Our Curriculum reflects our community and what we know about our learners … not just a National Curriculum but an ACE Curriculum.
At Allerton CE Primary, we work towards a world where we live, learn and flourish.
We will achieve this by developing children to have helping hands, an enquiring mind, an open heart, a resilient spirit, a sense of wonder and to take responsible steps.
We are driven by our values of faith, community, inspiration and action.
Our Intention is to encourage children to develop positive relationships, self-confidence and a sense of purpose through their love of themselves and of learning.
- An ACE child has an enquiring mind
- An ACE child has an open heart
- An ACE child has a resilient spirit
- An ACE child takes responsible steps
- An ACE child has helping hands
- An ACE child has a sense of wonder.
Subject Progression Documents
‘Development Matters’ and the ‘National Curriculum’, along with best practice guidance and training, define the key subject specific knowledge we want our children to learn.
We have high expectations for all our pupils, providing them with a well structured, enhanced curriculum where they have a huge array of opportunities. We want our children to view themselves as:
- ACE Readers
- ACE Writers
- ACE Mathematicians
- ACE Geographers
- ACE Scientists
- ACE Historians
- ACE Worshippers
- ACE Athletes
- ACE Linguists
- ACE Cooks
- ACE Programmers
- ACE Artists
- ACE Designers
- ACE Musicians
- And Safe ACEs
to take ownership of their learning, and develop these specific skills and attributes for life. Subject progression documents break down key knowledge and skills, concisely and sequentially, that they need in order to be knowledgeable in these areas.
Subject progression documents focus on subject specific knowledge children will need to retain and recall, and the skills and strategies needed to manipulate this new information for a specific task, providing a learning pathway which starts at EYFS and ends in Year 6. A clear progression of deepening skills sets, and a greater bank of subject specific knowledge is clearly outlined which build on previous learning.
Long term Plans (LTP)
Our Long Term Plans draw together key year group specific knowledge and connect it with the core values which we want our children to develop. The long term plan is the first stage in curating the ‘topic’ which will be expanded in the Medium term planning. The LTP highlights key learning as defined by the subject progression documents and should show skills becoming more complex or embed throughout the year.
- Visible Learning: Skills and strategies linked to the understanding of ‘learning’ itself. Children will start to unpick themselves are effective learners through meta-cognition and self-regulation strategies planned into specific points along their learning journey. Details of this are explained in our Visible Learning Handbook.
- Skill for Life (Wellbeing): Skills that will support children to understand how to deal with the challenges of modern day life. These are usually connected to topic knowledge, for example linking bereavement with Events in World War II
- Christian Values: explaining the definition of key values for Christians and linking these to other areas of learning and their experience.
Each Medium Term plan with start with an outcome that will be celebrated at the end of the term. With the outcome in mind, teaching staff will look at breaking this outcome down into weekly foci. Lead subjects will take priority with linking subjects coming after. Learning foci will be clearly defined with subject specific knowledge and skills.
Where a subject doesn’t fit into the topic in is viewed as ‘Important Luggage’ and will require its own discrete medium term plan. Once learning has been organised weekly, teaching staff will need to deliver an experience which will ignite or hook the learner.
We will measure the impact of the curriculum a number of ways:
- Termly teacher assessment (For Reading, Writing, Maths and Science)
- Pre and post units assessment grids (based on Knowledge Organisers)
- Presentations/ celebrations and published work
- Engagement rankings ( for Visible Learning and SMSC)
- Have a go tasks (cold assessment)
- Low stake quizzes
- Pupil interview (based on targeted questions)
- Staff feedback
- Time Reponses (TT RockStars, stamina tasks)
- Progress measures
Year Group Long Term Plans
We want our children to leave Allerton CE Primary with a love of words, the ability to manipulate them into different genres, a tool to express who they are and what they stand for and a means to communicate effectively. Therefore, hooking our children with purposeful writing opportunities is essential, as is modelling from the outset so that children build up the repertoire required for different genres. In order to do this, talk for writing is essential as is oral story telling. Through exposure to language rich texts, visual literacy, drama and real life experiences, our children will have the chance to imitate, innovate and finally create their independent writes in poetry, narrative and non-narrative. These will be built up on year by year so that by the time they leave us in year 6 they are confident authors, journalists, commentators, poets and playwrights!
