School Curriculum

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Our Curriculum 

In each year group you will find a curriculum overview, based on the new curriculum. This includes the themes/topics that your child will be covering over the year in every subject including core subjects of English, Maths and Science as well as Foundation Subjects Art & Design, Design Technology (including cooking) Geography, History, French, Computing, PE, RE and Music.

 NB. Year 2 and Year 6 will follow the New National Curriculum from September 2015. 

 

Curriculum Statement 2015/2016

Allerton Primary School and Nursery is a happy, safe and secure place to learn.

The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils including the development of understanding of modern British Values is intertwined with our school motto of SCARF (Safety, Caring, Achievement, Respect & Friendliness) that is threaded throughout the curriculum and pastoral work of the school to support all children to thrive academically and personally. The curriculum and life of the school develops character and inspires achievement with a strong emphasis on Maths and English.

We have a rich, relevant, broad and balanced curriculum which contributes exceptionally well to excellent attitudes to learning and has a very positive impact on the behaviour and safety of our pupils across school building a sense of belonging for all.

It is imaginative, creative and purposeful and meets the needs and interests of all our learners. It ensures they are well equipped for the next stage of their education and prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life in modern Britain.

It covers a wide range of subjects and provides opportunities for academic, creative, technical and sporting excellence.

We have high expectations that permeate every aspect of our work. Every child has the opportunity to experience success and recognition and 'See what is possible!'

We believe every child can achieve great things. We endeavour to include opportunities for pupils to grow in confidence and broaden their experiences through extensive clubs, visits, performances and links that are local, national and international.

So how does this all weave together and work?

The values and expectations of SCARF are threaded throughout all aspects of the curriculum. Pupils live our values every day and wear their SCARF with pride. They are values that will support our pupils throughout their life. Our pupils learn that SCARF is for everyone - adults and children alike - and we link this to the idea that the rule of law applies to everyone in a country.

Our vision and values are key to our highly successful Primary School.

 

Jenny Wilson

Head of Curriculum

 

 

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development including British Values

The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils including the development of understanding of modern British Values is intertwined with our school motto SCARF that is threaded throughout the curriculum and pastoral work of the school to support all children thrive academically and personally.

Spiritual development

The curriculum at Allerton is planned to build children’s capacity to imagine, reflect, create and enjoy the fascination of learning about themselves, others and the world around them. Learning to care about and respect for other peoples’ feelings, values, faith and belief is at the heart of our work and is planned into many areas of our curriculum especially English, RE, Geography, PSHCE, History and assembly.

Moral Development

We take every opportunity we can to equip our children to be thoughtful, active, caring citizens in school and wider society. The way we thread SCARF into pastoral and curriculum work supports our children to gain a deep understanding of right and wrong and the importance of values, morals and positive choices in life to keep themselves safe. Our curriculum continually offers opportunities to think and debate big questions in a considered way and show respect for other’s ideas and points of view.  

Social Development

We deliberately create a wide range of contexts for our children to work, collaborate and socialise with other children including our work on the Schools Linking programme, our clubs and the opportunities we create for children to support other children in school such as Paired Reading, Playground Friends. Our group of assembly visitors from a range of faiths model as a group friendliness and respect for individuality and diversity and the stories they share build values and social understanding.

Cultural Development

Over time our curriculum builds an authentic and meaningful understanding and appreciation of culture staring with themselves and others in school and extending beyond their own experience as an essential preparation for their future. Books, stories, educational visits and visitors and lessons across the curriculum foster this fascination in learning to understand and respect diversity locally, nationally, globally.

British Values

Democracy

Pupils at Allerton Primary School develop an early concept of democracy through the School Council, at which elected class members represent their peers. Pupil Voice has impacted visibly on recent school improvements such as the cooking kitchen, lunchtime routines and the development of playground activities. Pupils can see the influence of pupils' views on the school decision making process.

Pupils develop a first-hand understanding of British democratic processes in the course of their work on the Local Community, in which pupils visited City Hall and met the Lord Mayor.

Our Curriculum gives repeated opportunities for pupils to explore the concept of democracy, from Ancient Greece to different forms of Government in Past, Present and Future and even engaging in their own election. War time Germany, Suffragettes and Nelson Mandela's experiences in Apartheid South Africa raises awareness of periods in recent world history where democratic rights have been compromised and the impact this has had on the lives of individuals and groups in society.

Our pupils know their individual voice and opinions matter to us and that adults listen carefully to their ideas, thoughts and concerns. Children’s views impact on and shape our plans and we believe this builds their understanding of life in a democracy where everyone’s views count.

Rule of Law

SCARF represents our values of Safety, Caring, Achievement, Respect and Friendliness. Pupils live our values every day and wear our SCARF with pride. You can't always see it, but it is always there. School rules are clearly understood by pupils and are reinforced by SCARF and by a consistently applied whole school behaviour policy.

All pupils are involved in the negotiation of individual classroom rules at the start of each year, when the rationale behind rules is explored, along with a discussion of consequences in the event of rules not being observed. This process is reinforced in PSHCE lessons.  Our pupils learn that SCARF is for everyone – adults and children alike - and we link this to the idea that the rule of law applies to everyone in a country. 

 An appreciation of the rule of law in society is cultivated through visitors, eg community police workers, themed assemblies and curriculum work about Ancient Greece.

Individual Liberty

 The school ethos of SCARF reinforces the rights of all pupils to exist in a safe environment where they are free to learn.

PSHCE teaching develops an understanding of pupils' rights and the increasing entitlement to self-determination in their lives, linked to an awareness of the responsibility to respect the rights of others.

The curriculum allows the study of key historical events, for example during Black History Week and Remembrance Day Commemorations, develops an understanding of the preciousness of individual liberty and the sacrifices that have been made in its name. 

 

Respect for Diversity

Celebration of diversity is at the forefront of our curriculum, with pupils of all ages introduced to the richness and variety of world culture through our curriculum which develops an increasing respect for difference. Curriculum work is enriched by our themes on Ghana in Africa and school linking where we share cultural experiences with our pupils. 

The RE curriculum and assemblies introduce pupils to the beliefs and celebrations of different faith groups. Each week Leaders from the different faith groups take the assembly together with an approach that explores the commonality of human experiences alongside a respect for difference.  Through the curriculum we have established planned visits for each year group to visit different places of worships across the year. We also welcome visitors into school on a regular basis.

Our programme of residential visits includes Nell bank, Ingleborough Hall and London, which extends personal experience of the rich diversity of contemporary Britain, alongside repeated visits beyond the immediate vicinity of the school community of Allerton and Bradford.

 

M. Henry SMSC lead and J. Wilson Head of Curriculum

 

 

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