Curriculum

Curriculum at Allens Croft Primary School 

The staff team have worked hard to establish the 'best practice' in teaching and learning across all areas of learning. 

In our school, staff ensure that lessons are well organised and prepared. Teachers provide a range of practical experiences to give your child the best opportunity to learn.

Your child will be given clear expectations and targets to help them improve over time and specific lesson objectives and feedback on achievement of these will be given either verbally or written.

 

Child-Led Learning at Allens Croft Primary School

At Allens Croft Primary School, the children plan their own learning each half-term.  The children collaboratively choose a topic that they want to learn about from a range of topics relating to the Year Group National Curriculum expectations.  The topics are taken from Cornerstones Creative Curriculum.  www.cornerstoneseducation.co.uk/projects/cornerstones-curriculum-topics/

Ready for the beginning of each half-term, the children will have a discussion about what they already know, what they would like to learn about and how they would like to learn.  This is then mapped out and the teacher will then plan the learning, ensuring that the National Curriculum objectives being met across all areas of their learning.  Each term, the children are provided with either a WOW event or an educational visit which links with the learning that is taking place.

Through this approach, the children are engaged in their learning, as they are hooked through a memorable experience and the activities are carefully planned which will stimulate the children’s interest and curiosity.  The children will also learn facts and information about the topic, which will deepen their knowledge and understanding of a range of curriculum subjects.  From this, the children will learn new skills and will be provided with creative opportunities to support their learning.

At the beginning of each half-term, the children are provided with project ideas that they can complete at home and then bring in at the end of the topic to showcase to the rest of the class and their teachers.

The National Curriculum

The Education Act of 1988 states that children between the ages of five and eleven must study four core subjects: Maths, English, Science and Computing, as well as seven foundation subjects: Design and Technology, History, Geography, Art and Design, Music and Physical Education. There is also now a requirement to teach a modern foreign language in Key Stage 2. Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship are taught across the curriculum.

Children learn in many, many ways and because of this we vary our teaching methods, eg. whole class, group and individual. These different methods allow children to develop a deeper understanding of what has been taught by direct teaching, playing, investigating, exploring, experimenting, problem solving, listening, researching, interacting and applying what has been learned.

New Primary Curriculum

The Government have released a New National Curriculum which has been implemented from September 2014. The national curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.

 

 

BIRMINGHAM CURRICULUM STATEMENT
1. PREAMBLE
In Birmingham, community cohesion means working towards a society in which strong and positive relationships flourish and continue to be developed in schools, the workplace and wider community. This is achieved through our shared values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, tolerance and mutual respect for people. The Equality Act 2010 places a duty on us to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and to foster good relations. To achieve this, every child in Birmingham should have the best opportunity to go as far as they can in life and education is the key to that success. This is our commitment to equip children and young people to be happy, talented, confident and ambitious citizens of Birmingham and of the world.
 
2. THE STATEMENT
A statement for our children in Birmingham: a guarantee for their future.
ALL children in Birmingham will experience a broad and balanced curriculum enabling them to grow and learn in an environment without prejudice or inequality.
It will prepare them for adult life by:
enabling them to play an active role in their school and community
experiencing a culturally rich and diverse life
developing and benefitting from a range of positive relationships
 
The curriculum will:
promote children’s engagement in learning through enquiry-led approaches that develop skills, dispositions and attitudes to learning
equip children for their futures in a rapidly changing world recognising the importance of technology, science, languages and communication for dialogue and understanding between different groups
value, celebrate and build on children’s religious and cultural heritage and develop a sense of identity, honouring the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)
promote the fundamental shared values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
help children develop an understanding of all faiths and none, and participate in the celebration of different religious events in understanding and accepting differences
develop children holistically: their intellectual, practical, aesthetic, spiritual, social and emotional capacities
ensure an understanding of protected characteristics of the Equality Act and how through diversity they can be celebrated
develop children to take the lead, accepting responsibility for their behaviour, to show initiative and compassion for others, to make a positive difference in their own lives and in the lives of those living and working in their local, national and global communities.  At school, all children and young people will be given the opportunity to learn the benefits of physically and emotionally healthy lifestyles, by participating in high quality personal, social and health education including sex and relationships education.
 