How we Read at Allerton CE
At ACE we want all children to be a reader by the time they finish key stage 1. Reading enables children to access all areas of the curriculum and removes a lot of potential barriers to learning. A child who reads regulary will become a confident reader and writer.
The main way that we teach children to read is through synthetic phonics. There are lots of different schemes available to schools to use to teach their phonics and here at Allerton CE Primary School we have heavily invested in a programme called Read Write Inc. The reason we did this was because of a document called ‘Reading by six: how the best school do it.’ Over half of the school featured in this Ofsted report used the Read Write Inc scheme to teach their phonics and reading. The great thing with RWI is that it also teaches the writing.
RWI teaches children how to read sounds and the letter that represents each of these sounds (phonemes and graphemes) and then teaches children how to blend these sounds together in order to read a word. These are known as ‘green’ words. Some words cannot be sounded out, these are known as ‘red’ words and we just have to learn them by sight.
Children from our Early Years Foundation Stage to Year 2 are on the RWI phonics programme, with our aim being for the children to have finished the programme by the middle of year 2 and be ready to start the RWI comprehension programme. Children in Nursery are also introduced to some of the simple sounds and do oral blending activities or Fred talk.
Children are assessed according to their reading ability every half term and grouped so they can be taught in groups that are all learning at the same level. RWI takes place on a Monday to Wednesday from 9.15am till 10.15am. This is why it is important that they are in school and on time every day. A new sound will be taught every day and then different reading activities, building confidence with a text over time and increasing fluency and expression. Children also develop the ability to answer comprehension questions from a text and work in pairs so they are all joining in. Children thoroughly enjoy the RWI sessions.
At Allerton CE Primary School, we strive for all pupils to develop a passion, knowledge and understanding of mathematics. Children are able to grow into confident, creative, mathematicians, who flourish in their learning, making links between taught concepts and Maths in everyday life.
At Allerton C of E Primary School we use the pupils’ natural curiosity to ask questions, investigate and demonstrate the attitudes of scientific working. Our planning ensures coverage of the scientific knowledge prescribed in the National Curriculum, and practise of the skills required to work as a scientist.
We teach children to communicate ideas using appropriate scientific language and how to evaluate their findings and suggest explanations. We also find learning opportunities to improve our Maths and English skills through our scientific work.
We celebrate and enjoy Science through practical investigations, an annual Science Week and also make good use of our excellent school environment, local High School laboratories, parents who share their expertise, and resources further afield such as trips by all year groups. Year 6 attend scientific events at Leeds University to both increase aspirations and introduce the possibility of careers in the Sciences.
- Art and Design
Art and Design
We want our pupils to leave Allerton CE Primary with an appreciation, enjoyment and love for the arts; the skills necessary to confidently and creatively express a subject in the media of their choice; and a vocabulary to communicate what they see, feel and think – including the successes and challenges experienced along their creative learning journey. Increased self-belief and confidence, enjoyment and attainment are the outcomes and are celebrated through performance, display and pupil voice.
At ACE we teach Computing in order to help our children to become digitally literate and to be able to take part effectively and confidently in an online world. We teach them to be safe, capable, creative and happy digital citizens, able to use all technologies independently and collaboratively, ready for the future.
- Design and Technology
Design and Technology
We want our pupils to leave Allerton CE Primary as independent and creative problem solvers who imaginatively engage with the wealth of past and present design and technology. Pupils learn to work both collaboratively and independently to design, create and evaluate a wide range of products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts.
As designers, pupils learn to consider their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They become increasingly reflective learners who are prepared to adapt their ideas and designs and critically evaluate their finished products. Moreover, through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. The Design and Technology curriculum enables children to gain the skills that equip them to deal with a rapidly changing world, learning how to take risks and becoming resourceful, innovative and successful citizens.
