Amesbury CE Primary School

CURRICULUM

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart.”

Colossians 3:23

 

Curriculum Intent

The purpose of education at Amesbury is to enable all children to achieve and prepare them for the next stage in their life by ensuring they are proficient in the knowledge and skills that they need to be successful alongside ensuring they have developed the personal attributes needed to enable them to become successful citizens of the future.

We aim to maximise the outcomes for every child so that they know more, remember more and understand more. In order to do this, we encourage our children to draw upon their prior knowledge; make clear links between different aspects of their learning; provide them with memorable experiences to enthuse and inspire them; become curious and ask questions about the world around them and develop confidence and self-esteem in their own abilities.

Everything we do is underpinned by our Christian values of: kindness, dignity and endurance and our mission statement of, ‘“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart” Colossians 3:23.

 

Curriculum Implementation

At Amesbury, we believe that all children deserve a balanced and ambitious curriculum that enable them to develop a deep understanding of all subjects and the interconnections between them. Some subjects are taught discretely such as: Maths, English, Computing, PSHE, French, Science, RE, Music and PE. More information on how each subject is delivered can be found on the individual subject pages.

We use the Cornerstones curriculum materials and the online platform Maestro to teach: History, Geography, Art and DT. For these subjects, we adopt a ‘topic’ based approach which runs across one term so each year group experiences three topics within one academic year. The topics have been designed to complement and build on one another with clear progression and links so that, in subsequent year groups, children will be able to explore concepts more deeply and apply their knowledge in different contexts.

Each topic is built around the 10 big ideas which form a series of multi-dimensional, interconnected threads across the curriculum, allowing children to encounter and revisit their learning through a variety of subject lenses. Over time, these encounters help children to build conceptual frameworks that will enable a better understanding of increasingly sophisticated information and ideas.

We believe, “It takes a village,” to raise a child. Therefore, we are passionate about involving our school community in our learning and sharing our successes with them. Therefore, we regularly communicate our learning with parents via the online platform Seesaw. We also place great value on educational visits, which we organise to help provide the children with cultural capital and to give them experiences that enhance their learning.

 

Curriculum Impact

Our Christian values and ethos permeate all aspects of our curriculum and daily life. They inform every decision we make, our pupils and their families are absolutely at the heart of all we do.

The impact of our curriculum is that our pupils will have received a broad and engaging curriculum that ensures children’s attainment in core and foundation subjects is in line with or exceeding their age related expectations when considering their starting points.

Our children will be well-rounded characters, who treat each other with kindness and respect and demonstrate tolerance and equality for all. They will be resilient learners who are not deterred by a challenge and can learn from their mistakes.

By the time our pupils leave Amesbury C of E Primary School, they will be ready for the challenges of secondary school. They will have the confidence, knowledge and skills that will allow them to make a successful transition so that they can flourish in Key Stage 3 and as future citizens of the world. 

 

Our Curriculum Key Drivers

Our mission statements says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart.” Colossians  3:23

Our three Christian values: kindness, endurance and dignity are the backbone of our curriculum and underpin everything we do for OUR children in OUR community.

  1. Kindness – ‘Can pupils support each other and treat others kindly?'
  2. Endurance - 'Are pupils able to embrace challenge and learn from mistakes?'
  3. Dignity – ‘Do pupils set the bar high for themselves and in all that they do?’

      

   

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