"Aim High, Work Hard, Achieve Together”
Our curriculum intent:
At Abbey School, we create a happy, caring and supportive environment based on a spirit of co-operation between the school and the local community. We treat children and adults fairly, equitably, and with dignity and respect, to maintain an inclusive school culture.
Our curriculum is ambitious and we set high expectations to enable pupils to become effective, enthusiastic, independent learners who behave in a way to make parents and school proud. It aims to provide all pupils with the knowledge, skills and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. Barriers to our curriculum intent are identified early and acted upon.
We are learning centred and we challenge their thinking, help them strive for continuous improvement and are committed to life-long learning.
Our curriculum implementation:
At Abbey School we deliver a dynamic and innovative curriculum that challenges, excites and inspires children to achieve their best and instil in everyone a love of learning. We nurture, support and challenge everyone to perform at their best and feel proud of what they have achieved.
Teaching promotes the development of pupils’ metacognitive knowledge to improve independent thinking skills to become confident, self-assured learners. Personal development and relationships shape our approach to learning to ensure that our pupils are happy, emotionally intelligent citizens who know themselves and their place in the world as unique individuals.
The work given to pupils is demanding and matches the aims of the curriculum in being coherently planned and sequenced towards cumulatively sufficient knowledge. We assess our pupils diligently so we know where we need to take them next; we know our children and their families well.
The impact of our curriculum:
We have a collective responsibility for raised standards and improved pupil outcomes which ensures that our children develop detailed knowledge and skills across the curriculum and, as a result, achieve exceptionally well and is reflected in our consistently high outcomes for our pupils.
Children are challenged to deepen their understanding and knowledge by taking on tasks which help others in the class have an insight into knowledge that may otherwise have not been accessed by them.
Pupils’ personal development is a strength and is evident in the way that pupils contribute to the life of school and how they interact with each other and the world around them. Our pupils understand and express their emotions well and handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. Pupils develop into confident, attentive, independent learners ready for the next stage in their education. Our pupils are continually growing as empathetic, independent and emotionally intelligent learners and citizens.
The National Curriculum
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 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.
Abbey Schools are in the process embedding our curriculum We felt that our pupils needed a more challenged based curriculum where the curriculum is designed around their needs and interests. In order to do this we have invested in the principles of ‘The Learning Challenge Curriculum’ from https://www.focus-education.co.uk/blog/learning-challenge-curriculum-1/
The curriculum is built around the principle of allowing a greater pupil autonomy in their learning. It recognises the importance of deeper levels of knowledge and understanding to underpin pupils’ thinking, promoting working at greater depth.
The Learning Challenge Curriculum is built around deep thinking and encourages pupils to learn using a question as a starting point.
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.
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 are using Accelerated Reader in Y5 and Y6
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 Challenge 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.
Our Curriculum Policy can be found here
If you require any more information please contact Mr Briggs.
Termly Overview and Knowledge Organisers
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.