A Curriculum Designed for Abbotts Ann Church of England Primary School
Our Curriculum Vision and Intent
Here at Abbotts Ann, we believe our curriculum should:
For our curriculum to meet the needs of the learners in our care, we believe it is essential for our curriculum to embody a sense of coherence. We work hard to ensure the links and threads of each learning opportunity are woven to fit together into a ‘bigger picture’ so children know what they are learning and why they are learning it. We recognise that our curriculum needs to be appropriately demanding to ensure deep learning takes place.
We believe it is important for children to be aware about the subject they are learning and we aim to be explicit about this. The substance of our curriculum needs to provide a strong and purposeful understanding of subject knowledge, concepts and overarching ideas. We therefore recognise the need to be subject specific in our purpose and aims, following the statutory guidance in the National Curriculum as our starting point. The learning behaviours and skills we aim to foster in our children do not stand alone from the knowledge they are being taught. It is therefore key that children are taught subject-specific skills and subject-specific terminology and are able to use them with confidence. We aim to provide over learning of key concepts to enable children to achieve deeper learning and make purposeful connections and links.
Our Curriculum Implementation
Abbotts Ann CE Primary School is organised into four classes: YR/1, Y1/2, Y3/4 and Y5/6. Each Year group has an annual Long term Plan which is followed and a two year cycle (KS2) and a three year cycle (KS1) ensures appropriate coverage for mixed age classes. Our Christian Values and opportunities for Global Learning are also mapped out across the year to ensure purposeful connections.
Each subject has an overarching implementation ‘Aim’ statement as well as a progression of skills document across KS1 and KS2 to ensure coverage and appropriate pitch. These documents give further detail to what is taught and how it is delivered.
Phonics and Reading Curriculum Implementation
We teach phonics through the Letters and Sounds Scheme and the Jolly Phonics resources. In Year R and Key Stage One, phonics is taught daily for approximately twenty minutes per day. Phonic teaching is re-enforced throughout the curriculum through the use of sound mats and direct teaching. We use Oxford Reading Tree as the school reading scheme and we ensure a variety of both fiction and non-fiction books are available. The sequence of reading books children work through are designed to provide a cumulative progression in their phonic knowledge and reflect the teaching of phonics in our Early Years and Key Stage One classrooms. Fluent readers are offered a selection of ‘free reading’ books from our well-stocked library. We aim to provide a rich and wide-ranging choice of texts for our children to have access to including stories, poems, rhymes and non-narrative books. Reading books are taken home and parents are encouraged to support daily reading at home. Parents are supported in this through reading and phonics workshops.