School Curriculum

School Curriculum

At Almondsbury CE Primary School are following the new National Curriculum 2014.

We will be teaching all subjects enclosed within the new National Curriculum which includes:

English, Mathematics, Science, Computing (new name for ICT), Art, Design Technology (DT), Geography, History, Music, Modern Foreign Language (which will be French), PE, RE. We shall also be continuing to teach Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) even though this is now not a requirement of primary school.

We have arranged our curriculum into key phases as we have mixed aged classes, we will teach the subject requirements for these on a two year rolling programme to ensure continuity and progression. It will also ensure there is no repetition of teaching elements of the curriculum. The year group curriculum jigsaws below represent the aspects of the curriculum will be taught during that academic year of a child’s time with us at Almondsbury.

These are further broken down into the annual topics and what each one will cover from each curriculum area.

We will ensure that the children have a wide, broad and balanced curriculum with a varied diet of learning not only knowledge and content but developmental skills and characteristics which will stand them in good stead for their future lives at secondary school and beyond.

Also included on the Curriculum overview is the EYFS (Reception) topic areas. The EYFS curriculum is organised differently to that of the rest of the school and covers 17 areas of learning. We use the national required curriculum statements as our base for assessment.

For the rest of the school we will assess on a three times a year basis for English and Maths using the national curriculum statements as a guide to the expected levels for each year group. We will use pupil based self-assessments alongside teacher assessments for English, Maths, Science and Computing. These will be completed on a long termly basis. The rest of the curriculum will be assessed at the end of a unit of work or topic, once again using national curriculum statements or skills based ones as will be the case for Music, Art and PE. RE assessments will be based on the SACRE attainment expectations twice per year, and will be linked to the aspects of religion being taught. Please read our Principles for Assessment, this is in one of the attachments lower down the page. 

Phonics Teaching

We teach phonics from Reception using the government recommended Letters and Sounds programme. From Year 1 we group the children accordin gto their need and work our way through the phases throughout key stage 1. In Years 3 and 4 a similar approach is taken allowing teachers to provide the children with the teaching and learning they need. There is a move towards to teaching spelling and usage of key strategies. These are developed further in Year 5 and 6.

The children in Year 1 take the Phonics Assessment Check in June. In 2013/14 (June 2012) 78% of our children reached the expected threshold. We use a variety of resources including many websites. These are provided to parents on the letter which can be found on the class pages.

Reading

Reading is very important to the staff and children of Almondsbury. We have very high standards and encourage reading for pleasure and information each and everday. We use a mix of Oxford Reading Tree and Bug Club books from Reception up to the end of Year 3. This is when the majority of the children become free readers and are able to read books from the school library and from home. We operate a reading reward scheme where children who read frequently are rewarded with stickers, certificates and prizes.

Maths

At our recent Maths Attack evening parents came along to learn and investigate how the children are taught calculations throughout school. Feedback was very positive with all parents learning new vocabulary and new ways of calculating an answer from either a sum or problem.

If you were unable to attend the materials and leaflets handed out on the night can be viewed and printed from the documents below.

Information for parents:

By now you should all have received the information letter and English glossary booklet from last week’s Parents sessions on the new Curriculum and Assessment. The evening was very well attended and thank you to those parents who came along. It is important that you are aware of the changes to both of these crucial aspects of your child’s education. I have attached the powerpoint slides to the newsletter for those who requested these so you had a reference point. This is the link to the DFE website for those who would like to know more about the new National Curriculum and the programme of study for all year groups: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-primary-curriculum . I hope that the meeting and workshops were useful last week. We will be continuing to focus on this next academic year and providing more information for you as parents. If you do need more information please contact me or your child’s class teacher. 

  1. Almondsbury principles for assessment
  2. Curriculum Jigsaw KS2 Y5
  3. Curriculum Jigsaw KS2 Y6
  4. Curriculum jigsaw KS1 Y1
  5. Curriculum jigsaw KS1 Y2
  6. Curriculum Jigsaw KS2 Y3
  7. Curriculum Jigsaw KS2 Y4
  8. Almondsbury Curriculum policy May 14
  9. Yr 1 & 2 Written Calculation
  10. Yr 3 & 4 Written Calculation
  11. Yr 5 & 6 Written Calculation
  12. Almondsbury Calculation Booklet for parents

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