The National Curriculum sets out the minimum content and 'provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens'. It is just one element of the education of every child. The compulsory subjects that will be taught in school are shown opposite.
When children enter our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), they follow the Statutory Framework for the EYFS - this is laid down by the Department for Education. Alongside this, the Development Matters in the EYFS guidance/assessment material is used, in order to help adults to understand and support each individual child's development pathway. To view this document click HERE.
We also ensure that our children have the opportunity to learn lots of additional skills and develop their knowledge and understanding fully. We take part in sports competitions and opportunities in the locality. Specialist teachers provides brass and woodwind instrument lessons. We ensure that all children have the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of enrichment experiences, including farm visits, residentials, visitors to school, outings directly linked to areas of learning, etc.
As well as the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum, we are keen to educate the whole child, including personal, social, health, emotional and citizenship (P.S.H.E and C). We also encourage children to take part in peer massage and relaxation to help meet their emotional needs. Independence and personal responsibility are taught through our culture of resorative justice. Children are encouraged to think flexibly, take risks with their learning and to pursue excellence in particular areas.
Topics in KS1 and KS2:
As mentioned in the opening paragraph above, we plan and teach some of our subjects through a topic based/cross-curricular approach. We feel this enables us to offer a more creative curriculum. This helps children to make links between their learning because they learn within a meaningful context. To see the best examples of the topic work that we've been doing, click HERE.
Please click on the year group icon below for an overview of the topics taught in each of the Year Groups in Key Stage One and Two.
In order to further support our children, we employ additional staff who work as part of our team. Below you can meet some of these staff.
Read, Write, Inc. (Phonics based learning)
The short film below explains exactly what Read, Write Inc is all about. We teach Phonics in EYFS, KS1 and KS2 using this approach.
Topic Web Year 1
Topic Web Year 2
Topic Web Year 3
Topic Web Year 4
Topic Web Year 5
Topic Web Year 6
English Mathematics Science
R. E. Technology History Geography Art Music P. E. French Computing P.S.H.E.
The intended impact of our curriculum is that by the end of each academic year, the vast majority of pupils have sustained mastery of the curriculum content that they have been studying, e.g. they can remember it and are fluent in it. Some pupils will have a greater depth of understanding. Impact is monitored by senior and subject leaders through lesson observations, learning walks, book scrutinies, pupil voice, assessment data tracking and half-termly pupil progress meetings. We also want our pupils to develop as independent, confident, successful learners, with high aspirations, who know how to make a positive contribution to their community and the wider society - mirroring our school motto 'Aiming High'.
Attendance and behaviour data demonstrates the impact of the school's behaviour and attendance policies on children's attitudes to and enjoyment of school Staff voice surveys, which enable the identification of CPD needs in relation to the curriculum model also contribute to ensuring a positive impact through appropriate implementation. Pupil voice surveys also demonstrate children's attitudes to, and views of their learning, which also helps to 'measure' the impact of our curruiculum. Parent/Carer feedback is also welcomed and acted upon in order to support change where needed.
Please click on the Year Group Icon below for detailed information about what is to be taught in each of the Year Groups in Key Stage One and Two.
We offer a 'knowledge engaged' curriculum. This means that children learn skills alongside knowledge, ensuring that both are explicitly developed. The skill is thought about first when mapping out the curriculum, but the knowledge is taught first. Our curriculum is about how we ensure that pupils can achieve both knowledge and skill. There is a strong emphasis on cross-curricular teaching in order to make the curriculum relevant and meaningful to pupils and for putting knowledge into context. Teachers assess both the skill and the knowledge. We have identified key skills within the subject areas which once mastered, will support children in developing further.
Topics in EYFS:
The teaching of the EYFS curriculum is delivered through a range of topics. These can be viewed within the Curriculum Overviews for Nursery and Reception. Please click on the appropriate year group below to view the Curriculum Overviews:
British values are always parts of Armitage CofE Primary School life. For more information on our British Values click HERE.
The topics form part of the curriculum that we have designed for each of the year groups in Key Stage One and Key Stage Two. To see the Curriculum Overiew which includes all Topics/Subjects, please click on the appropriate year group below: