At Abbeys, we believe that all children are entitled to a curriculum that enables them to learn about the world they live in now, the world and how it has changed over time and that prepares them for the world they will become part of as adults, whatever the future may hold for them. We enrich our curriculum with as many purposeful opportunities as we can, including trips, visitors, workshops and practical learning activities, with the aim to provide a range of experiences throughout the school.
Our school motto - AIM, ASPIRE, ACHIEVE is evident in all that we do and at the heart of our curriculum. In addition to this, we have 11 key values- one for every month of the academic calendar. These are aspiration, respect, resilience, kindness, independence, relationships, patience, honesty, perseverance, co-operation and pride. These values underpin our curriculum and our work.
In Early Years/ Foundation stage, children are provided with a curriculum that supports them to develop the seven areas of learning in line with statutory requirements. These areas are separated into the three prime areas (Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development and Communication and Language) and four specific areas (Literacy, Maths, Understanding the World and Expressive Art and Design). The children learn through a range of play-based and adult-led activities inside and outside, using engaging curriculum themes.
In Key stage one and two the children are separated into three phases across the school, Year 1 and 2, Year 3 and 4 and Year 5 and 6. Each year group has carefully chosen topic themes spread over a two-year cycle. We ensure that we teach the statutory requirements for each subject and year group, whilst also providing topics that are creative, imaginative and lead to a high standard of learning. Our topics build on prior learning and prepare pupils for their next stage, as they are carefully sequenced. We use a range of resources to supplement our curriculum including Whiterose maths, Purple mash, TTRockstars and Oxford reading buddy.
Phonics- As part of Literacy, we use the Read Write Inc phonics scheme in Foundation Stage, and through to Key Stage 2 if required. All staff are trained to ensure the consistent delivery of phonics in small groups.