Our Curriculum is varied and stimulating. We ensure that as the children move through school they make progress and build upon previous experiences. The topics studied are balanced across the Key Stage ensuring that all of the children have the correct access to all curriculum areas.
Basic skills of numeracy and literacy form part of the everyday organisation of classroom activities and are part of every week’s work. Weekly spelling, handwriting, tables, number work, writing, reading, speaking and listening are essential activities that provide a basic structure to the week. This helps children to become fluent in the use of English, and competent in the understanding and application of Mathematics.
Integration of topic work allows the children to come to understand their world and its relevance to themselves.
Within each classroom Learning Journey, activities are highly structured and planned well in advance to allow for differentiated programmes of work to be developed and well resourced.
The acquisition of reading skills is the most important aspect of a child’s development in their early years at school. If a child is unable to read then obviously they will not be able to access other areas of the curriculum. Reading skills are an integral part of the majority of learning that takes place in school and therefore we place great importance upon the approaches and methods that we employ in the teaching and development of reading.
Children in EYFS and KS1 have daily phonics lessons following the ‘Read, Write, Inc’ programme (see http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/read-write-inc- programmes/phonics/). In Key Stage 2 we deliver focussed reading lessons where reading decoding and comprehension skills are developed and assessed using a range of high quality texts.
The National Curriculum
The National Curriculum Areas of Learning are:
ICT and Computing
Modern Foreign Languages
All teachers provide a range of classroom activities for the children so that the more able can be challenged at an extended level and children experiencing difficulties are set appropriate tasks. This means that children will be working on similar Learning Journeys, but on skills/concepts to match their needs.
For more information on the curriculum for each of the classes, please click on the individual class tabs.
For a more in-depth overview of the curriculum at ACE, please click here.
Assessment procedures are used for a variety of purposes. They help us to provide continuity and progression in learning to match the children’s abilities and aptitudes. We use the feedback to help children understand what they know, can do and what they need to improve. We believe that constructive assessment can raise standards of education. Children gain confidence and motivation from knowing what they are doing and when they have achieved it.
Children completing KS2 (Year 6) currently undertake National Curriculum Tests, but other assessments take place continually for all children. We value our professional Teacher Assessments, which are confirmed or revised in the light of national testing.