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Alderbury and West Grimstead Church of England Primary School

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Curriculum

What does your child learn at school each day?

 

Our Curriculum

At AWGS, we are passionate about learning and have designed an ambitious, broad and balanced curriculum, building our children’s knowledge and skills, developing their creative thinking and promoting independence.  Through rich, meaningful and diverse learning experiences, we aim to capture our children’s thirst for knowledge and develop their lifelong learning competencies.

 

All subjects of the Primary National Curriculum are taught across the school, with dedicated staff using well-differentiated quality first teaching methods and providing opportunities for meeting the learning and developmental needs of all our pupils.  Our curriculum encompasses all that we do at AWGS and also fosters strong links with pupils’ lives outside of school.  Learning at AWGS nurtures individuals, developing their characters, social and emotional skills and understanding of the wider world. 

 

Our inclusive curriculum is designed around ‘concepts’ which we explore using cross-curricular enquiry questions. Meaningful and inspiring ‘hooks’ are used to excite children about their learning and we seek to engage pupils in projects with real-life outcomes.  Parents will often be invited to exhibitions and other events to celebrate learning at the end of a project!

 

Our Concepts:

Adversity 

Creativity 

Generosity 

Oppression 

Service 

Beauty 

Democracy 

Gratitude 

Passion 

Spirituality 

Belief 

Dignity 

Happiness 

Peace 

Stewardship 

Belonging 

Discrimination 

Hope 

Perseverance 

Strength 

Care 

Diversity 

Identity 

Poverty 

Sustainability 

Change 

Dreams 

Individuality 

Power 

Thankfulness 

Choice 

Duty 

Influence 

Prejudice 

Tradition 

Class 

Equality 

Integration 

Pride 

Transformation 

Cohesion 

Failure 

Joy 

Protest 

Trust 

Common Good 

Fairness 

Judgement 

Reform 

Truth 

Community 

Faith 

Justice 

Resilience 

Value 

Compassion 

Fear 

Kindness 

Respect 

Virtue 

Conflict 

Forgiveness 

Love 

Responsibility 

Weakness 

Consent 

Free Will 

Loyalty 

Rights 

Wealth 

Consequences 

Freedom 

Media 

Sacrifice 

Well-Being 

Courage 

Friendship 

Morality 

Segregation 

Wisdom 

 

A love of learning is our greatest aspiration for all our children. Consequently, ‘learning to learn’ skills are embedded throughout our curriculum.  From Year R to Year 6, our children develop the 4Rs: resilience, reflectiveness, responsiveness and resourcefulness.

 

Phonics & Early Reading

At AWGS, we aim to develop confident readers who have a love of books from the very outset.

 

We teach Phonics using the Song of Sounds, which is based on the DfE Letters and Sounds programme - the song is available on our video resource centre, if you would like to sing-a-long at home!

 

We use Dandelion Readers and Collins Big Cat books, to support our phonics and reading programme.

 

Maths

We follow the DfE approved “Power Maths” scheme throughout the school from Year R to Year 6.

 

Handwriting

We encourage all children to use a neat cursive script and you can access resources to support this from home here. 

 

If you need more information...

You will find further, in-depth information about the curriculum for each year group in the links below and on the class pages.  However, if you require further details, please contact your child's class teacher in the first instance.

 

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