Through our curriculum, our children will develop an increasing repertoire of skills and explore concepts via enquiry-based questioning. There will be strong emphasis on knowledge and vocabulary acquisition in each aspect of learning. This increasingly sophisticated knowledge base will enable children to make connections across individual subjects and the whole curriculum to lead future learning. We will promote imagination, communication, creativity, ingenuity. We will install acceptance of making mistakes as a means of developing resilience - all inventive ideas failed numerous times until they didn't.
In addition to the formal curriculum, we provide extensive opportunities for extra-curricular activities to enable our children to enhance their existing skills and interests, whilst giving them new experiences and encouraging competition and good sportsmanship. Pupils are regularly encouraged to think about the importance of leading active and healthy lifestyles and the school endeavours to facilitate this.
Our core curriculum design will enable pupils to:
Our technology curriculum design will enable pupils to:
aspire to be future scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs by demonstrating a passion for science and its application in past, present and future technologies
Our humanities and creative curriculum design will enable pupils to:
Our community action curriculum design will enable pupils to:
Further information about our curriculum may be obtained by either contacting the school office or by speaking to your child's class teacher.
Click on the link below to go to the DfE website, where you can find out more about the National Curriculum.
CLICK HERE to take you to our year groups' pages for more specific information about each subject.
We aim to ensure that our curriculum is accessible for all SEND pupils. For further information about SEND and to see our Equality Plan, please use the links below.
We want our children to be confident, creative and reflective young artists. Art is taught through cross curricular and topic based lessons, allowing our pupils to gain a broader view of the topic being studied. Children are taught about great artists and designers through history which allows them to explore the techniques of artists such as Van Gogh, Cezanne and Kandinsky. Pupils in KS1 and KS2 also have the opportunity to take part in art exhibitions where their artwork is displayed and celebrated. We are very proud of our Artsmark Silver Award which shows our dedication to teaching the arts.
As part of art lessons, pupils draw, paint and sculpt as well as having the opportunity to use and develop other art and craft techniques. We want our pupils to develop and master their techniques so we encourage children to practise a particular skill over a series a lessons. This gives children the opportunity to critique and evaluate their work with their peers thus increasing not only artistic, but also personal progression.
Computing within Athelstan teaches pupils to use computational thinking and creativity in order to understand and change the world. Each pupil builds upon and develops their confidence, knowledge and expertise with a wide variety of technology. Computing is taught through a scheme of work called Purple Mash. The Purple Mash Computing Scheme of Work is a comprehensive set of resources aligned to the National Curricula for Computing, Technology and Digital Competence. Pupils are taught the fundamental principles of how computers work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. They build upon their knowledge and understanding throughout each year to create programs, systems and a range of content. Our aim is to provide pupils with a level of expertise which forms the foundation of furthering their computing knowledge at secondary school.
We recognise the importance of teaching our children about online safety and their responsibilities when using communication technology. Athelstan delivers a safe online environment with restricted content and filtered internet access to ensure children receive appropriate content. User agreements are signed by children each year to promote safe and sensible use with technology.
DT allows our pupils to use their creativity and imagination to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. We teach our pupils to take risks, in order to become resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. 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 skills required for DT are spread across each year group ensuring that children experience and gain knowledge in a variety of skills, techniques and exciting projects throughout their time at school. DT is taught weekly every other half term and includes one food technology project per year. The school uses the Projects on a Page scheme of work from the Design and Technology Association (DATA).
Writing is an important part of our daily curriculum, from Reception to Year 6; our aim is to foster a vibrant community of writers who can communicate their ideas in a variety of different ways. All children are encouraged to develop a love for writing and have the opportunity to write in a wide variety of genres and for a range of purposes. Each writing unit starts with a stimulus or creative hook to engage children. They then follow a structure of planning, drafting, editing and publishing their writing. In addition to English lessons, children are also taught discrete spelling, punctuation and grammar to support and enhance their writing. Spelling is taught using Read Write Inc.
It is important as children enter a global world that they have an understanding of the world around them. Our geography lessons aim to promote the understanding of the physical world and the impact humans have on the environment. Children develop an understanding of different places and locations around the world as well as developing their field work skills through outside investigations, both within the locality and further afield.
All children are encouraged to take pride in their handwriting and presentation of their work. Pupils are taught handwriting discretely at specific times throughout the week to ensure that they learn to join their writing neatly and consistently. In Foundation Stage and KS1, it also forms part of the daily RWInc lesson. There is an opportunity to gain a pen licence when the class teacher is satisfied that all writing work is of a high standard.
We use the Historical Association's scheme of work for primary history.
In Key Stage 1, we teach children the basics of history put into the context of their own lives, including changes within living memory and those which are not. Pupils are also taught to be aware of the history of their local surroundings as well as finding out about different important figures in history.
In Key Stage 2, we look further back in history, right back to the stone-age and the foundations of different civilisations, including those in different parts of the world such as ancient Egypt and Greece. Our history learning is enquired based and we consider and evaluate a range of historical sources to enable our children to learn about the past.
