We aim to meet the needs of all the children through a broad, balanced and exciting curriculum that encourages success. We provide opportunities for children to experience a sense of achievement through sport, music and the creative arts. We are committed to providing a high quality education where all children have the opportunity to achieve their full potential in a happy, caring and inclusive environment. Raising the attainment of children across all areas of the curriculum is central to our teaching. We actively promote and encourage a healthy lifestyle.
We follow the statutory National Curriculum 2014, which provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens.
‘The leadership and management share a sense of purpose and drive and ensure that an outstanding curriculum provides a wide range of rich, memorable experiences and opportunities for high quality learning for all pupils.’ Ofsted March 2012
Our curriculum will:
- Provide children with knowledge and skills to become confident individuals, independent learners and responsible citizens both locally and globally
- Prepare children for the opportunities and responsibilities and experiences of later life
- Engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement
- Provide real life experiences and contexts
- Celebrate the school’s multi-cultural diversity
- Allow and encourage personalised learning
- Nurture the whole child
- Provide spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
‘There is a positive impact across the school of the imaginative and well planned curriculum and the school’s commitment to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.’ Ofsted March 2012
Our Foundation Stage Curriculum (Applies to Nursery and Reception Pupils)
This comprises seven areas of learning:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Knowledge and Understanding of the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Throughout EYFS children are encouraged to learn through play, which encourages independent learning. Children are well prepared for their transition into Year 1.
‘The imaginative and stimulating curriculum, particularly in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, further enhances all pupils’ enjoyment and leads to their high achievement, including in reading.’ Ofsted March 2012
Organisation of the Curriculum
At Avenue Primary School we are always reflecting on, reviewing and developing our curriculum to ensure that it best meets the needs of our children.
‘The curriculum is constantly under review to ensure it reflects the needs of all pupils, particularly those from minority ethnic heritages and continues to provide rich meaningful experiences.’ Ofsted March 2012
Our curriculum is topic based and includes English units. Each year group has a half termly topic that is designed to inspire learning. Topics include skills and knowledge from the following national curriculum subjects:
- Design and Technology
Mathematics, Computing, Health and Well-being (PSHE), PE, RE and Modern Foreign Languages will be taught discretely but linked to the topic when relevant. We make provision for a daily act of collective worship.
Each topic includes a range of enrichment activities to support and enhance the learning. Lessons will use a range of teaching and learning strategies and vary in structure to suit the purpose and encourage independent learning.
Before the start of each topic children will be asked to suggest what they would like to learn during the topic. Teachers will adapt planning to include these lines of enquiry and the children will have the opportunity to explore their own areas of interest through an independent project. Each classroom will have a topic working wall display that reflects the learning journey. At the beginning of each topic there will be a ‘hook’ day or activity to engage, entice and excite the children.
Children have access to a wide range of new technologies and safe access to the Internet to develop next generation learning and enhance our innovative curriculum.
‘The thoroughly integrated use of technology across the curriculum allows pupils to demonstrate their understanding through a variety of means and is used to overcome any barriers to learning.’ Ofsted March 2012
Our curriculum is enhanced by educational visits and visitors, authors, artists, musicians, scientists, theatre groups and through themes such as: Book Week, Everybody Writes Day, Multicultural Arts week, Eco Week, Black History Month, Language of the Month, Healthy Schools Week, Science Week and Enterprise Week.
‘Educational visits and homework are often linked to pupils’ curriculum work and this makes it more meaningful.’ Ofsted March 2012
Avenue Primary School is committed to be a Rights Respecting School, helping to empower young people to be aware of their own rights as children and of the rights of all other children throughout the world. It is led by UNICEF and based on the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child. This is embedded in all areas of school life.
Please find our Curriculum Policy in our academy policies section and an overview for the curriculum in each year group can be viewed below:
Our document, Promoting British Values, is here.