‘The leadership and management share a sense of purpose and drive and ensure that an outstanding curriculum provides a wide range of rich, memorable experiences and opportunities for high quality learning for all pupils.’ Ofsted March 2012
We aim to meet the needs and raise attainment of all children through a broad, balanced and exciting curriculum that is underpinned by children’s health and wellbeing.
Our Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (applies to Nursery and Reception pupils) comprises seven areas of learning; Communication and Language, Physical Development, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Knowledge and Understanding of the World and, Expressive Arts and Design. Throughout EYFS children learn through play, which encourages independent learning. Children are well prepared for their transition into Year 1.
‘The imaginative and stimulating curriculum, particularly in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, further enhances all pupils’ enjoyment and leads to their high achievement, including in reading.’ Ofsted March 2012
In KS1 and KS2 we follow the statutory National Curriculum 2014, which provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens.
Our curriculum is topic based. Each year group has a range of topics, lasting up to a full term in length, that are designed to inspire learning. Ambitious and well-integrated English units form much of the topic content alongside the skills and knowledge from the following national curriculum subjects:
- Design and Technology
Mathematics, Computing, Health and Well-being, PE, RE, Music and Modern Foreign Languages are taught discretely but linked to the topic when relevant. We make provision for a daily act of collective worship.
Our curriculum will:
- Provide children with knowledge and skills to become confident individuals, independent learners and responsible citizens both locally and globally
- Prepare children for the opportunities and responsibilities and experiences of later life
- Engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement
- Provide real life experiences and contexts
- Celebrate the school’s multi-cultural diversity
- Allow and encourage personalised learning
- Nurture the whole child
- Provide spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
‘There is a positive impact across the school of the imaginative and well planned curriculum and the school’s commitment to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.’ Ofsted March 2012
At Avenue Primary School we are always reflecting on, reviewing and developing our curriculum to ensure that it best meets the needs of our children.
‘The curriculum is constantly under review to ensure it reflects the needs of all pupils, particularly those from minority ethnic heritages and continues to provide rich meaningful experiences.’ Ofsted March 2012
The curriculum encourages success by providing opportunities for children to develop resilience and experience a sense of achievement through all subjects, including sport, music and the creative arts. We are committed to providing a high quality education where all children have the opportunity to achieve their full potential in a happy, caring and inclusive environment.
Each topic includes a range of enrichment activities to support and enhance the learning. Lessons will use a range of teaching and learning strategies and vary in structure to suit the purpose and encourage independent learning.
Before the start of each topic children create their own ‘Big Questions’ so that teachers can adapt planning to include these lines of enquiry. Children will also have the opportunity to explore their own areas of interest through an independent project. Each classroom will have a topic working wall display that reflects the learning journey. At the beginning of each topic there will be a ‘hook’ day or activity to engage, entice and excite the children.
Children have access to a wide range of new technologies and safe access to the Internet to develop next generation learning and enhance our innovative curriculum.
‘The thoroughly integrated use of technology across the curriculum allows pupils to demonstrate their understanding through a variety of means and is used to overcome any barriers to learning.’ Ofsted March 2012
Our curriculum is enhanced by educational visits and visitors, authors, artists, musicians, scientists, theatre groups and through themes such as: Book Week, Everybody Writes Day, Multicultural Arts week, Eco Week, Black History Month, Language of the Month, Healthy Schools Week, Science Week and Enterprise Week.
‘Educational visits and homework are often linked to pupils’ curriculum work and this makes it more meaningful.’ Ofsted March 2012
Avenue Primary School is committed to be a Rights Respecting School, helping to empower young people to be aware of their own rights as children and of the rights of all other children throughout the world. It is led by UNICEF and based on the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child. This is embedded in all areas of school life including the curriculum.
We measure the impact of our curriculum through pupil voice, the engagement and enjoyment of children in lessons, children’s achievement and successes, and our end of year progress and attainment data.
You can find our Curriculum Policy here.