Curriculum

Welcome to our new CURRICULUM PAGE where you can find out what your child(ren) is learning in school. We are currently working hard on developing a great and challenging new curriculum for our school (we started this work in May 2020) and we will share this ‘work in progress’ with you, as it develops, here on our Curriculum Page.

We worked as a whole staff team to begin the planning and developing of our curriculum, including it’s intent, how this will be delivered and how we will measure the impact of this. You can read about this here:

Intent Implementation and Measuring Impact

Our curriculum is planned in themes which are posed as questions to answer. We have developed a curriculum overview of our themes which are based on a rolling programme to make sure that all of the children in our mixed age classes cover the whole of the National Curriculum during their time at our school. If our year group mixes change, as our school grows, this overview will be adapted to make sure that all of our children have been taught the whole of the National Curriculum before they leave us in Year 6:

Curriculum overview

Our teachers have then taken this curriculum overview and developed their more detailed plans:

PIPISTRELLE CLASS (YR)

Pipistrelle Terms 1 and 2 Curriculum

Pipistrelle Terms 3 and 4 Curriculum

Pipistrelle Vocabulary Map Terms 3 and 4

Pipistrelle Theme Map Terms 3 and 4

Pipistrelle Terms 5 and 6 Curriculum

Pipistrelle Theme Map Terms 5 and 6

HORSESHOE CLASS (Y1 AND 2)

Horseshoe Terms 1 and 2 Curriculum

Horseshoe Terms 3 and 4 Curriculum

Horseshoe Terms 5 and 6 Curriculum

BARBASTELLE CLASS (Y3)

Barbastelle Terms 1 and 2 Curriculum

Barbastelle Terms 3 and 4 Curriculum

Barbastelle Theme Map Terms 3 and 4

Barbastelle Terms 5 and 6 Curriculum

NATTERERS CLASS (Y 4, 5 AND 6)

Natterer’s Term 1 and 2 Curriculum

Natterers Term 3 and 4 Curriculum

Natterers Terms 5 and 6 Curriculum

Maths

Our maths curriculum follows the White Rose planning and assessment programme. We, of course, adapt this for our particular classes, always taking into account our mixed age groups.

More information can be found here:

https://whiterosemaths.com/resources/mixed-age-resources/

We supplement this with the use of the Ready to Progress materials to ensure that all children are ready for the next stage in their mathematical journey, by securing the core skills that they need to make progress. More information can be found here (although this is a resource aimed at teachers rather than parents):

Maths guidance KS1 and 2

English

Phonics

We follow the Read Write Inc programme for teaching phonics in our school. Please see below for more information about how this works:

https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/

There is also lots of information on the site about supporting phonics at home.

From September 2021, we have decided to start using the Letters and Sounds approach to phonics teaching which we feel is better suited to our school. We will keep you updated about this later in the year. We hope to have a parents’ information event all about phonics at the start of the next academic year, when we can invite our parents into our school once again.

Reading

Click on the link below to find out all about our approach to reading here at AAA

READING AT ABBOT ALPHEGE ACADEMY

Writing

Children get many opportunities to write, both in English lessons and across the curriculum. We expect children to show us their very best in their writing in all written work, and this is reinforced by their teachers everyday.

AAA Writing Progression

RE

Our RE teaching and learning follows Awareness, Mystery, Value the agreed syllabus for BANES. There is a wealth of information on their website about this and the link is here (again, aimed at teachers rather than parents):

http://www.awarenessmysteryvalue.org/

PSHE and RHE

We use the Jigsaw Scheme of Learning for both PSHE and RHE.

Information on the Jigsaw Scheme can be found here:

Jigsaw-Information-Leaflet-for-Parents-and-Carers-2020

Information on our NEW RHE curriculum can be found here:

RSHE-A-Guide-for-Parents-and-Carers-leaflet-2020 (2)

Resources to support our curriculum

We use many resources to support our curriculum. These ensure that our teachers have everything they need to plan and teach an exciting, engaging and relevant curriculum that enables our children to learn and be truly academically fulfilled. A summary of these can be found here, but we are evaluating, changing and adding to these regularly:

Curriculum resources