Our Curriculum

At Ashlands Church of England First School, we provide a creative curriculum which offers children many opportunities to reach their full potential through an extensive range of activities. These may be based on learning within the classroom, the outdoor environment, learning within our local community and we really value the learning experiences children can gain from external visits and visitors. We offer a curriculum which understands that all areas of learning are interconnected and that alongside children developing essential literacy, numeracy, ICT and scientific skills, they also have opportunities to express themselves through play, talk, song, drama, dance, art, design and crafts. We also ensure and value the importance of creating opportunities for children to develop physically, spiritually and morally.

Maths

Maths is enjoyed across the school. Don’t expect to see them sitting down and copying sums from a blackboard though, Maths happens in lots of exciting, and innovative ways.

We place a very high value on learning core number skills such as knowledge of place value and times-tables. These skills are applied in many different ways, including practical activities such as cooking and outdoor learning. Don’t be surprised to see our Year 1s and 2s outside jumping, running, drawing with chalk and smiling and laughing as they learn Maths!

Literacy

We LOVE to read!

The teaching of phonics is about recognising the sounds of our language and is a principle method for teaching children to read and spell. Our pupils learn this in class, through daily teaching following the Letters and Sounds Framework, which is then reinforced through everything they read and write during the day (systematic synthetic phonics).  We have a wide range of resources, and we are currently purchasing some new resources for our older readers. We believe teaching phonics does not just stop when children reach Year 3. Children are continually assessed in their phonics and children in Key Stage 2 receive regular discrete teaching of both phonics and spellings. Early reading follows the Rigby ‘Phonics Bug’ scheme.

With the aim to provide a positive and creative environment within which all children can learn and develop their writing, we incorporate Talk for Writing strategies to develop children’s understanding of writing structures, providing them with the tools and building blocks needed to become confident and successful writers.

Computing

Computing plays a part in all of our lives, and we aim to give the children at our school every opportunity to access new technologies which enhances their learning. Computing is interwoven in to the children’s learning continuously, and it provides them with ideas and formats that could only be dreamt about twenty years ago! In addition to the great learning that happens, we place very high value on teaching the children the importance of keeping themselves safe when online. These ‘e-safety’ lessons are taught in every year across the school through computing lessons, discrete teaching and regular assemblies.  We also endeavour to keep parents up to date with the latest issues through priding them with relevant information:  Look out for our whole school e-safety themed day in February! We were extremely proud to be the first school in Somerset to achieve our 360degree ‘e-safety’ award.

To aid this process we have a new set of 15iPads, and 32 laptops which provide access to learning software, online resources, and the internet which is accessed via our state of the art WIFI network.

The nature of computing means that we are continuously looking at how we can improve the outcomes for the children at the school. We aim to keep up to date with changes in technology, and ways in which it moves forward.

RE

We follow the agreed Somerset syllabus for RE:

Awareness, Mystery and Value 2011

For more information please see

http://amv.somerset.gov.uk/

Early Years Foundation Stage

We firmly believe that the unique child learns through actively engaging with other people and their environment. The characteristics of effective learning, drive learning and development across all areas. How children learn and what children learn are all important factors of a child’s development and are interconnected. The Development Matters in the EYFS is outlined below so allow you to see what we will be aiming for during the important first year of your child’s school career.

How children learn: What children learn:
Playing and exploring

  • finding out and exploring
  • playing with what they know
  • being willing to have a go

Active learning

  • being involved and concentrating
  • enjoying achieving what they set out to do
  • keeping trying

Creating and thinking critically

  • having their own ideas
  • making links
  • choosing ways to do things

 

Prime areas of learning and developing

  • Personal, Social and Emotional development (Making relationships; Self-confidence & awareness; Managing feelings & behaviour)
  • Communication and Language (Listening & attention; Understanding; Speaking)
  • Physical development (Moving & handling; Health and self-care)

Specific areas of learning and development

  • Mathematics (Numbers; Shape, space & measures)
  • Literacy (Reading; Writing)
  • Understanding the world (People & communities; The world; Technology)
  • Expressive arts and design (Exploring & using media & materials; Being imaginative)

If you would like any more information on the curriculum please do not hesitate to contact the school.