The aim of the Federation of Abbey Schools is to provide a happy educational environment; a school where all young people are provided with a high quality education that is stimulating and challenging. We aim to promote a love of learning by making school fun and relevant whilst at the same time ensuring standards are high in order to prepare your children for their future. We seek to recognise and develop each pupil as an individual with a “challenge for all “ethos.
The National Curriculum serves as a framework for our curriculum policy, which allows teachers to respond effectively to individual learning needs. Consequently we provide teaching which is flexible, relevant and meaningful in order to prepare children for their further educational development and to enable them to take part fully as citizens within our society.
Children in our Reception Classes follow the Early Years Curriculum, this comprises of seven key areas of learning and development which are: Three Prime Areas: Personal, Social and emotional Development; Physical Development; Communication and Language. Four Specific Areas: Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding the World; Expressive Arts and Design.
Children in Years 1 to 6 (Key Stages 1 and 2) follow the subjects of the National Curriculum. This comprises of English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, Religious Education, Design and Technology, Geography, History, Art, Music, and Physical Education.
Our current base reading scheme in Early Years and Key Stage 1 is Oxford Reading Tree and this is supplemented with a variety of other schemes and online reading resources. We use 'Letters and Sounds' to teach phonics through an engaging scheme called Jolly Phonics.
We strongly believe the arts are an essential tool for the development of self-esteem, creative thinking and problem solving and these are taught through our Creative Curriculum. Through the arts children are taught about, and experience different cultures and we encourage diversity and creative thinking. Music also plays an important part in our learning and we partner with Durham Music Service to offer many opportunities for all children. In addition to academic and creative subjects, we promote independence, questioning, life skills and a desire to learn in a fun and mutually supportive environment. We take pride in our pupils as they flourish within the school’s supportive environment. All benefit from the wide range of extra-curricular activities which complement the excellent teaching from our committed staff.
Our expectations and examination results are high and achievement is both recognised and rewarded within the context of partnership between the school, pupils and parents. We work with local companies on joint curriculum projects and run regular curriculum days when specialists are invited into school to inspire learning.
If you require any more information please contact Mr Briggs.
Parents of reception children can now use 'Tapestry' to work in partnership with teachers. Click here for more information on how this works.
For more information about the curriculum taught please contact members of the Senior Leadership Team.