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Ascot Heath CE Junior School

School Curriculum

At Ascot Heath CE Junior School, we aim to provide pupils with all the skills, tools and attitudes they need to be effective and engaged learners. Our curriculum is central to this. It encompasses, and extends, all the elements of the 2014 National Curriculum. 

Our rich curriculum reflects the knowledge base of class teachers, the interests of pupils and wider opportunities offered by offsite visits/residentials. We investigate local historical landmarks such as Windsor Castle; create art from the murals at All Saints Church; construct Stonehenge in card (or shortbread); study the physical nature of our local geography and further our business/enterprise skills at Metro Bank or in the Dragons’ Den project.

The children are organised into mixed ability year group classes and the curriculum is delivered using a variety of approaches. Whole class, group and individual teaching and multi sensory approaches are used as appropriate to the subject matter and needs and abilities of the children. Classes are supported by our talented Teaching Assistants.

Please find below Curriculum information in subject order and the attached documents at the bottom of the page will provide some useful information for you. The statutory guidance for the National Curriculum 2014 can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum

If you wish to know more about the individual curriculum for each year group, you can find planning and information on the individual class pages under the Teaching Overview tab.

ENGLISH

Teachers plan their English units based around the use of high quality texts to inspire and motivate the children. These texts are chosen by the teachers with guidance from the English coordinator and, if necessary, the SLT. During a unit, children will immerse themselves in the writing of the chosen author, taking the opportunity to ‘magpie’ characters, themes, phrases and styles. Once a week, children are given the opportunity for an extended piece of writing that will often be ‘in the style of’ or based on the text they are studying.

The library offers a range of fiction and non-fiction books for the children to access; classes visit the library once a week to change books. At the beginning of the year, the children take a Reading Age test to identify those in need of extra support. They also sit a reading assessment (Progress in Reading Assessment) once every term.

Spelling is taught in class via exploration of rules and themes. This is then enhanced by the use of weekly spelling lists for the children to learn at home. Punctuation and grammar is taught every morning in a ‘Morning Activity’ that will focus on a chosen grammatical area. The expectation is that this grammatical learning will then be applied in their writing in the daily English lesson. The children take a short assessment in Spelling Punctuation and Grammar once every half term.

MATHS

We use a variety of schemes and resources to support our delivery of maths across the school including: Abacus, Target Maths and Rising Stars. These are starting points and are used by teachers to target specific areas of need that they have identified for the children under their care.

We have a calculation policy that reflects the changes in the curriculum and provides parents with additional guidance on how children learn in maths at our school.

At home, children have access to a login for MyMaths and one for Times Table Rockstars. We also run homework and information evenings to enable parents to fully support their children at home.

Once a term, the children will take a summative assessment (Progress in Understanding Maths Assessment) covering all areas of the maths curriculum.

ART and DESIGN

In Art, lessons cover the wide range of skills children need to learn as part of the National Curriculum through the study of famous artists and movements. There is also a significant amount of Art History, where children have the opportunity to learn more about the inspiration and traditions behind these artists and movements.

COMPUTING

Computing is taught according to the Rising Stars computing scheme. This places a strong emphasis on developing specific skills in computing and discrete lessons focus on areas such as programming, sequencing and using algorithms. We also teach computing in a cross-curricular manner, particularly when developing skills in the use of Microsoft Office products. This enables children to transfer their skills and use them in a ‘real life’ situation.

Each year group has 20 laptops that are stored in the classroom. These are for the exclusive use of that year group although, in circumstances where each child needs their own, laptops from another year group will be borrowed. The school also has a selection of iPad minis that are used for: assessment, small groups situations/boosters and for a ‘lead learner’ in each class to research relevant facts.

 

DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY

Children learn and attain a range of skills through carefully chosen projects and tasks such as sock toys, cross stich and hyrdaulic toys.

Small groups from each year group cooks once a week in the school kitchen with the help of an adult volunteer. They design and follow a range of recipes, focussing on the importance of a balanced, healthy diet.

FRENCH

At Ascot Heath CE Junior School, we teach French to all children in KS2. During lessons, children are expected to be actively speaking the language and listening to others speaking. This helps them to become increasingly confident in using the language. As they move through KS2, the focus shifts to introducing simple recording of known sentences and phrases in the language leading to them eventually constructing their own sentences and phrases using a model as a guide.

HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY

History and Geography are taught on a topic by topic basis. The curricular areas for each subject have been broken up and assigned as appropriate to each year group (see curriculum map). Where possible, the focus is on the development of key skills in each of these topics. On occasion, these subjects also provide an avenue for children to consolidate their skills learnt in Maths and English. Learning in History and Geography is made ‘real’ and meaningful for children by the use of a range of resources including educational visits and special visitors.

MUSIC

Music is taught once a week with an increasing focus on understanding of notation and composition. We have an active choir that participates in all Bracknell Forest events as well as serving the local community by singing in old people’s homes, town centres and at church events held by All Saints. Children are offered the opportunity to participate in instrumental lessons provided by Berkshire Maestros. Once a year, we hold a Summer Concert to showcase the wide range of musical talents in our school. Parents, governors and the local community are invited to come and enjoy instrumental and choral performances as well as several ‘bands’.

RE

We are a Church of England school and, as a consequence, RE is of great importance to us. We seek to focus on learning from a variety of religions that are represented in Great Britain. Our learning is based around a series of ‘Big Questions’ that encourage the children to think and reflect carefully on their own beliefs, values and experiences. We do not preach, but conduct ourselves according to the key Gospel values.

Once a week, the local parish priest comes to school to deliver an assembly to the whole school. We also visit our local church for a Christmas carol service, the children’s service and as part of a year 3 educational visit. Important religious festivals are celebrated with a specific worship which is supported by the local parish priest.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

PE is taught twice a week by the class teachers. We also have a large number of external experts who deliver specific lessons to classes, also enabling teachers to develop their own practice by observing. We have a wide-range of extra-curricular sports clubs which are run by members of staff or external providers.

We participate actively in sporting events organised by Bracknell Forest’s Young People in Sport scheme and have achieved great success at district, county and regional level in a wide range of sports.

We are extremely fortunate to benefit from having our own swimming pool. Swimming is taught in the second half of the summer term, with every year group receiving two sessions per week.