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Curriculum

Curriculum Intent

Our intention is that our curriculum will enable us to ‘achieve together’.  To show resilience when trying new things, make mistakes and move out of their comfort zone and share success. 

Our curriculum goals are: 

  1. To provide a rich cultural capital
  2. To give pupils opportunity to practise and rehearse prior knowledge and skills  
  3. To improve pupil’s self-esteem and Mental Health by encouraging maximum participation in physical activities  
  4. To encourage all pupils to be confident readers and writers 

        Cultural Capital 

        Cultural capital is the background knowledge of the world pupils need to infer meaning from what they read.  It includes vocabulary, which in turn helps pupils to express themselves in a sophisticated and mature way. We aim to build up pupils’ schema; building on prior learning and memory, through the use of ‘knowledge organisers’ so that our pupils have a full understanding and skills for their next stage of learning, wherever that may be. 

        Coherently Planned Curriculum 

        Our curriculum sets out: 

        • A clear list of the breadth of topics to be covered 
        • Key concepts pupils should understand 
        • Criteria for progression, within each key concept 
        • Criteria for depth of understanding 
        • Clear assessment from pupils’ starting points so each child makes progress from their first day 

          Implementation 

          Our curriculum is delivered through high quality texts and topics.  The topics are the context for a series of lessons which run in 3 week blocks with a published written outcome. 

          We also deliver enrichment weeks where a particular aspect is a week-long focus.  These may range from Arts week, Multi-cultural week, Anti-Bullying Week and Science Week. 

          Our curriculum is about providing children with memorable experiences and inspiration to learn. We build learning experiences which excite, inspire and challenge pupils. This approach enables a sense of purpose which is deepened by participation, contribution and collaboration from all children. 

          Their published work is a reflection of the hard work and a celebration of their achievements.   

          We recognise the importance of sequenced and spaced learning, retrieval practice and developing links between concepts as the key to making learning ‘stick’. 

          Art and Design

          Our approach to art and design encourages children to be creative, inspired and challenged as well as to think critically.

          In Key Stage 1, pupils are taught to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products, developing a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.

          In Key Stage 2, pupils improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials and learn about great artists, architects and designers in history.

          Art and Design is often taught in a cross-curricular way, linking to topic work and includes works of famous artists as an inspiration.

          Design and Technology

          Encourages pupils to develop their practical skills whilst being creative and productive. Design and Technology work will focus on designing products, making products and evaluating them. Pupils will also learn fundamental skills of cooking, nutrition and hygiene.

          English

          English lessons at Alanbrooke consist of reading (word reading and comprehension), writing (spelling and handwriting and composition), grammar and punctuation and speaking and listening. In Early Years and Key Stage 1, phonics is also taught on a daily basis.

          Phonics

          Phonics is taught in groups across Early Years and KS1 in a lively fun, engaging and challenging way using the Read, Write Inc approach. The focus is on accuracy, fluency and comprehension and for pupils to hear sounds, blend and segmenting sounds to help aid reading and writing. This synthetic phonics approach is planned to meet the needs and abilities of all pupils.

          Spelling is linked to phonics and pupils are encouraged to ‘have a go’ at tricky and more challenging words.  When the pupils have mastered phonics, they move on to their age related Spelling Programme. Homework tasks include spelling activities.

          Reading

          At Alanbrooke we promote a positive culture of reading, using a language rich environment. We recognise that reading is the key to learning so we teach the basic reading skills of fluency to give pupils confidence, desire and ability to express their views and opinions. Books are used as a basis for learning, pleasure, talk and play so our pupils can value and celebrate diversity through reading.

          Whole class texts (fiction and non-fiction) are carefully selected to provide challenge for all. Reading lessons, tasks and materials are differentiated by the class teacher to meet the needs of the individual pupils so all can access high quality texts.

          Pupils have independent reading sessions regularly each week and guided reading through whole class lessons. They are encouraged to read a variety of texts and a large selection is available to them in class and in the school library.

          Writing

          Writing opportunities are part of daily lessons and pupils are encouraged to write for pleasure and for purpose. Shared and modelled writing takes place within English and also other curriculum areas. This allows the pupils to practise writing for a real purpose. Expectations are, that all pupils use a range of conventions in grammar to help convey meaning in their work. Pupils are given extended writing opportunities frequently. 

          English lessons are generally taught on a daily basis, but skills are also threaded through other subjects to encourage consolidation and transferring of skills.

