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Curriculum

Curriculum Intent Statement

 

At All Saints School our broad and balanced curriculum is designed to: recognise children’s prior learning, provide first hand learning experiences, encourage the children to develop interpersonal skills, build resilience and become creative, critical thinkers.

Every child is recognised as a unique individual. We celebrate and welcome differences within our school community. The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values. We constantly provide enhancement opportunities to engage learning and believe that childhood should be a happy, investigative and enquiring time in our lives where there are no limits to curiosity and there is a thirst for new experiences and knowledge. We use the “Characteristics of Effective Learning” and the 5 R’s to promote positive attitudes to learning which reflect the values and skills needed to promote responsibility for learning and future success.

Community involvement is an essential part of our curriculum as we celebrate local traditions and learn new skills to enable the children to take an active role in events throughout the year. Children leave All Saints with a sense of belonging to a tightly knit community where they have the confidence and skills to make decisions, self-evaluate, make connections and become lifelong learners.

 

Curriculum Implementation

High quality text form the core of our English curriculum and create meaningful links to the wider curriculum by providing our children with opportunities to read and write across a range of contexts and purposes and in response to a variety of exciting first hand experiences.

Every element of our curriculum has been carefully considered from when the children start in our nursery up to when they leave at the end of Year 6.  The skills needed for each subject area and the knowledge that is linked to those skills is planned to ensure progression and depth of understanding.  For example, in the Foundation Stage the children begin to learn about plants as part of the Knowledge and Understanding strand of the EYFS framework where the children learn that different living things grow and die through the planting of seeds and flowers. Then in Year 1, children learn about the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants and trees. This is then developed upon in Year 2 when the children investigate the conditions which effect the growth of a healthy plant. Throughout Key Stage 2, they consider how plants in the rainforest have adapted in order to capture the most light which is consolidated by a trip to the Living Rainforest in Newbury. They will also continue to develop a greater understanding of plants when learning about germination and pollination. 

Children in our school experience a well-rounded curriculum, where they are exposed to a broad range of subjects, knowledge, opportunities and experiences in order to prepare them for their life’s journey. All Saints School engages all learning styles using a variety of resources including Early Years Outcomes, National Curriculum Statutory Guidance, Mastery, Values Based Learning, Outdoor Learning, including challenge based activities and enhancement opportunities which support teaching of the curriculum. Fundamental British Values and a Christian ethos are interwoven throughout the curriculum. 

 

Learning Research

All Saints School has recognised the use of clear, focused and purposeful learning intentions and success criteria as an effective tool in gaining intended learning outcomes. Staff use effective questioning techniques to develop higher order thinking skills and reasoning. Children and staff are encouraged to hold a growth mind-set and value 'marvellous mistakes’ as part of the learning journey. In lessons, we provide opportunities for enquiry, recall and application alongside research based projects and hands-on learning which is enhanced through workshops and educational visits.

 

The 5 R’s

The learning culture is promoted through 5 R’s which are used to remind and empower children so that they become responsible for their own learning. The children are encouraged and expected to either use or be:

  • Responsible
  • Resourceful
  • Reasoning
  • Reflective
  • Resilient

 

We follow the 2014 National Curriculum in Key Stage One and Key Stage Two. Full details of the curriculum can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-framework-for-key-stages-1-to-4

In KS1 we follow the Letters and Sounds phonics programme and we use the Oxford Reading Tree scheme to support individual reading and for some guided group sessions.

The Nursery and Reception children follow the Foundation Stage Curriculum, providing purposeful play and exploratory activity both indoors and outdoors.

To find out more about the Early Years Education click here.

The subjects included in the National Curriculum for Key Stage One and Two are:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Religious Education (RE)
  • Computing (ICT)
  • Design and Technology (DT
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art and Design
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Foreign Languages (KS2)

 

At each Key Stage, Programmes of Study set out what pupils should be taught, and attainment targets set out the expected standards of performance.  The curriculum is delivered in a variety of ways. Using the Programmes of Study, individual teachers will adopt a variety of approaches, including whole-class work, group, individual work and, as appropriate, inter-year work.  Whole-School curriculum planning, individual teacher planning and the overview of subject coordinators ensures a whole-school approach to curriculum organisation under the general direction of the Headteacher.  Thereby we ensure breadth and balance within the delivery of our school curriculum. Cross-curriculum themes are carefully selected to ensure that each child experiences the appropriate range of Attainment Targets in each Key Stage.

 

 Pupils

Foundation Stage

Key Stage 1

Key Stage 2

 Ages

3 - 5

6 - 7

7 - 11

Year Groups

Nursery & Foundation

1 and 2

3 to 6

Our school curriculum comprises Religious Education and the National Curriculum.

For more information about what each year group are currently studying, please click the links from the above "Curriculum" tab.

 

At All Saints we have leaders for all subjects who are supported by a team approach to curriculum development:

Maths Team; Hania Myers,  Marcus Grant, (Maths Subject Lead), Juliette Little and Tracy Agg.

English Team; Mel Barrett, Emily Powell (English Subject Leads), Kirsty Burchell, Jane Tallman and Karen Price.

Science and Creative Arts; Vicky Phipps, Anne Warren, Emily Young, Jen Trantom, Vicky Atkin, Emily Powell.

Social, Moral, Spiritual and Culture; Karen Akrill, Veronica Slatter, Nicola Bristow and Lucy Faulkner.

 

Parent Workshops

We recently held two meetings for parents to come along and learn how we teach Maths and Writing. Please see below for the presentations for those evenings.

Key stage 1 Talk for Writing

Talk for Writing

Maths Workshop