Ashbury Primary School

"We Care"

Our Curriculum

Reception

Reception children are taught in Wayland class with Year 1.

The Reception curriculum is organised into seven areas of learning and development.

Three prime areas;

  • communication and language
  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional development

And four specific areas

  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding of the world
  • expressive arts and design

 

For each learning area there are Early Learning Goals which children work towards. Some children will be working beyond these goals and greater challenges will be set.

The teaching staff are qualified in early years' education.

All parents have an important role to play in the education of their child and we value parental help within the classroom to support a variety of activities.

We believe that a caring and supportive environment at this formative stage will help develop confident children who enjoy coming to school and achieve their full potential.

In Reception year Tapestry is used to inform parents and carers of their children’s progress.

 

Key Stage One (years 1 and 2)

Year 1 children are taught in Wayland class with Foundation Stage.   Year 2 children are taught in Ridgeway class with Year 3.

 

Key Stage Two (years 3, 4, 5 and 6)

Year 3 children are taught in Ridgeway class with year 2.   Years 4, 5 and 6 are taught in Ashdown class.

 

The school provides a broad, balanced, relevant curriculum with due regard to the ability of each pupil. At all times pupils are encouraged and expected to produce their best efforts. The curriculum is planned by the whole staff and is consistently monitored and improved. The nationally defined curriculum provides the basis of our school curriculum in accordance with legal requirements. We firmly believe in the development of the key skills of literacy and numeracy and a significant amount of time is spent on these areas. The school uses the National Literacy and National Numeracy Frameworks to help achieve the best possible development.

The ‘core’ subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Religious Education are given relevant prominence. History, Geography, Design and Technology, Primary Languages (French), Art, Music, Physical Education, Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education and a variety of cross-curricular themes make up the rest of the school curriculum and are taught separately or as part of carefully constructed ‘topic work’. As part of the Key Stage 2 national curriculum, children are provided swimming at a local pool. A small donation towards the cost of travel is requested. All children must have a bathing cap. Towels and costumes should be named and placed in a bag. Goggles, flippers and swimming aids are usually unnecessary. Goggles cannot be worn at the pool without a supporting medical letter stating the reason for them being necessary.

 

Teachers use a variety of teaching methods and children may be taught as individuals, in groups or as a class, depending on the area of study or children concerned. The methods used attempt to match what is being taught to the abilities, attainments, interests and experience of the children.

Documents outlining the curriculum at each stage are available for inspection. Each term parents will receive an information letter which outlines the work that the children will be doing. These usually arrive within the first week of term, ensuring they are as up to date as possible.

Curriculum Newsletters

Click here for Wayland Class Curriculum Newsletters and Long Term Plan.

Click here for Ridgeway Class Curriculum Newsletters and Long Term Plan.

Click here for Ashdown Class Curriculum Newsletters and Long Term Plan.

Assessments

We regularly complete assessments and are constantly reviewing any interventions necessary to support pupils with any individual need. Many children will receive support or intervention during their school years.   There are many interventions running at any one time and children may attend one session or a course of sessions to support/challenge their learning. These groups are fluid depending on need and are part of what we provide daily. There is no cause for alarm if your child is receiving an intervention or support.   At the end of each intervention each child is further assessed to ensure they have grasped a particular concept. If this assessment shows there is still a gap in learning, we will then inform parents and an individual pupil profile will be created to monitor progress against specific targets.

If there are any concerns that your child is not on track to meet their age related expected level at the end of the year, then these will be discussed this with you. We monitor progress continuously throughout the year and children have their expected next steps in their workbooks so there should be no surprises for them either!

More Information

Please click on the following subjects for more information on our current offer.

Music

Reading & Phonics

Religious Education

For information on the National Curriculum please click here https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum

Ofsted

The school's religious character is an integral part of everyday live at Ashbury. Pupills' behaviour is excellent.

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