What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here.
All children follow the current National Curriculum. -In line with Government guidelines more emphasis is given to English, Mathematics, Science, and Computing. However, our broad and balanced curriculum also includes Design and Technology, History, Geography, Art, Music, Physical Education, French and Personal Social and Health Education. In addition, our Junior children have swimming lessons at Medlock Swimming Pool.
Early Years Curriculum
In Reception the children are taught using the Development Matters document. They then move on to the Early Learning Goals which they will be assessed against at the end of the year.
In Reception children are assessed against the Early Learning Goals. A child will receive either emerging, expected or exceeding for each goal.
The National Curriculum
The school’s curriculum aims to provide opportunities for all pupils to learn and to achieve. We aim to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and prepare all pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. These two aims reinforce each other. The personal development of pupils plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. Development in both these areas is essential to raising standards of attainment for all pupils. Whilst the school follows the required National Curriculum, we aim to provide our children with a much broader curriculum.
The introduction of the new 2014 National Curriculum numeracy strategies put the emphasis on the need for children to ‘know, understand and do’, to be able to talk about their maths through the use of language, symbols and vocabulary, and to be able to explain their methods and offer reasons for their choices.
There is recognition, too, that learning tables is very helpful in making complicated multiplication and division sums easier to complete quickly.
In Audenshaw Primary, the maths techniques and methods children are taught in class are based on giving them an understanding of mathematics and helping them to articulate that through explaining, discussing their work with each other and involving them in solving problems that apply to everyday life.
Children learn different methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and are encouraged to apply them when answering word problems. This part of maths is often referred to as problem solving and reasoning.
There are key objectives for each year group – please see the relevant year for your child. These objectives are used to inform the teacher’s planning and the children will be assessed regularly to check their progress and understanding.
We use a variety of resources to support our maths teaching and extra support is offered to those children who require it.
For further details of our maths curriculum, click here
Assessment of Maths
Teachers assess the children on an ongoing basis and complete the online teacher assessment spreadsheet used across school. The children are tested at the end of each year using the NfER Maths Tests. The tests support the class teacher in their end-of-year assessment.
Lessons in English follow the pattern of reading into writing, whereby the language features and organisation of a text is analysed to form a success criteria to develop the children’s writing. A variety of text types are covered across each year group, featuring both fiction and non-fiction genres.
English is taught every day in every class for at least one hour per day, as well as extra cross curricular writing in other subjects. Guided Reading is taught outside the English lesson in Key Stage 1 and for SEN children only in Key Stage 2. Additionally, reading and comprehension skills are taught and assessed during a standalone comprehension lesson in Years 2-6 each week and an additional comprehension session takes place in Key Stage 2 each week. Talk for Writing is used across the whole school, as well as appropriate drama and speaking and listening activities. Weekly SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) sessions are taught across the school to ensure the high expectations of the new curriculum are covered.
Learning to read is one of the most important skills that your child will learn. The more support and encouragement that you can offer your child, the more likely that he or she will progress with enthusiasm and ease. We use a wide range of books from various publishers including Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Star, Big Cat and Project X. All books have been banded so that they have clear reading age expectations.
In Foundation stage we use a combination of Jolly Phonics and Letters & Sounds to deliver the objectives, which is adapted as needed to suit the needs of the cohort each year. In Key Stage 1 an Accelerated Phonics teaching programme is used, which is a step-by-step phonics programme, to introduce children to the letters and sounds (the alphabetic code) as well as tricky words that cannot be decoded. To reinforce the teaching in school, your child may bring home some books to share with you. All the books have notes on the inside cover to guide you on how best to use them with your child.
Assessment of English
Every half term the children are assessed using the relevant year groups’ statements for Reading by Ros Wilson. This is teacher assessment, where evidence is taken from Guided Reading notes and comprehension records gathered each week. A summative assessment for Reading takes place during the summer term for Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6. In Year 1 the children complete the Phonics Screening Test in June, which assesses their ability to read and decode words.
Writing is assessed though the application of skills in cross-curricular topics, as well as writing pieces done as part of the English sessions. The children are assessed using the relevant year groups’ statements for Writing by Teacher’s PAL. In addition to this, children complete SPAG tests as appropriate for their ability and application of these skills in writing is also assessed. A summative assessment for SPAG takes place during the summer term for Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6. Spelling ability is additionally assessed on a 1-1 basis linked to the new curriculum objectives and an individual record is kept for each child showing which words can be spelt correctly from the relevant year groups’ word lists.
The children at Audenshaw Primary school enjoy science because it stimulates and excites their curiosity about the world around them. They learn, right from day one, about biology (plants, animals and humans); chemistry (changing states, separating mixtures, materials) and about physics (electricity, forces, light & sound, space). However, perhaps more important than all of that, is the development of scientific method throughout the school. By learning how to observe over time, identify and classify, seek patterns, and conduct research and experiments, children learn how to ask and answer scientific questions about the world. By equipping children with these vital skills, children are better prepared to make a valuable contribution to the ever-changing world that awaits them.
At Audenshaw Primary School we use a scheme of work that enables all teachers to confidently deliver creative and innovative lessons for children to access and enjoy even from an early age. Each unit develops pupils’ computing skills across and within a creative curriculum and uses software that is familiar to the teachers and children. It allows both staff and pupils to put computing in the heart of their teaching and apply this within our ever-changing computing world. To enable children to become up to date learners in computing they are able to use iPads, laptops, netbooks, microphones, music software, coding software and many more. The skills learnt in school will allow them to apply knowledge at home and for the future.
Examples of units of work:
See the full Rising Stars’ planning here
Foundation subjects: Geography, History, Art and Design, Design Technology, Music, Languages and Physical Education.
Across school the children will be learning French as a Modern Foreign Language.
National Curriculum 2014 here
From September 2014, all schools are required to redraft the annual teaching curriculum based on the statutory guidelines and objectives published by the DfE. All subject leaders in school worked together to review our annual curriculum to incorporate all the necessary changes.
Where possible, links are made to create a whole topic based unit.
RE is taught using the Manchester Diocese Curriculum which teaches children the key Christian values as well as popular bible stories, religious festivals, the church and the important beliefs of Christians. It is also important to introduce and teach pupils the other major religions including their beliefs, teachings, practices and effects. These religions include Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, Buddhism and Judaism.
In the foundation subjects, children will be assessed against the new National Curriculum objectives.
To be reviewed September 2016