Our vision for School
“We care that children understand, believe in and achieve their full potential.”
At Allenton this means children develop the knowledge and skills to enable them to access their next stage of education and begin their journey to being good citizens. We foster lifelong learning skills through our four Learning Super Heroes (Resilience, Reflectiveness, Resourcefulness and Reciprocity) equipping children to overcome potential challenges in their future and contribute positively to their immediate and wider community.
We believe children learn best when they feel happy, safe and secure; with strong trusting relationships with the adults and children around them. Our ethos is to educate the whole child and we have developed our curriculum to raise aspirations and broaden children’s understanding of the world around them.
The content of our curriculum is based on the National Curriculum and objectives are taught according to topics (please see School Topic overview and Year group overview). We use cornerstones to ensure coverage of objectives across the whole of the school and subject leaders have created progression of skills and knowledge documents to ensure children build upon their prior learning.
Pupils work on the Early Learning Goals in Reception and as they enter Year 1. There is a period in the Autumn Term where the majority of children progress to the National Curriculum. Throughout this period and beyond all children are still developing their phonic knowledge through the Letters and Sounds Programme and developing their fluency in reading through the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme which runs throughout the school.
At Allenton we have a mastery approach to Mathematics and use a bespoke version of Math’s No Problem which enables children to develop a secure understanding of mathematical concepts.
Enrichment is key to our curriculum and the opportunities we provide our children predominantly focus around three strands:
Bringing learning to life
The curriculum is underpinned by key School/British Values and these are taught both discreetly and in other areas of the curriculum, including assemblies. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils and their understanding of the core values of our society are woven through the curriculum alongside how children should look after themselves and others; understanding their rights and responsibilities (Please see Safeguarding though the Curriculum document).
Children with additional needs (SENd) are able to access all areas of our curriculum and have bespoke opportunities available to them to ensure their needs are catered for. We believe that all children develop according to the four areas of need identified in the SENd Code of practice and we have mapped how our curriculum offer meets development in each of these areas (see Offer document).