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.
See links below for an overview for the curriculum in each year group
Each subject has it's own subject page filled with a variety of useful information. This includes a description of our curriculum intent for the subject along with information on how we implement the teaching in this area of learning and how we measure our impact. You will also find links to subject Road Maps. 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.
Within the History and Science subject pages, you will soon be able to find 'Knowledge Organisers'. 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.
Subject leaders will also add any additional information that they feel can support your child's learning in a subject here. This may include links to resources or documentation that can support learning from home.
Use the link below to access all subject pages:
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. You can find 'Half Termly Planners' by visiting each year groups page.