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Allenton Community

Primary School

We care that our children understand, believe in, and achieve their full potential

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Vision and Curriculum Statement

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 progression of skills and knowledge to ensure coverage of objectives across the whole of the school and it also ensures that children build upon their prior learning.   For example, History is taught chronologically starting in Reception with dinosaurs and finishing in year 6 with modern history such as WW2.

 

The core of our curriculum is based on the humanity subjects science, geography and history alongside daily maths and English lessons ensuring children have the basic skills required to access the broader curriculum. 

 

Why humanities?

The humanities matter because they enable children to:

  • consider questions about the meaning and purpose of their lives
  • explore their own identities, values and beliefs and concepts such as time, space and faith
  • develop skills and habits associated with critical and creative thinking
  • extend their cultural and imaginative horizons
  • learn to empathise with people who are different, as well as those who are similar, thereby celebrating diversity, exploring common ground and challenging bias and prejudice
  • learn about democracy, global citizenship and sustainability
  • strengthen a sense of care for themselves, each other and the planet, in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (United Nations, 2015).

 

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

Careers opportunities

Enterprise

 

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).

Please find a table below of the topics that will be covered by each year group over the course of the academic year.

 

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Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Autumn 1

 

 

Our Superheroes

Street Detectives

History

 

Ancient Egypt

History

Groovy Greeks

History

Mountains

Geography

Tudors

History

Evolution and Inheritance

Science

Autumn 2

 

 

Where We Live

Geography

Local Area and UK

Geography

 

Materials

Science

Raging Rivers

Geography

Saxons and Vikings

History

Argentina

Geography

World War 1

History

Spring 1

 

 

Dinosaurs

Science

Stone Age

History

Plants

Science

Rotten Romans

History

 

North America Study

Forces and Magnets

Geography/Science

 

Space

Science

Heart and Other Organs

Science

Spring 2

 

 

Let’s Go Outside

Science

Weather

Science

Continents and Oceans

Geography

Lovely Living things and their habitats

Science

 

Light and Electricity

Science

Forces and Chemical Reactions

Science

South America

Geography

Summer 1

 

 

Everything Changes

Science

Animals

Science

Explorers

History

Violent Volcanoes and Earthquakes

Geography

 

Normans 1066

History

Victorians

History

The Polar Regions

Geography

Summer 2

 

 

Memory Box

History

Contrasting Areas

Geography

Seaside

Geography

Rugged Rocks

Science

 

 

Princes, Peasants and Pestilence

His/Geo/Sci

Environmental Issues

Geography

World War 2

History

 

Discover each year group’s curriculum coverage over the course of the academic year. Half termly topics are broken down into specific subject areas.

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