The National Curriculum
For all schools in England and Wales there is a statutory National Curriculum. This consists of the core subjects – English, Mathematics and Science – and other subjects known as foundation subjects which are –computing, history, geography, design and technology, art and design, music and physical education (PE). Religious education (RE) is also a required subject. Other subjects make up the whole curriculum, including personal, social, health and citizenship education (PSHCE) and, for older children, French.
While there are compulsory subjects in the whole school curriculum, parents do have a right to withdraw their children from religious education and from acts of collective worship.
Reading at Airy Hill Primary School
At Airy Hill Primary School we consider reading to be a key driver to successful learning across the curriculum. We promote high quality speaking and listening opportunities from the moment that children join our Nursery and begin to formally teach phonics from Reception class, and use ‘Letters and Sounds’ as our scheme. Throughout school we promote a love of reading and we use high quality class texts as a driver for each of our curriculum themes.
A creative curriculum and experiential learning
At Airy Hill we organise our learning into broad themes or topics which last for half a term or a full term. The class text is the centre point for this and helps to make links between the knowledge, skills and understanding developed in the different curriculum areas. We believe in experiential learning (a hands on approach) so we enrich our curriculum with theme days, visits and visitors to school.
We are particularly proud at Airy Hill of our commitment to high quality sport delivered by specialist sports coaches from Reception class up to Year 6.
We welcome children to Airy Hill from two years old in our small and nurturing Nursery 1 where children’s prime areas of learning can be developed. When children are three they join our larger Nursery 2 where so much progress is made within our lovely bungalow and large outdoor area. Children’s confidence, independence and resilience is developed and through regular visits to school as ‘pre-receptions’, children make very smooth transition into our Reception Class. In Reception class children are taught the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum which provides a broad and full experience at this key stage in learning.
At Airy Hill we recognise and value the benefits of children spending time outside. The great outdoors are the best place for children to develop confidence, resilience, team-building skills, risk-taking, physical skills and good mental health and well-being – the list goes on! We are lucky to have a large playground, field and a wonderful ‘Field Study Area’ complete with pond, nature trail and wild-flower meadow. We also make good use of beautiful local surroundings by taking exploratory walk along the old railway line and coastal paths.
The curriculum, teaching and learning are organised in 3 Key Stages :
The Foundation Stage – Nursery & Reception, ages 2 – 5
Key Stage 1 (KS1) – includes children in Years 1 and 2, ages 5 – 7
Key Stage 2 (KS2) – includes those children in Years 3 – 6, ages 7 – 11
Statutory assessments are carried out at the end of each Key Stage by means of external tests and teacher assessment.
Follow this link to the Department of Education website.