We will soon be adding a selection of new curriculum documents to our academy website. These will be used in school to support children’s learning and can also be viewed by parents. These are designed to give a deeper understanding of what knowledge and skills are taught within every subject and the progression that children make as they move through the years. Below is a brief summary of each new document that will be available to view from September 2021.
Half Termly Planner:
Each year group has a ‘Half Termly Planner’. These detail the learning objectives that children will be taught in all foundation subjects for that half term. You will see that much of the learning is linked to the main topic of the half term, though where this is not appropriate, mini themes are evident.
A ‘Road Map’ shows the progression of skills children will make from EYFS through to Year 6 in a selected subject (this information may be split across more than one document). This shows teachers, parents and pupils how children can expect to progress in a subject throughout their primary school journey. Teachers will use also this document to support them in making assessment judgments.
History, Geography and Science often form the basis for our chosen themes each half term. Therefore, you can find ‘Knowledge Organisers’ relating to these foundation subjects for each year group. These show all the knowledge children are expected to acquire over a half term related to a particular theme within the foundation subject. For example, In Year 1 children learn about toys and the history of toys forms a large part of this topic. Therefore, you will find a ‘Knowledge Organiser’ that relates to the history of toys containing key facts, key vocabulary, examples of toys and toys throughout history placed on a timeline. The knowledge organiser also contains links to previous learning, showing how we build upon our subject knowledge each year. ‘Knowledge Organisers’ will be used in class to support children’s learning and can also be used at home. Teachers will also use this document to support them in making assessment judgments.
Recovery Curriculum 2020 - 2021
Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, there was a partial closure of schools from March – July 2020. Therefore, an academic and wellbeing recovery curriculum needed to be put in place. Ensuring it covered any missed, or no longer secure, learning and supported pupils to return to school confidently and manage their feelings and mental health following the closure.
Year Group and subject leaders identified the areas of the curriculum that were not taught, and the next Year Group Leader used this to inform planning. These objectives are planned for, and added in at an appropriate time, over the academic year 2020 – 2021.
All teachers used the teacher assessment data for each pupil from their previous year and then performed a baseline assessment of the pupils in September. This was against the curriculum they were following during the closure. These assessments were used to identify gaps in pupils learning.
Current class teachers used the baseline data to create a plan that outlines:
- objectives/areas for reading, writing and mathematics that had not been taught
- objectives/ areas that had been taught but the majority of pupils were no longer secure in
- objectives/ areas that had been taught but a small group or individual pupil were no longer secure in
Where it was an objective that the majority of pupils were no longer secure in, the teacher would revisit this as a class, at an appropriate time. For the small groups and individuals, teachers identified how/when they would be supported to re-teach this objective. Each year group were allocated a teacher/s to aid delivering this support through
Once the small groups and individuals had been identified, the teachers needed to be aware of any additional needs/ groups they had e.g. PP, SEND, EAL, ethnicity. If they noticed any trends (e.g PP, SEND, EAL, ethnicity) within the groups of the pupils, it would be recorded on their Year Group Action Plan.
Our focus has also been on ensuring we support pupils social and emotional needs as they return to school. We recognise that many of our pupils have struggled with the lockdown isolation and may also require support in returning to learning routines, social interactions and regulating their emotions during this time. Senior leaders and class teachers have identified pupils and the area of need requiring our help. Our Family Support Worker and ELSA team have them provided 1:1 or small group support through targeted provision, as well as in-class support and resources. We have worked closely with parents/carers and Early Help services in Sutton, to ensure our pupils’ needs are met.
The expectation is that by the end of the year all pupils will be back on track to where they need to be, according to transition point data.
Avenue Primary Academy Curriculum
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.
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
Implementation of our curriculum:
At Avenue Primary Academy we are always reflecting on, reviewing and developing our curriculum to ensure that it best meets the needs of our children.
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.
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.
Avenue Primary Academy 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.