 
Opportunities will be provided for children to explore their talents and abilities through:
developing an appreciation of the arts
taking part in a wide range of physical activities, sports and games
developing a sense of self in a non-judgemental, mutually supportive environment
experiencing music and its intrinsic value for enjoyment and self-expression through performing, singing and the playing of instruments
experiencing social, moral, spiritual and cultural education that broadens children’s awareness and understanding of the world and their place within it
independent careers advice that inspires and motivates them to fulfil their potential
 
The UNCRC, Article 29 states that education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures and the environment. We will not allow any attempts to narrow the curriculum, or to deny our children and young people their right to education.

 

Subjects

Please follow the link for Allens Croft Curriculum- 

https://allcroft-bham.frogos.net/app/curriculum/key stages

English 

English is central to all learning and an integral part of all our work at Allens Croft. It is the main way for your child to develop their thoughts, feelings and ideas as well as their language expertise. Speaking and listening are fundamental to this development and our teachers plan for opportunities for children to speak in pairs, groups and to the whole class as well as through drama and role-play.

A rich variety of reading materials and frequent writing sessions enable children to acquire the essential skills required at this primary stage of their education. At Allens Croft we encourage Literacy skills to be developed in all other subjects.

At Allens Croft,  we use RWInc Phonics Programme to teach children how to read and spell words.

‘Read, Write Inc.’ is a literacy programme by Ruth Miskin. The whole programme covers phonics, reading and spelling and can be used across EYFS, KS1 and KS2. 

A complete literacy programme - systematic and structured.

RWinc meets the demands of the new national curriculum, giving your children the best chance of success in the national tests.

One-to-one tutoring - no child is left behind.

Storybooks align with the sounds learnt in class and therefore, the children are consolidating the phonics they have learnt and applying these skills in context

 Further information can be found by reading our English Curriculum which is linked below and over on the English page on the website. 

You can read more by clicking here to see the English National Curriculum Programme of Study 

Mathematics (including Numeracy)

 

Mathematics is a real and relevant subject that is required throughout life. We base our Numeracy work on the revised Numeracy framework and children are taught to apply mathematical knowledge to solve problems.

 

A variety of mental strategies are taught to develop confidence with number. Practical and mental skills form the essential foundation for written maths methods. We look for every opportunity to teach Mathematics across the curriculum and in relevant contexts.

 

This year, we are following the White Rose Hub scheme of learning. These schemes, for years 1-6, have been developed by teachers across the country. The curriculum is aimed towards a mastery approach and gives more time to teachers to teach key topics in greater depth. The maths curriculum has been broken down into a series of detailed ‘small steps’ and a new integrated approach to Fluency, Reasoning and Problem Solving has been put into place.

 

At Allens Croft, we have recognised the need to develop a Mastery curriculum that is inclusive of all children, regardless of their mathematical ability. Through White Rose, children are exposed to a learning ethos of practical application and discussion, which has allowed children to learn and develop a clear understanding of new concepts and topics. The curriculum is built upon a firm foundation of 'Number', with all year groups building knowledge and fluency through place value and mental and written calculations as these are the building blocks of each child’s Numeracy educations.

 

Below, there are links to the Yearly Overview for each year group as well as the National Curriculum for Numeracy.

 

 You can read more by clicking here to see the Mathematics National Curriculum Programme of Study 

Science

Our programme of study in science aims to develop enquiring minds and to gain knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas and skills.

Children are encouraged through a variety of situations to develop skills of imaginative and systematic questioning.

Through practical activities children can develop the ability to formulate and test ideas and gain an understanding of scientific knowledge.

You can read more by clicking here to see the Science National Curriculum Programme of Study 

Computing

Changes to the 2014 curriculum have seen name ‘Information and Communication Technology’ replaced by ‘Computing’. Computing can be broken into three areas: Information Technology, Digital Literacy and Online Safety. 

"Computers are now part of everyday life. For most of us, technology is essential to our lives, at home and at work. ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill children must be taught if they are to be ready for the workplace and able to participate effectively in this digital world. The new national curriculum for computing has been developed to equip young people in England with the foundational skills, knowledge and understanding of computing they will need for the rest of their lives. Through the new programme of study for computing, they will learn how computers and computer systems work, they will design and build programs, develop their ideas using technology and create a range of content." Simon Peyton-Jones - Chairman, Computing At School. 