          Geography

          We aim to develop a child’s geographical and historical understanding through engaging and meaningful topics. In Geography, children will gain an understanding of different locations (locally, nationally and internationally) as well as investigating human and physical geography.

          In History, children will gain an understanding of Britain’s past and the wider world. It should inspire children to know more about the past. In Key Stage 1, children are taught to consider changes within living memory and lives of significant individuals in the past. In Key Stage 2, children develop their sense and understanding of chronology through local, British and world history.

          ICT / Computer

          At Alanbrooke, we aim to give our learners the opportunity to gain knowledge and develop skills that will equip them for a rapidly changing digital world. Knowledge and understanding of computing is of immense importance for children’s future both at home and for employment. Our Computing curriculum focuses on a progression of skills in digital literacy, computer science, information technology and online safety to enable the children to become competent in safely using, as well as understanding, technology. These strands are revisited repeatedly using Purple Mash and other programmes during the children’s time in school to ensure the learning is embedded and skills are successfully developed. Our intention is that Computing also supports children’s learning and helps them to engage in the curriculum, while enriching their experiences in school.

          Maths

          We deliver maths lessons that are purposeful and engaging using mathematical manipulatives to support pupil’s independent learning.  Each block will be assessed, so any gaps in learning are identified immediately due to the high mobility of our military community. Pupils will be taught in depth to ensure a secure understanding.  We want children to make connections across mathematical conceptions using a metacognitive approach.  We want pupils to communicate mathematical learning using (CAP) concrete, pictorial and abstract representations. This will develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving sophisticated problems using rich mathematical vocabulary.  We want children to become ‘deep thinkers’ and apply the maths curriculum into real life.

          Music

          At Alanbrooke Primary 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. Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to sing in tune and with other people. Through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music. We teach them to listen and to appreciate different forms of music. As children get older, we expect them to maintain their concentration for longer and to listen to more extended pieces of music. Children develop descriptive skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent feelings and emotions. We teach them the disciplined skills of recognising pulse and pitch. Also, we teach the children how to work with others to compose music and perform for an audience.  At Alanbrooke we are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider military community, and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts

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          We are proud to have been involved with Sowerby Music Service for a number of years and have an annual performance and workshop from visiting professional musicians and performers.

          Personal ,Social, Health Education (PSHE)

          At Alanbrooke Community Primary School we aim to promote healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We encourage all pupils to play a positive role in contributing to school life and their wider community

          PSHE is taught across the school through circle time, assemblies (supported by Social, Emotional Aspects of Learning),  PSHE lessons, through community work and educational visits and trips and as part of the wider school curriculum. We believe that with a supportive and considerate environment, children are able to discuss issues relating to relationships, health and well-being and being a member of the wider world. We strongly feel that we need to equip children with a good level of empathy, understanding and key skills to become a confident member of society.

          (See also Personal Development document)

          ALANBROOKE PSHE

          Our PSHE curriculum content is selected carefully to ensure that we deliver knowledge and skills over a two year long term plan.  The progression is carefully constructed as our classes are mixed in a non-typical way.  We have ensured that through the 6 underlying themes over each year, concepts are revisited at different levels of understanding from emerging, advancing and deepening.  The RSE elements will be taught separately for each year group across school.  These are highlighted below.

           

          PSHE YEAR A
            Aut 1 Aut 2 Sp1 Sp2 Su1 Su2
          Being Me in My World Celebrating Differences Dreams and Goals Healthy Me Relationships Changing Me
          Rec/Y1 Self-identity Understanding feelings Being in a classroom

          Identifying talents

          Being special

          Making friends

          Challenges Perseverance Goal-setting

          Job

          Physical activity

          Keeping clean

          Safety

          Family life

          Breaking friendships

          Being a good friend

          Respecting my body

          Growth and change

          celebrations

          Feeling special and safe Being part of a class

          Rewards and feeling proud Consequences

          Similarities and differences

          Making new friends

          Setting goals Identifying successes and achievements

          Tackling new challenges

          Keeping clean

          Being safe

          Medicine safety/safety with household items Road safety

          Belonging to a family

          People who help us

          Being a good friend to myself

          Celebrating special relationships

           

          Life cycles animal and human

          Changes since being a baby

          Differences between female and male bodies (correct terminology)

