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"The school is an inclusive and welcoming environment where pupils are well supported to strengthen their learning and well-being" Ofsted 2018

Curriculum


Our curriculum has been carefully considered to ensure broad and balanced opportunities for all children to develop and learn. As a staff, we worked together to design a programme that promotes high levels of challenge and achievement and ensures pupils are well prepared for each key stage, including secondary education, and for adult life in modern Britain.

Our Key Drivers


At the centre of our curriculum are five key drivers, which together form a whole school vision and reflect the unique character and locality of our school. These drivers give children the skills and strategies necessary to be lifelong learners and successful adults.

 

  • Community: At Allen Edwards we value being part of a diverse and stimulating community and actively seek opportunities to reflect this in our curriculum. We believe it is essential to work together as we learn, inviting parents and carers to take an active role in the education of their children.

 

  • Collaboration: Learning to work effectively with others is a vital life skill and a key focus of our curriculum. Work at Allen Edwards is devised to allow a range of paired, group and whole-class activities, to ensure children learn how to cooperate, negotiate, share and empathise with their fellow learners.

 

  • Communication: Effective language skills are essential for children to access the curriculum and central to their social, emotional and intellectual development. We provide opportunities throughout the curriculum for children to develop these skills, gaining the confidence to communicate effectively with their peers and adults. The ability to ask and answer questions is a vital skill for provoking and shaping new thinking and ensuring progression.

 

  • Possibilities: At Allen Edwards we have high expectations of all our pupils and encourage them to always strive to do their best and excel in their learning. Alongside key skills, our curriculum allows pupils to develop imaginative and creative thinking, strategies for problem solving and values that they will take with them into the wider context of real life.

 

  • Resourcefulness: Our curriculum is designed to evolve and change as the world does around us. Actively encouraging resourcefulness means pupils are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning journey, to seek new ways to approach problems and activities and to regularly review and reflect upon their work and achievements.

        

 

In addition to these drivers, we have a core focus on pupil’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC) that is embedded in all areas of the Curriculum. A positive school ethos which emphasises effort and achievement encourages pupils to respect themselves and others, develop a strong sense of self-esteem and become confident individuals who can flourish and thrive.

 

Each term, the curriculum is underpinned by a theme, specific to each year group. At the beginning of each theme there is a launch day. This provides a stimulus for the theme and provides pupils and parents with a way to fully engage in the theme. There is a knowledge harvest at the beginning of the theme where the teachers find out what the pupils already know and also provides an assessment tool at the end of the theme when this is re-visited and the children add the knowledge or skills they have gained throughout the theme. An enrichment activity is planned during the theme and this often forms a visit or trip linked to the theme or a visitor or workshop delivered in school. At the end of each full term the pupils share and celebrate their work with their parents. They present their work in a variety of ways. For example, through verbal or written presentations, drama or mini-plays, dressing and acting in role.

 

Year 4 pupils talked positively about their launch day (the Vikings) and described a number of activities that they completed on the day:

 

"As Vikings, we used javelins to hunt for food in the playground. We were also put into communities and learnt how to trade between the communities….tools and food were the popular choices for trading. We made shields using Viking colours and we created our own design. And we also made flapjacks because this was the type of food Vikings ate."

 

Although there is a clear structure to the themes and programs of study we follow, there is also room to provide teachers and pupils a chance to reflect on the work and bring in their own ideas, taking ownership of the learning. We are proud of our dynamic and exciting curriculum which supports our mission to provide a safe, stimulating and secure environment for learning and offer our pupils a positive academic start in life.

 

British Values


As a school that serves a richly diverse community, we take our responsibility to promote community cohesion, generate a respect for difference and individual rights seriously. Through our Values and Ethos, Allen Edwards ensures that British Values flow throughout the school, in all that we believe and do as a community school. We ensure that our pupils develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in our community, in modern Britain and in the world around them.

 

The fundamental British Values of:

  1. Democracy

  2. The Rule of Law

  3. Individual Liberty

  4. Mutual Respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith

 

are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school. As a school we take a holistic approach to teaching British Values and believe that all curriculum areas can provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts. However, there are specific areas of the curriculum which provide excellent opportunities to deepen and develop that understanding. Some examples of these include:

 

  • Assemblies and collective worship

  • Our PSHE Curriculum through which British Values is evident throughout

  • A school council whose members take part in campaigning, voting and seeking the views of pupils to make changes in their school community

  • Our school Ambassador Programme which supports mutual respect, friendship, promotion of the school’s values

  • A geography curriculum that covers global citizenship

  • History curriculum which analyses UK and World Events and which looks at events which have tested British Values

  • A religious education curriculum that teaches about the beliefs and practices of all major religious groups

 
 
 
 
 
 

English  |  Mathematics  |  Science  |  History  |  Geography  |  Art & Design  |  Design & Technology

English

English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils, therefore, who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised.

Reading
The children learn phonics using the Letters and Sounds programme to help them learn to read and decode words.  Children take part in daily phonics lessons from Nursery to Year 1.  Children complete the Phonics screening check towards the end of Year 1 to indicate whether further phonics support is needed to secure the child's understanding and skills of reading.