At Allens Croft, we have a computer suite that enables a whole class to be taught simultaneously. We have also access to IPADs to enhance teaching and learning across the curriculum. 

In addition, each classroom is networked, giving all the children access to the internet via classroom computers and the Interactive White Board. Curriculum areas including, but not limited to, English and Mathematics have individual software packages geared towards individual learning needs. Software throughout the network is recommended by the Local Authority and covers stages of learning from Early Years (reception), through Key Stages 1 (infants) and 2 (juniors).

 

We teach our Computing through the following units. Click below to find out more. 

You can view the National Curriculum below. 

You can view our Computing policy below. 

 The Arts

Creative activities in art and craft, drama, music and dance are encouraged throughout the whole curriculum. The children are encouraged to enjoy and experiment with a wide range of media to develop their capacity for innovative thought.

In Key Stage 2, the children get the opportunity to learn the Ukelele in whole-class teaching sessions. If they opt to take it further, they may continue learning more advanced Ukelele in small groups.

 

You can read more by clicking here to see the Art and Design National Curriculum Programme of Study

You can read more by clicking here to see the Music National Curriculum Programme of Study

Design Technology

Stone Age inspired sculpture.

Design Technology fits well into our cross-curricular approach, linking to many subjects, especially Maths and Science. It provides the opportunity for children to engage in imaginative and creative work.

Technology provides an opportunity for the children to design, investigate, plan and construct. Planning and evaluating their designs and artefacts gives children a chance to learn by their mistakes, as well as their successes.

This curriculum area helps children to learn how to tackle new problems and tasks with confidence.

You can read more by clicking here to see the Design and Technology National Curriculum Programme of Study

 

History

Much of the children's work in History is developed through topics which are often linked to other subject areas. We aim to make the work relevant and real where possible, drawing on the children's own experiences.

We encourage the use of historical artifacts and documents, so giving the children first hand evidence and a chance to make up their own minds about past events. This develops an awareness of past events and learning to prepare them for life in the community and helps them to understand how we can learn from the past.

You can read more by clicking here to see the History National Curriculum Programme of Study 

Geography

Using a globe to locate countries.

The study of Geography helps children towards an understanding of the world in which they live. The work involves investigation and exploration of their local area and further afield.

We aim to establish a sense of personal responsibility for their own actions on the environment and the world in which we live.

You can read more by clicking here to see the Geography National Curriculum Programme of Study 

Religious Education

Allens Croft follows the revised Agreed Birmingham Syllabus which focuses on values which are common to all the major religions (and several minor religions). The values are followed as twenty four 'dispositions'.

At Allens Croft we see Religious Education as not only academic, but as our children's emotional, social and moral development. We aim to nurture not only self-esteem but respect for and understanding of each other. We aim to inform the children about many faiths so as to aid development of their own beliefs and values.

You can read more by clicking here to see the Birmingham Agreed Syllabus Programme of Study for Religious Education

Collective Worship

Children have a daily act of collective worship. These gatherings take many forms including: assemblies, class reflection and whole school celebration.

If parents wish to withdraw their child from collective worship, on religious grounds, it is the responsibility of the parents to ensure their child's religious needs are met.

Physical Education

All children are encouraged to participate in regular exercise to maintain their health. Children are offered an appropriate range of activities through the curriculum in all Key Stages. Extra-curricular clubs & activities and competitions are also offered. Once a year all children will participate in a Sports Day where they can demonstrate the development of their skills. We place great emphasis on children participation for fun and not just winning. Throughout their time at Allens Croft, children are offered a balanced range of games, dance, gymnastics, athletics and outdoor & adventurous activities. Swimming sessions are also offered for certain year groups on rotation.

You can read more about PE at Allens Croft Primary School by copying & pasting the following link into your browser: https://www.allcroft.bham.sch.uk/website/physical_education/262295

Early Years Foundation Stage (for Children in Reception)

The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their development.

Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.

Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:

  • Communication and language;
  • Physical development; and
  • Personal, social and emotional development.

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:

  • Literacy;
  • Mathematics;
  • Understanding the world; and
  • Expressive arts and design.

These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is a little bit like a curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it's suitable for very young children, and it's designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child's unique needs and interests.

Find out more in our Foundation Stage Guide.

Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.