Curriculum

The curriculum is all the planned activities that we organise in order to promote learning and personal growth and development. It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also a range of other activities that the school organises in order to enrich the experience of the children. It also includes the ‘hidden curriculum’, or what the children learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave.

We aim to teach children how to grow into positive, responsible people, who can work and co-operate with others while developing knowledge and skills, so that they achieve their full potential.

At Ash Green, we have used the National Curriculum to develop an enquiry-based curriculum for our children, which we call our ‘Learning Challenge’ curriculum.

Underpinning our curriculum are our values:

Value

What does it mean for Ash Green?

Brave

‘Not scared to have a go’.

Creative

‘Thinking outside the box with a bright idea’.

Caring

‘Being kind and being a good friend’.
Humble

‘Not showing off and being honest’.

Inquisitive

‘Having ideas and asking questions’.

Independent

‘Taking control of your own learning’.

 

Intention of our curriculum:

For children to have a thirst for knowledge, confidence to learn new skills, a critical mind to think about ideas and consider different viewpoints and a curiosity and wonder about the world we live in.

Our curriculum design is based on a knowledge enhanced approach where we ensure that children achieve both knowledge and skills. We use a book based, cross curricular approach which provides children with a ‘hook for learning’.

 

Curriculum entitlement and implementation:

  • A termly focus on a key novel that is the ‘pivot’ for all cross curricular learning
  • Experience of a range of texts to enrich learning and a love of reading
  • Key drivers that underpin cross curricular learning:  exploring our world, understanding our world, expressing our ideas and being active in our world.
  • Maths teaching that incorporates mental maths, fluency, problem solving and reasoning
  • Enquiry based Science curriculum
  • Our ‘Learning Challenge ‘curriculum with children devising own lines of enquiry for our termly topics
  • An active physical education with a range of opportunities in school and in extracurricular clubs

 

Some of our key experiences…this list is not exhaustive!

  • ‘Stunning starts, marvellous middles, fantastic finishes’
  • ’50 memories to keep’ activities
  • Visits out of school and visitors in to school
  • Science Week
  • Enterprise Week
  • International Week
  • Clay Week
  • Children’s Shakespeare Festival
  • Young Voices
  • Sports Events, local and city
  • Fundraising events for charities
  • Ceramics Project

 

Impact

We measure impact by:

  • Knowing in depth the progression of skills and knowledge for our children through our monitoring by subject leaders and senior leaders
  • Having conversations about learning and learning experiences with all members of our community
  • Sharing our learning with and learning from others in different schools in our Trust and beyond