 

As the children progress through the end of Key Stage 1 and throughout Key Stage 2, they learn and develop skills required to read

Writing

English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils, therefore, who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised.

Mathematics
Our mathematics vision is to deepen the children's mathematical understanding through a secure understanding of number and the different operations.

 

At Allen Edwards Primary School, we focus on having fun in Maths, learning in real-life situations and solving problems. Practical application allows children to see how we use mathematics every day.

Geography

Our high-quality geography education inspires children at Allen Edwards to have a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people.

 

We ensure pupils have a knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, and learn about the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As children progress through the curriculum, their growing knowledge about the world helps them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. The geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.

History

History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.

 

History at Allen Edwards enables children to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It inspires children's curiosity to know more about the past. Through an engaging and creative curriculum history lessons equip our children to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.

Science

As one of the three core subjects of the National Curriculum, Science is a highly valued subject at Allen Edwards. Science stimulates and excites pupils’ curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them. At our school, we strive to contextualise the children’s learning in Science, so that they are encouraged to understand and relate what they are learning in class to their real lives in order to give them a better understanding of the world.

 

At Allen Edwards we believe Scientific enquiry is at the heart of science teaching. Through this, we aim to encourage the natural curiosity that children have about themselves and their surroundings. We provide children with the opportunity to develop their own questions and to consider ways of finding out answers, fostering problem solving skills, ownership over their own learning and ultimately a better understanding of scientific concepts. They are encouraged to observe, raise questions, make predictions, experiment and record their findings. This includes developing the ability to examine things systematically, to select and sort information, to understand the features of a fair test and to be able to collect and consider evidence.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Art & Design

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. The art and design curriculum at Allen Edwards engages, inspires and challenges children, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.

 

Throughout the art and design curriculum children learn to do the following:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences

  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques

  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design

  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms

Design and Technology

The design and technology curriculum is inspiring, rigorous and practical. The children use their own 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. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.

 

Children learn how to take risks, becoming 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. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

 

Throughout the design & technology curriculum children learn to:

  • develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world

  • build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users

  • critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others

  • understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

Computing

Computing is an important part of everyday life in the 21st Century and the computing curriculum at Allen Edwards provides children with the skills to use technology efficiently and safely.

 

The aims of the computing curriculum are to equip the future generations with the necessary skills for adult life and employment within the ever-changing technological environment we live in. Children can:

 

  • understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation

  • analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems

  • evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems

  • become responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.

Online Safety:

Being online is a part of our daily lives and it can be a phenomenal tool for learning and communicating effectively. Currently, 1 in 3 internet users are children and 1 in 4 of those children have experienced something upsetting on a social networking site. We place a heavy emphasis on the teaching of Online Safety and the message becomes even stronger when reinforced at home.

 

Top Tips:

 

Net Aware – Parent App

https://www.net-aware.org.uk/

 

Parental Controls and Talking to your Children

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

French

Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures and at Allen Edwards children have the opportunity to learn French.

 

The Allen Edwards French curriculum, provides children with the ability to speak and write another language. 

 

Children learn to:

  • understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources

  • speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation

  • can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt

  • discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.

Music

At Allen Edwards we use the Lambeth Music Service to help us provide the best music provision for our children.

​All children are taught to:

  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians

  • learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence

  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations

 

Physical Education

The school employs two full time coaches to deliver high quality, PE sessions and wider curriculum opportunities to pupils from EYFS to Year 6.

 

Nursery and Reception pupils work with the coaches in small groups to develop their gross motor skills in line with the EYFS curriculum.

 

From Year 1-6 pupils receive 2 hours of high quality PE sessions within the curriculum. Year groups are taught together which means that classes can compete or be streamed according to the need. There are at least two opportunities per term for identified pupils to participate in inter-school competitions which range from basketball, cricket, gymnastics, football. In addition, identified pupils receive additional PE sessions throughout the year. This ranges from more able pupils, to pupils who have been identified as needing additional support in physical activity and SEND pupils who require as part of their SEN provision the development of gross motor skills.

 

There are daily after-school physical activities led by the coaches which pupils are able to sign up for from Year 1-6.

Religious Education

Religious education contributes to children and young people’s education in schools by provoking challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. Our world is enriched by a wide and profound diversity of cultures and beliefs. We as human beings are strengthened and empowered by learning from each other. Engaging and stimulating religious education helps to nurture informed and resilient responses to misunderstanding, stereotyping and division. It offers a place of integrity and security within which difficult or ‘risky’ questions can be tackled within a safe but challenging context. 

 

In religious education lessons children discover, explore and consider different answers to these questions, in local, national and global contexts, through learning about and from religions and other world views. They learn to appraise the value of wisdom from different sources, to develop and express their insights in response, and to agree or disagree respectfully.

 

Children's knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and other world views, enables them to develop their ideas, values and identities. This in turn develops the children's aptitude for dialogue so that they can participate positively in society with its diverse understanding of life from religious and other world views.

 

Children gain and deploy the skills needed to understand, interpret and evaluate texts, sources of wisdom and authority and other evidence. They learn to articulate clearly and coherently their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences while respecting the right of others to differ. 

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