audiences. Learners explore music as performers, composers and informed listeners. They make, understand and appreciate music from different cultures, times and places, helping them to develop leadership and collaboration skills as well as self-confidence.
Cambridge Primary Music’s flexible and comprehensive curriculum serves as a structure for teaching and learning and a reference to measure musical skills. Our music teachers introduce music classes following two strands, Making Music and Making Sense of Music, using approaches like the Orff Schulwerk and the Kodaly approach to teaching children to read rhythm and melody. They provide a variety of carefully planned, engaging activities in each lesson. Our students perform through singing, music technology and playing musical instruments of any kind (as well as found objects).
Stages 1 and 2
Contributing to performances with mostly accurate timing and awareness of pulse and melodic shape.
Stages 3 and 4
Contributing to performances with mostly accurate timing and with increasingly accurate tuning, control and expression.
Stages 5 and 6
Performing with increasing confidence, expression, skill and level of musicality and making adjustments to own performance in response to others.
Making Sense of Music
Stages 1 and 2
Listening and responding to music through asking and answering questions and making sounds and movement.
Stages 3 and 4
Listening and responding to music, beginning to use technical language accurately to describe features of the music.
Stages 5 and 6
Beginning to discuss how music reflects the contexts in which it is created, performed and heard.
Our music lessons emphasise giving learners formative feedback on developing skills, including through discussion and observation. Teachers help students reflect on what went well and how they can further improve their performance.
The Physical Education department’s mission is to provide opportunities for our children to engage in competitive situations through sport and promote the idea that sport and physical activity are essential aspects of our day-to-day lives.
All pupils at Nün Academy join in physical activity for a minimum of two sessions each week, in our gym/sports facility or outside. Subject-area specialists plan lessons that enable our students to experience a wide range of sporting activities and become physically confident, fit and healthy.
At Key Stage 1, pupils participate in mixed classes. Lessons focus on fundamental movement skills which improve their agility, stamina, speed and strength. Students have the opportunity to partake in a variety of cooperative and competitive activities that focus mainly on developing their physical abilities whilst beginning to learn the concept of teamwork, tactics and playing to the rules. At Key Stage 2, the focus shifts to developing pupils’ understanding of games/activities and applying skills to game situations. They are also encouraged to look at their performance and that of others and begin to recognise how they can improve. Topics covered in Key Stage 1 and 2 include invasion games, gymnastics, dance (girls), fitness, net games, athletics, striking and field games.
At Nün Academy, we aim to provide a supportive learning environment in which each pupil develops increasing self-confidence and a desire to strive for their highest level of achievement. The combination of appropriately challenging tasks, a diverse range of teaching and learning methods and a high level of resources aim to support high attainment, motivation and participation.