At Arden Grove we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum during the Nursery and Reception years. In Years 1 and 2 we then follow the National Curriculum (2014).
We strive to ensure our curriculum is broad, balanced and engaging for all of our children, giving everyone access to learning opportunities that will motivate, inspire and enable them to achieve in a safe and positive environment. The staff plan together effectively to ensure we are providing challenge and inclusivity by meeting the needs of all children. We provide a range of after school clubs including yoga, karate, singing and cooking with the aim of promoting health, well-being and resilience through the acquisition of new skills and encouraging children to take on new challenges.
We value the importance of enhancing our curriculum provision with exciting whole school experiences, including our Health Week, Big Arts Week and for Year 2 a visit to see a London Show and our How Hill residential.
Maths and English is taught daily. Opportunities to link other curriculum subjects for example history, geography, science, computing is done though topics, which change and will be based on the interests of the children and their contributions to the planning.
English is a core curriculum subject and includes speaking, listening, reading and writing. Our principle aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding across all these areas.
We use the Read, Write Inc scheme to teach English in Reception and Year 1. This teaches phonics in a lively and engaging way which encourages children to sound out and blend words quickly. Children benefit from daily Read Write Inc lessons which include elements of speaking and listening, reading and writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar. Year Two adapts the programme to allow the teaching of phonics to run alongside the teaching of English.
At Arden Grove we follow the standards outlined in the revised 2014 Mathematics Curriculum. We have daily maths lessons where children use a range of concrete and pictorial resources to ensure understanding of mathematical concepts including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. As the children develop their understanding, they use more abstract recording methods.
The physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. Children will develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. Children have access to 2 timetabled hours of P.E. each week. We also have an ever increasing range of clubs after school for children to access.
The Science curriculum is designed to help children acquire scientific knowledge and understanding through a variety of fun & interesting topics. The study of these areas helps develop the necessary scientific skills which include:
* Investigation, problem solving and ‘fair’ testing
* Scientific enquiry
* The development of a good basic scientific knowledge
* The ability to communicate and record results of their findings Through our science curriculum we aim to help children to develop a positive, caring attitude to the environment.
The gardens and wild areas in our grounds are used to enhance learning about the natural environment.
We believe that computing has a very vital role to play in this generation of young children. Technology already forms an important part of their lives and this role will be even greater in years to come. We follow the School’s Curriculum with the main elements of the National Curriculum which gives children experience in using technology. We use Purple Mash to teach much of the curriculum. We also use Purple Mash to complement home learning. Computing’s major themes are:
* Understanding and using algorithms (a set of instructions).
* Creating simple programs and solving any problems along the way (debugging).
* Using technology in a purposeful way to store and organise work.
* To use technology safely keeping personal information private and empowering the children to be safe on the internet.
When teaching History we begin in the very recent past, looking at the children’s very own history; their family experiences and photographs. We also focus on local changes. The use of historical artifacts and visits to local museums help children to understand how and why changes occur, including Norwich Castle in Year 1 to learn about castles and knights. We commemorate significant historical events and use stories from the past to help the pupils historical understanding. We enhance our curriculum with history days with a focus on key historical figures such as Kings and Queens.
The Geography curriculum provides the children with the opportunity to discuss and make sense of the human and natural world around them. The children study many different aspects of geography which include the area around our school and much further afield. Through these investigations children learn a variety of skills:
* The ability to ask and answer simple questions relating to their work
* An understanding of where places are located and why they are there
* Learning the importance of caring for the environment
* Skills such as reading simple maps and plans and recording their work
As part of our creative curriculum we aim to foster an understanding and enjoyment of art, throughout the school. In Art & Design lessons children are taught to represent in visual form what they observe, remember and imagine. They are encouraged to work practically and imaginatively with a variety of materials, tools and methods, exploring the elements of art and design, including colour mixing, texture, pattern and form in two and three dimensions.
Design and Technology
Design and Technology is taught as part of our creative curriculum in a cross curricular way linking to class themes. In Design and Technology, children are taught new skills and techniques as well as practising those learnt from other areas of the curriculum. These skills are then used creatively to design and make objects using a range of tools and materials. Children are encouraged to evaluate their finished work to see which elements were successful, and how they could improve their work.
At our school we make music an enjoyable learning experience. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build up the confidence of all children. Music is a creative and enjoyable activity. It also plays an important part in helping children feel part of our school community. We provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop the skills to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms. Whenever possible we arrange for visiting musicians to perform to the children, we are linked with the Theatre Royal gives and we have monthly live music assemblies where visiting musicians share a range of instruments & styles. Our Year 1 and Year 2 pupils can join our weekly Singing Stars club.
The Religious Education curriculum is taught in accordance with the new Norfolk Agreed Syllabus, a copy of which may be viewed at the school on request. The children are taught about religions of Christianity, Judaism and Hinduism, in a way that is appropriate to their age and level of understanding. They are taught to have respect for people’s beliefs. Assemblies provide opportunities for moral and spiritual development through the use of a variety of poems, stories, music and occasional visits from representatives of various religions. We have links with the local church & have visitors coming in to take assemblies as well as year groups having a chance to visit a place of worship. Parents have a right to withdraw their children from religious education and collective worship. Please talk to the Head teachers about alternative provision provided as this will depend on individual circumstances.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) is taught in the Foundation stage and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is taught in Key Stage 1. It is taught through a variety of ways and aims to encourage children to think about how to:
* Develop confidence
* Take responsibility
* Play an active role as citizens
* Develop and maintain a healthy and safe lifestyle
* Develop good relationships, understand our feelings and respect differences between people.
At Arden Grove we feel it is important that children learn about making good choices and we teach exciting and interesting lessons which inspire and encourage children to think about and discuss their feelings and viewpoints. Our ‘School Code’ promotes these values and encourages positive behaviour both at home and at school.
Further information about each curriculum area can be found in our school brochure. Copies can be obtained on request from the school office or downloaded from the website.