Curriculum

School Curriculum

Our Vision

We have a vision of a community in which each person (child and adult) is offered the opportunity to fulfil their full potential and to understand themselves and be valued for who they are. Through a stimulating and challenging learning environment, we pursue academic excellence and seek the flourishing of all members of the school community. As inclusive and caring church schools, our commitment is to help pupils become thoughtful, open-minded and compassionate human beings who have the knowledge, skills and motivation they need to bring about positive transformation in the world. This is because we know we are all God’s children and all can articulate this.

“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can.”        

 John Wesley

The curriculum is at the heart of our school and central to achieving our vision because it is through a broad, balanced and engaging curriculum that a life-long passion for learning is ignited and children are given the best possible chance to succeed. We recognise that children are created in the image of God but also value their individuality as they explore their own God given talents and are treated with respect and dignity at all times.

Our intent is to give all members of our community every opportunity to achieve the highest of standards. We believe that our broad and balanced curriculum, underpinned by British and Christian values and rich in language, knowledge and skills, plays a major part in delivering excellence, which permeates through every element of school life. Our curriculum development journey will always be ongoing as we are constantly revisiting and revising our curriculum design in light of research and our children’s needs. Our curriculum drivers for the journey are….

  • Respect
  • Personal growth and success
  • Spirituality
  • Community– local and global

 

We are proud of our reputation as an establishment which fosters strong “family” relationships amongst its pupils, encouraging perseverance and resilience in all aspects of their lives.

Following the Coronavirus outbreak, Abbey Academies Trust remains dedicated to providing a full curriculum in all subjects for our pupils. This includes where possible the invaluable learning gained from wider experiences such as educational visits and visitors to the school. In order to address the needs of our children that have arisen as a result of lockdown, key points of each curriculum subject have been prioritised addressing specific content that children require in order to make sense of the later work in the curriculum. This includes key knowledge, skills, vocabulary, concepts, and the links between concepts. We believe that these curriculum adjustments will allow our children to learn the critical content for each subject and continue their progression.

For Year 1 to 6 the National Curriculum broadly outlines objectives for each year group in the following subjects: mathematics, English, science, art & design, design technology, computing, music, history, geography, languages and physical education. Also, as an integral part of our curriculum we follow the Lincolnshire Locally Agreed syllabus for RE and Understanding Christianity. In today’s world, it is important for information technology to have a significant role in the curriculum and we have a raft of new IT equipment, resources and training opportunities for staff, ensuring that ICT is embedded across the curriculum. The objectives set in this curriculum ensure that children are working to the national standard and being continually supported and challenged to achieve their best in every year group across school. However, the National Curriculum is just one element in the education of every child. It provides an outline of core knowledge around which our teachers and leaders develop an exciting and stimulating curriculum with the understanding that they have the freedom to extend beyond the National Curriculum specifications to meet the needs of the children in our care.

Our curriculum is implemented, where appropriate, through a cross-curricular based approach, which ensures that the requirements of the National Curriculum are covered in a meaningful way, maximising opportunities to link subjects so that children can develop deep and embedded subject knowledge.  The curriculum is broad and balanced offering progression and providing as many opportunities as possible for pupils to develop a wide range of skills and frequently revise fundamental elements of each subject, supporting their retention key information. Just a few examples of our topics are:

 

  • Cloudy with a chance of meatballs
  • Once upon a time…
  • That’s not my Mummy!

 

Our curriculum is brought to life through a wide range of pedagogical styles and learning activities including, visits out, visitors to school, role play, theme days and many more creative and imaginative activities which help deepen and strengthen learning throughout a topic, building on skills and knowledge from previous years. We actively seek to overcome the barriers to learning that can hinder or exclude individual pupils, or groups of pupils. This means that equality of opportunity must be a reality for our children. We make this a reality through the attention we pay to the different individuals, and groups of children within our schools

In KS2 we really enjoy working with our local secondary schools to enhance our pupils’ learning through the use of subject specialists. Our broad and balanced curriculum is complemented by a fun and vibrant range of extra-curricular clubs, which take place at lunchtime and after school. We always seek to discover and nurture special talents within each child. There is something for everyone in our extra-curricular programme!

The impact of our curriculum is under constant review and development to ensure that it appropriately meets the needs of our children, supporting and challenging pupils to achieve their personal best.

Please see our Teaching, Learning and Curriculum policy for further information on our intent, implementation and impact of the curriculum.