Cooking at Allerton CE Primary
We aim to provide pupils with regular opportunities to create a wide range of healthy dishes. By developing pupils’ knowledge of how to prepare, cook and combine different ingredients and simultaneously providing them with the practical skills to follow different recipes, we aim to ensure that all pupils leave school with the ability to feed themselves and others, both affordably and well. Work is either done in the classroom or in our industrial spec Cafe.
At Allerton C of E Primary School, we aim for children to develop a love of language learning from an early age. Learning languages can have beneficial effects on monolingual children’s awareness of languages and enhances their natural curiosity. Commencing in Early Years Foundation Stage and KS1, children have exposure to language lessons and develop some cultural awareness. In Key Stage 2, a regular programme of study is followed whereby Spanish is taught in years 3 and 4, and French is taught in years 4 and 5. Such ‘priming’ can then lead to an enhanced readiness to learn other languages at a later stage and can help foster positive attitudes towards other languages and cultures.
At Allerton C of E Primary school we aim for children to develop a good knowledge and understanding of the world through our well planned and engaging geography curriculum. They will study a variety of areas around the world, including where we live, comparing human and physical features and developing an understanding of how different places are. We will also equip them with the skills to be able to use atlases, maps and globes to increase their locational knowledge. Children will develop the skills to question and discuss environmental issues that are happening around the globe and come up with solutions for this. The Geography curriculum will allow children to become more informed about the world in which they live.
At Allerton C of E Primary school a high quality History education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It will inspire children’s curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching at Allerton C of E should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.
At Allerton Church of England Primary School, music is an important ingredient in the children’s education. Music is a unique and powerful form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. It combines creativity with emotion, enabling, personal expression, reflection and development. Our children are able to develop skills in listening, composition and performance. Music also plays a great part in our collective worship. Our children are given the chance to perform in concerts, plays, carol services, and class assemblies. We aim to give every child the opportunity to participate in a structured scheme of musical experience and develop at their own pace, no matter what their age or ability in order to give each individual child a sense of personal achievement thus developing confidence and a sense of community.
We employ music specialists to deliver Steel Pan teaching to Year 4 and Curriculum teaching to classes in Key Stage 2, whilst developing teachers own skills.
- Physical Education
At Allerton C of E Primary School we want pupils to learn to enjoy and thrive in a sporting environment. Pupils develop physical competence and confidence and are given opportunities to be physically educated and become physically literate. Physical education provides pupils with the opportunity to be creative, competitive and face up to different challenges as individuals and in groups and teams. It promotes positive attitudes towards a healthy and active lifestyle. Pupils learn how to think in different ways and make decisions in response to creative, competitive and challenging activities. They learn how to reflect on their performance, plan, perform and evaluate actions, ideas and performances to improve the quality of their work.
- Religious Educaton
At Allerton CE Primary school we aim for pupils to have a core understanding of different religions that make up our local society and the wider world. At the heart of this, children develop: core knowledge through an enquiry-led curriculum, the skills to reflect on key questions, make links and allow children to connect with individual and societal concerns…. and embrace controversy and complexity through reasoned argument. We are a multi-faith school and offer a rich and varied curriculum to reflect this whilst maintaining our distinct Christian character.
At Allerton C of E Primary School, Religious Education is taught in accordance with the Leeds Agreed Syllabus and reflects the distinctive and inclusive ethos of our Anglican foundation. Religious Education is a core component of the basic curriculum, to be taught alongside the National Curriculum in all maintained schools. The purpose of religious education is to enable children to learn about religions and to learn from religion. ‘Understanding Christianity’ is a resource used in school in addition to the Leeds Agreed Syllabus to provide an enhanced RE curriculum for the teaching of Christianity.
At Allerton CE Primary School it is our aim for pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active and responsible citizens. We provide children with a wealth of opportunities in order to reach this aim and are passionate about the happiness, health and wellbeing of our pupils.
Personal, social and health education (PSHE) and citizenship offers planned learning opportunities to:
- explore values, attitudes and beliefs
- develop knowledge and understanding
- develop a range of skills such as decision-making; problem-solving; communication; inter-personal skills; and how to cope with peer pressure and bullying
- develop the social and emotional aspects of learning: Self-awareness; Managing feelings; Empathy; Motivation and Social skills
- reflect on current life experiences and prepare for the future.