          Coping with change

          Y2/3

          Hopes and fears for the year

          Rewards and consequences

          Recognising feelings

          Assumptions and stereotypes about gender

          Making new friends

          Celebrating difference and making new friends

          Achieving realistic goals Perseverance

          Motivation

          Relaxation

          Mental health

          Love and loss

          Power and control

          Technology safety

          Life cycles in nature

          Growing from young to old

          Preparing for transition

          Setting personal goals

          Self-identity and worth

          Rewards and consequences

          Seeing things from others’ perspectives

          Families and their differences

          Giving and receiving compliments

          Dreams and ambitions New challenges

          Motivation and enthusiasm

          Managing feelings

          Fitness challenges

          Attitudes towards drugs Keeping safe and why it’s important online and off line scenarios

          Respect for myself and others

          Family roles and responsibilities

          Being a global citizen

          Awareness of how other children have different lives

          How babies grow

          Outside body changes

          Challenging my ideas

          Y4/5/6

          Being part of a class team

          Rewards and consequences

          Having a voice

          What motivates behaviour

          Challenging assumptions

          Accepting self and others

          Problem solving

          First impressions

          Hopes and dreams Overcoming disappointment Creating new, realistic dreams

          Resilience Positive attitudes

          Healthier friendships Group dynamics

          Peer Pressure

          Jealousy

          Love and loss

          Showing appreciation to people and animals

          Having a baby

          Accepting change

          Preparing for transition

          Environmental change

          Planning the forthcoming year

          Rewards and consequences How behaviour affects groups Democracy, having a voice, participating

          Cultural differences and how they can cause conflict

          Racism

          Material wealth and happiness

          Enjoying and respecting other cultures

          Future dreams

          Goals in different cultures

          Motivation

          Emergency aid

          Body image

          Motivation and behaviour

          Self-recognition and self-worth

          Safer online communities

          Online gaming and gambling

          SMARRT internet safety rules

          Self and body image

          Puberty for girls

          Puberty for boys

          Conception including IVF

          Identifying goals for the year

          Choices, consequences and rewards

          Group dynamics

          Anti-social behaviour

          Perceptions of normality

          Understanding disability

          Inclusion/exclusion

           

          Personal learning goals, in and out of school

          Emotions in success

          Making a difference in the world Motivation

          Taking personal responsibility

          Exploitation including county line and gang culture

          Emotional and mental health

          Mental health

          Love and loss

          Power and control

          Technology safety

          Reflections about change

          Physical attraction

          Boyfriend/girlfriend

          transition

          PSHE YEAR B

           

          Aut 1

          Aut 2

          Sp1

          Sp2

          Su1

          Su2

           

          Being Me in My World

          Celebrating Differences

          Dreams and Goals

          Healthy Me

          Relationships

          Changing Me

          Rec/Y1

          Being in a classroom Being gentle Rights and responsibilities

          Families

          Where we live

          Standing up for yourself

          Overcoming obstacles Seeking help

          Achieving goals

          Exercising bodies

          Healthy food

          Sleep

          Friendships

          Falling out

          Dealing with bullying

          Bodies

          Growing up

          Fun and fears

          Being part of a class

          Rights and responsibilities

          Owning the Learning Charter

          Understanding bullying and knowing how to deal with it

          Celebrating differences in everyone

          Learning styles Working well and celebrating achievement with a partner

          Identifying and overcoming obstacles Feelings of success

          Keeping myself healthy

          Healthier lifestyle choices

          Linking health and happiness

          Making friends/being a good friend

          Physical contact preferences

          Qualities as a friend and person

          Self-acknowledgment

          Changes in me

          Differences between female and male bodies (correct terminology)

          Linking growing and learning

          Transition

          Y2/3

          Rights and responsibilities

          Safe and fair learning environment

          Valuing contributions

          Choices

          Understanding bullying

          Standing up for self and others

          Gender diversity

          Learning strengths Learning with others Group co-operation Contributing to and sharing success

          Healthier choices

          Healthy eating and nutrition

          Healthier snacks and sharing food

          Physical contact boundaries

          Friendship and conflict

          Expressing appreciation for special relationships

          Increasing independence

          Differences between female and male bodies (correct terminology)

          Assertiveness

          Positivity in challenges

          Rules, rights and responsibilities

          Responsible choices

          Family conflict and how to deal with it (child centred)

