Our Curriculum


Co-ordinator – Mrs N. Roberts

Reviewed: September 2014

 

Aim High – The Ash School Spirit

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Our curriculum
We provide a creative curriculum which offers opportunities for our children to experience and succeed in many areas. It is designed to develop the essential skills of literacy, numeracy, scientific enquiry and information technology which the children need. This is accompanied by opportunities for the children to express themselves through play, talk, song, music, drama, dance, arts, crafts and design. The children grow in their understanding of the world around them and we support their physical skills, good health and social, personal and spiritual development. Our curriculum is designed to support children’s enjoyment of learning, to experience success, to excite their learning of the world around them and to motivate them to aim high and to achieve their best.

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We aim for our children to:

  • Be able to handle the conflicting values they encounter in society
  • Have a sense of fairness and can challenge injustice
  • Strive to live peaceably with others
  • Be prepared for life and work
  • Respect others and act with integrity
  • Maintain and improve the environment
  • Feel that they can change things for the better
  • Develop some understanding of different cultures and traditions

 

The principles of the curriculum are designed to ensure:

  • Enjoyment and satisfaction in learning
  • Equal opportunities
  • Real life, relevant experiences
  • A broad creative curriculum
  • Problem solving and active learning taking place
  • Different learning styles and developmental stages recognised
  • Appropriate time and resources
  • Wide range of extra-curricular activities and experiences 
  • Partnership with parents
  • Use of the environment
  • Development of life and social skills
  • Relevance of the curriculum
  • Community cohesion
  • The European and International dimension 

 

We aim to achieve a broad and balanced curriculum to which every child is entitled. The curriculum introduced in September 2014 contains the following subjects: Maths, English, Science, Computing, R.E., History, Geography, Music, Art, Design Technology, P.E and French and Spanish. We ensure that Personal, Social and Health Education along with Environmental Education and Citizenship is addressed to develop the whole child. Through our high profile on the European and International dimension, we are able to ensure that the children develop their understanding of a multi-cultural world and better prepare them for their future lives. We deliver some of these subjects discretely and some within topic work. The use of the International Primary Curriculum for the delivery of the foundation subjects, offers a good platform on which we can ensure coverage and an interesting approach for your children.

 

FOUNDATION AND KEY STAGE ONE
This includes children in Reception (Foundation), Year 1 and 2. We aim to offer an environment and teaching which support the needs of the children as they progress from starting school to the end of Year 2. We provide a balance of play-based and practical learning, and more formal learning, all based around interesting topics, usually from the International Primary Curriculum (IPC).

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We value highly the contribution parents make to their child’s education and have an open-door policy, which means we wish to be informed of any concerns as they occur. We will also inform you about the work being done and activities taking place along with any special achievements or concerns that we have. Working together is very important to ensuring the best educational experience for your child.

 

Induction of new children 
At Ash School, we aim for a gradual introduction which supports the children as they adjust to full-time school. Children start school in the September following their fourth birthday.

In the summer term, we have an information evening for parents of new children. Our reception teacher then visits each child in their pre-school, to meet them for the first time. The children are invited to come into school for ‘taster sessions’ over a few weeks, to help them settle into school. The children who attend ‘Scallywags’ pre-school also come in to the class for regular story-times.

In the September, children start a few at a time over the first few days, and come to school in the mornings for the first few weeks. After a few weeks they extend to staying over lunch time, then full days, usually by the fourth week of term. Part-time attendance can continue for longer if parents and staff feel that their child is not ready for full-time school.

 

The Curriculum in Reception and KS1
Children in Reception work to the guidance of the Early Years Foundation Stage, within the different areas of learning, whilst children in Years 1 and 2 work on the National Curriculum. In practice there is a natural transition from one to the other and we aim to make this as smooth as possible to support the children’s feelings of confidence and security within school.

There are daily lessons in literacy and numeracy; including phonics teaching in ability groups for ‘Letters and Sounds’. The children follow IPC topics studying foundation subjects then RE, ICT, Music and PE are taught separately. A strong emphasis is placed on practical work, developing skills, and on using knowledge and skills across the curriculum, so that there is real purpose to their learning. Good use is made of the outdoor classroom to extend the children’s experiences and opportunities for learning.

 

The Curriculum in KS2 – Years 3 – 6
Literacy and Numeracy are taught daily as discrete subjects; however they are often linked to ongoing projects. The other subjects are taught through the IPC which provides innovative, engaging and real ways to learn. The foundation subjects are taught in this way following the National Curriculum guidance. Children have separate lessons of PE, ICT, Music and RE.

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SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS AND GIFTED AND TALENTED CHILDREN
The school provides for children who have been identified as needing extra support and specific intervention programmes. Individual Education Plans (IEPs) are drawn up as needed through consultation with the SENCO, class teacher and parents. Regular meetings are held with parents to review the progress being made. Outside agencies will be used as needed with parental consent.

Children who are identified as working or performing above their expected level are given opportunities to develop their potential through a variety of activities and extension learning situations. There are many opportunities within school and through our links with the Ham Hill and Yeovil School Federations.

 

ASSESSMENTS
The children are regularly assessed to check on progress and to review the materials and next steps in planning programmes of work. There are also a number of standardised tests used throughout the school:

  • Foundations Stage - The Foundation Stage Profile
  • End of Year 1 - The Phonics Test
  • End of KS1 - Year 2 SATs
  • End of KS2 - Year 6 SATs

The children in Years 3, 4 and 5 have completed optional SATs each year to help us monitor progress.