In September 2014 a new national curriculum was introduced. The Early Years Foundation Stage (for 3 to 5 year olds) has its own separate curriculum.
The national curriculum comprises eleven subjects: English, mathematics, science, art and design, computing, design technology, geography, history, languages, music and physical education. In addition, religious education is taught according to the local approved syllabus, and we also teach personal, social and health education (PSHCE).
Although the curriculum is set out in year groups or key stage phases, children do not all develop at the same rate and so the curriculum is in practice adjusted to make sure that it meets the needs of individuals. It includes opportunities for both revision and consolidation of previous learning, and extra challenge and extension to broaden and deepen understanding where children are secure in their learning.
As the introduction to the national curriculum explains, ‘The school curriculum comprises all learning and other experiences that each school plans for its pupils. The national curriculum forms one part of the school curriculum.
At Ashwell School we seek to provide a broad and rich curriculum which inspires a love of learning and stimulates children’s natural curiosity about the world. Classroom lessons are supplemented by a wealth of trips out of school, both to our local environment and further afield, by a range of visitors to the school and by special events, such as ‘Take One Picture Week’ ‘Maths Week’ and ‘Poetry Week’ which foster children’s creativity. The children take part in music and drama performances and sporting events, as well as having the opportunity to watch professional performances.
The curriculum offered by the school is sometimes adapted to exploit the educational opportunities provided by current events, such as the Olympics or the general election, and to build on children’s interests and talents.
At Ashwell School, we teach the foundation subjects using our Ashwell Learning Journey. This is a cross-curricular, topic based approach utilising opportunities for children to make links in their learning.
The curriculum is designed to develop well-rounded, confident, and considerate young people who are respectful and caring towards others and have a zest for learning.