Every child takes part in a Maths lesson four times a week, which follows the new Primary Curriculum; this is taught using the AET scheme of work. In KS2, we deliver this scheme of work through a process called A-Maths. Here, the children practise and apply a mathematical skill, before having the opportunity to solve problems using reasoning. Mastery tasks are used to enhance and consolidate learning within the maths lesson. Click below to see the AET scheme of work.
In addition to this, times tables and mental arithmetic is practised daily. Hands-on resources are available for children to use to support their learning, particularly with the more formal methods of calculation now being taught. Pupils use Times Table Rockstars and Numbots to support their learning in maths which can be used at home using their login details.
We use PiXL methodology and resources to address any gaps in learning in Years 2 to 6, which sometimes involve short adult-led interventions in the afternoon.
Throughout Reception and KS1, practical work with mathematical equipment is a main feature of teaching and learning. In Reception and Year 1, maths is taught four times per week through whole-class teacher input followed by adult-led small group work. Maths enhancement activities and resources are available in the classroom and the shared area for children to access as they choose. In Year 2, maths is taught four times per week through whole-class teacher input followed by a whole-class activity. Children are streamed into ability groups after October half-term. In the summer term, the A-maths methodology is introduced to prepare children for KS2. Numbots is used to support learning in Year 1 and Year 2. Times Tables Rockstars is introduced in Year 2 to support learning times tables.
Throughout the school the children are learning to speak Spanish. These lessons take place weekly, during which the children learn to count and exchange simple phrases. We also celebrate Spanish as a community by learning simple phrases to use within of our everyday lives and by holding Spanish-themed days. We employ a dedicated Spanish Teacher who works alongside our own teachers in various year groups each half term. The school uses the Linguascope scheme of work to support the teaching of Spanish.
As a school, we use Charanga Musical School Scheme which provides teachers with week by week lesson support for each year group. It is ideal for specialist and non-specialist teachers and provides lesson plans, assessment, clear progression, and engaging and exciting whiteboard resources to support every lesson. The scheme supports all of the requirements of the new National Curriculum. It moves away from the previous levels and learning objectives/outcome concepts to an integrated, practical, exploratory and child-led approach to musical teaching.
The annual Y6 musical production at the Montgomery Theatre is a highlight of our school year.
Children also have the opportunity to take up private music tuition in guitar and piano if they wish.
At Athelstan, PE is taught discretely throughout the school from spring term in Foundation up to Year 6. Children in KS1 and KS2 have two timetabled PE sessions each week – one indoor and one outdoor. In Foundation, children access PE as part of their continuous provision throughout the year but also have one discrete lesson each week from the spring term.
In years 1 to 6, children build on the core skills developed in Foundation and are taught gymnastics, dance, invasion games, striking and fielding, orienteering and athletics. The school uses the Get Set 4 PE scheme of work but also employs a Yoga teacher, who works with each year group in KS1 and KS2 for half a term. In addition to weekly PE lessons, all children also take part in the daily mile walk/run and Fit Spurts within their classroom, to provide a healthy, active lifestyle. At Athelstan, we promote healthy competition and partake in many sporting events, frequently competing against local schools.
We use the Sheffield Primary scheme of work for RSHE. The scheme has recurring pedagogical themes that are used throughout: high quality stimuli, discussion, flexibility, diversity and inclusion. The six half-termly units are designed so the whole school can study the same learning themes at the same time, each year group at its own level. Units are sequential and developmental throughout each key stage and cover six basic themes;
Our aim is to teach the children the skills to become successful members of a global community which celebrates diversity and recognises the foundations of British Values. Towards the end of Key Stage 2, the children are offered the opportunity to attend a residential visit at Manor Adventure, developing their independence and social skills. They are also able to take part in a Crucial Crew trip which explores morality with sessions including drugs and alcohol awareness, run by members of the emergency services and councillors. Within school, children are also given the opportunity to participate in team-building and social skills groups with our Pupil Support Assistant.
RE is taught across the school using the ‘Discovery RE’ scheme of work. It is an enquiry-based scheme which involves children investigating, exploring and answering an enquiry question each half term about the religion they are learning about. Christianity is taught in every year group, with Christmas and Easter given new treatment each year, developing the learning in a progressive way. Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism are also covered. Humanist perspectives are added when appropriate in some enquiries. There are regular opportunities for the development of SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural), mindfulness and links to British Values throughout the scheme.
In our school, we believe that children become better scientists through investigation, which stimulates and excites children to develop a love for the subject. We use an enquiry-based curriculum with a strong focus on scientific vocabulary and skills. We encourage children to ask questions to further their investigations. The outdoor areas are incorporated within science teaching and learning to allow children to make links to the real world. The children are encouraged to explore their theories and predictions, recording them in a variety of ways. We also have a number of Upper KS2 Science Ambassadors who support one of our teachers to run a weekly after-school Science Club.