We love to learn!
At The Avenue we believe that the curriculum should be as exciting and stimulating as possible. We actively seek to promote a love of learning by making school fun and relevant whilst at the same time ensuring standards are high in order to prepare your children for their future. We use the Cornerstones projects as a base for our learning. The topics are carefully selected and full of practical ideas for learning.
The staff and governors work together to continually develop our school’s curriculum content to ensure that the very best provision is made to extend children’s knowledge and skills in every way. In particular we focus on each child’s linguistic, scientific, creative, mathematical, technological, physical, social and emotional development as well as concerning ourselves deeply with their moral, cultural and spiritual growth.
The National Curriculum serves as a framework for our curriculum policy, which allows teachers to respond effectively to individual learning needs. Teaching is flexible, relevant and meaningful in order to prepare children for their further educational development and to enable them to take part fully as citizens within our society.
Children in the Early Years follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. This comprises of seven key areas of learning and development which are: Three Prime Areas: Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Physical Development; Communication and Language. Four Specific Areas: Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding the World; Expressive Arts and Design.
Children in Years 1 to 6 (Key Stages 1 and 2) follow the subjects of the National Curriculum. Each area is carefully planned to ensure all year group and key stage objectives are met.
There are a range of National Curriculum subjects that are taught in school, as follows: Core Subjects – English, Mathematics, Science. Foundation Subjects – Design and Technology, Geography, History, Art and Design, Music, Physical Education, Computing, Religious Education, PSHE (MFL is taught in Key Stage 2).
The delivery of the whole curriculum is achieved through a mixture of cross-curricular and subject specific teaching using the Cornerstones project based curriculum. Cross-curricular work involves teaching and learning activities based on a theme or topic, involving the children in work which links subjects together. Subject specific teaching focuses on core skills in English and Mathematics and gives teachers the flexibility to respond to individual learning needs. The combination of these approaches results in a carefully planned curriculum, with a clear progression of the acquisition of knowledge and skills. In order to ensure this progression, teachers take into account each child’s previous achievements and any individual learning needs they may have.