          Witnessing bullying and how to solve it

          Recognising ow words can be hurtful

          Difficult challenges and achieving success

          Recognising and trying to overcome obstacles Evaluating learning processes

          simple budgeting

          Exercise

          Food labelling and healthy swaps

          Healthy and safe choices

          Keeping safe and why its important online and off line scenarios

          Friendship and negotiation

          Keeping safe online and who to go to for help

          Being aware of how my choices affect others

          Expressing appreciation for family and friends

          Understanding a babies needs

          Inside body changes

          Family stereotypes

          Preparing for transition

          Y4/5/6

          Being a school citizen Rights, responsibilities and democracy (school council)

          Judging by appearance

          Understanding influence

          Understanding bullying

          Identifying how special and unique everyone is

          Achieving goals Working in a group Celebrating contributions

          Smoking

          Alcohol

          Assertiveness

          Celebrating inner strength

           

          Memories of loved ones

          Getting on and falling out

          Girlfriends/boyfriends

          Being unique

          Girls and puberty

          Boys and puberty

          Confidence in change

          Being a citizen Rights and responsibilities

          Rumours and name calling

          Types of bullying

          The importance of money Jobs and careers Dream job and how to get there

          Supporting others (charity)

          Smoking including vaping

          Alcohol and antisocial behaviour

          Relationships with food

          Healthy choices

          Building self esteem

          Rights and Responsibilities online

          Reducing screen time

          Dangers of online grooming

          Body image

          Growing responsibility

          Coping with change

          Preparing for transition

          Global citizenship

          Children’s universal rights

          Feeling welcome and valued

          Democracy, having a voice

          Role-modelling

          Power struggles

          Understanding bullying

          Difference as conflict, difference as celebration

          Empathy

           

          Success criteria

          Recognising achievements Compliments

          How substances affect the body

          Managing stress

          Identifying mental health worries and sources of support

          ,managing feelings

          Assertiveness

          Taking responsibility with technology use

          Self-image

          Body image

          Puberty and feelings

          Conception to birth

          Sexting

           

          Physical Education

          At Alanbrooke, we aim to deliver a curriculum that makes a positive impact on our pupils’ physical health and well-being, whilst inspiring them to achieve success and develop their skills and abilities in a wide range of sports and physical activities. We provide opportunities to compete in sports and activities that build collaborative skills and develop a sense of fair play and mutual respect.
          We aim to promote self-esteem through developing our pupils’ physical confidence and encouraging them to have a positive mind-set to achieve success as an individual and as a team.
          Our aim is to foster a lifelong interest and engagement in sport and physical activity.
          Class teachers plan a broad curriculum ensuring competence in physical activities, particularly focusing on strength and flexibility. This is taught through a series of activities based on gymnastics, multi-skills, dance and competitive games . These include hockey, football, tag-rugby, tennis, rounders, cricket, athletics, outdoor and adventurous activities as well as swimming. There are also opportunities to enhance some of these skills in after school clubs throughout the year.

          Religious Education

          Please click here to view our RE Policy and if you have any comments get in touch in touch with our school

          RE is taught weekly as a discrete subject with a balance between learning about a religion and learning from a religion. School follows the North Yorkshire SACRE RE Agreed Syllabus . Thinking skills are a key strategy used to develop a child’s enquiry based thinking and questioning skills. Visits and trips are also included to extend pupils understanding of different religions.

          Science

          At Alanbrooke, we want our children to be naturally inquisitive about the world around them.
          Our curriculum has been developed by staff, building on from Early Years work on understanding the world, to ensure full coverage of the National Curriculum and to foster engagement in their learning and a sense of wonder in science.
          We are committed to providing stimulating, engaging and challenging learning for all pupils and encourage independent thinking. Throughout our school, children are encouraged to develop and use a range of ‘working scientifically’ skills including: fair testing, observation over time, identifying and classifying, pattern seeking and research. We want our children to develop a broad scientific vocabulary and use this effectively to explain their understanding. This is achieved through work on plants, animals (including humans), everyday materials, seasonal changes, rocks, light, forces and magnets, electricity; all under-pinned by working scientifically.
          We intend to provide all children regardless of ethnic origin, gender, class, aptitude or disability with a broad and balanced science curriculum..

          SEND

          At Alanbrooke Primary 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. Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to sing in tune and with other people. Through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music. We teach them to listen and to appreciate different forms of music. As children get older, we expect them to maintain their concentration for longer and to listen to more extended pieces of music. Children develop descriptive skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent feelings and emotions. We teach them the disciplined skills of recognising pulse and pitch. Also, we teach the children how to work with others to compose music and perform for an audience.  At Alanbrooke we are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider military community, and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts