Our curriculum at Alderman Bolton Primary School follows both the Statutory requirements set out by the government whilst addressing the needs and interests of our children to enjoy and have a purposeful experience in their learning.
What do we teach within our curriculum?
We teach the content as set out in the National Curriculum and this document can be found at www.education.gov.uk/schools/teachingandlearning/curriculum/primary
As well as delivering some subjects separately, we try to make learning more relevant by teaching topics that focus around a central learning concept. Our curriculum is also flexible, so that learning which really inspires our children can be pursued. We promote a curriculum that is infused by British Values and the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our children.
Our Curriculum Vision
Through our Alderman Bolton Curriculum our children will experience memorable and relevant opportunities for progressive, high quality learning and wider personal development and well- being. By fostering a curriculum which provides both skills and knowledge, both indoors and outdoors, our children will be inspired by what they learn, be creative in their application and be passionate about their learning community and the wider world, now and in the future.
The way in which we deliver our curriculum is unique to our school and has been designed to meet the individual needs and to inspire our pupils. The Alderman Bolton Curriculum is based around high quality, engaging texts and the children’s own questions about the topic and interests to drive their learning forward.
Our Curriculum gives children opportunities to learn, build on and develop new skills, concepts and knowledge. Children experience a wide range of subjects and activities that allow them to explore different topics and learning styles in detail. These are all “held together” by concepts.
Please note that this planning is an outline guide and is subject to change depending on the engagement and level of interest of the children, the progress they make and their achievement of the subject knowledge and skills. There is a degree of flexibility which ensures there is an aspect of personalised learning for all children.
Our aim is to develop inquisitive minds, a spirit of curiosity and a passion for learning. Our children will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to fully participate in an ever changing world and to be respectful and productive members of the community. The children at Alderman Bolton will be encouraged to have high expectations and self- belief to enable them to fulfill their potential. Our curriculum is designed to be remembered, understood in detail, stored in long term memory so that it can be later built on. Our curriculum plan maps key concepts and frames well chosen, powerful knowledge, with transferable vocabulary and skills that deepen and ensures enduring understanding. In foundation subjects, each unit of work will come with its own “knowledge organiser”. These knowledge organisers contain the non-negotiable facts that will be taught throughout a topic.
We welcome parental involvement to extend children’s learning outside of the classroom, but we advise you to check with your child’s class teacher on a regular basis to ensure you are up to date with your children’s current topic and concepts. If you want to know more or have any questions, then please feel free to discuss this with your child’s class teacher. Parents will also be able to see their child’s current knowledge organisers in their homework books and online.
The National Curriculum is composed of:
- Design & Technology
- Art & Design
- Physical Education
- Modern Foreign Languages
- PSHE (including Sex Education and Relationships)
More time is given to the teaching and learning of the core subjects of the National Curriculum than to the delivery of the foundation subjects, Religious Education or the additional subjects.
English & Mathematics
The school ensures that these areas of the curriculum are soundly taught. Skills relevant to English and Mathematics cut across the whole curriculum and thus receive frequent practise. Through thorough planning, exciting resources and good teaching, children are encouraged to find learning fun. There is positive liaison between class teachers to provide consistency and continuity of work between classes. Homework plays an important part in the school strategies to keep standards high in these two areas.
Core skills of speaking and listening, reading and writing are given very strong emphasis in school and are practised frequently across the curriculum. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know.
Maths lessons are based around the aims of fluency, mathematical reasoning and problem solving with a particular emphasis on fluency that blend of conceptual understanding and procedural flexibility.
Work is planned to meet the needs of each child and is delivered according to their ability. Some children need clearly defined programmes of work monitored closely by an adult in either a one to one or small group situation.
Other children will be expected to conduct their own research using library and computer skills.
The curriculum is organised to ensure complete coverage for each child as he/she passes through the school. This is achieved through thorough daily, short, medium and long term planning.
Boys and girls are taught in a variety of ways:
- One to one
- Small groups
- Whole class
Encouragement is given to work hard and achieve potential. The opportunity is always there for a child to progress at their own rate and pace.
What is the National Curriculum?
State schools in England must teach a range of subjects according to targets set by the National Curriculum. This was established in 1989 to ensure the same standards of teaching and learning across the nation.
The National Curriculum covers learning for all children aged 5-16 in state schools, and sets out:
- Which subjects should be taught
- The knowledge, skills and understanding your child should achieve in each subject (according to your child’s age)
- Targets - so teachers can measure how well your child is doing in each subject
- How information on your child’s progress should be passed on to you.
Any additional information regarding the school curriculum can be requested at the school office.