At Awsworth Primary & Nursery School we have redesigned our curriculum through a process of discussion with pupils and staff to capture the core values that make our school an exciting and rewarding place to learn and teach.
Through this process we identified the key aspects of our curriculum that are the essence of our school and developed our ‘Learning for Life’ Curriculum Tree.
Our school motto is at the root of all we do and the elements we value form the fruit of our tree.
Knowledge and Understanding: At the heart of our curriculum is our desire to develop our pupils’ knowledge and understanding through engaging and relevant subject matter so that our pupils can transfer and communicate their skill and learning between contexts.
Global Citizens: We have been proud recipients of the British Council’s International School Award (ISA) concurrently since 2008. Through our global links and ISA work we aim to bring the world into our classrooms, developing our pupils as global citizens who understand different cultures and religions, fight for a better future and work for the sustainable development of our planet.
Rights Respecting School: As a Gold Level Rights Respecting School, children’s rights are at the centre of everything we do. Our pupils learn about their rights and take action to address issues where children’s rights are not being met around the world, they act as ambassadors sharing their work with others to spread the message of children’s rights.
Pupil Voice: Whether the children are helping to design their curriculum, being interviewed to find out their opinions or making suggestions for our school council to act upon, pupil voice is very important to us. School councillors help with the interview process for new staff and meet regularly to help shape new developments for the school.
Creativity: Giving the children the opportunity to develop their creativity and shine in different ways is a core value at Awsworth. Through musical and dramatic productions, dance showcases, art and design technology, musical instrument tuition and after school clubs we give the children many opportunities to develop their creative side and perform or showcase their talents to different audiences.
Safeguarding: At Awsworth Primary & Nursery School we take Safeguarding extremely seriously, through our curriculum we teach our pupils how to be safe and recognise when something is wrong, how to report things they are concerned about and what to do if they are worried about a friend.
Sports and Active Lifestyles: We are very proud of the broad range of sports offered to our pupils. Football, cricket, athletics and dance teams regularly compete in competitions as well as the opportunity to try a range of other sports including rowing, tri-golf, handball and boccia. This alongside our PE curriculum and daily mile activities promotes active lifestyles for all.
5 Ways to Wellbeing: To connect, be active, keep learning, give to others and to take notice are the 5 ways to wellbeing. We are committed to developing these aspects to ensure the wellbeing of all our pupils. Dedicated well-being sessions, class assemblies, PSHE sessions and daily active sessions all aim to enhance pupil wellbeing.
Skills for Life: Developing resilience, perseverance, independence and teamwork, as well as a foundation of core skills to build learning onto, are central to our curriculum and encouraged in all that we do to in order for our pupils to make connections, experiment, take risks, be curious and tolerate ambiguity.
Safe and Confident Digital Users: Whether using laptops, tablets or phones we teach our pupils to be safe online as well as responsible digital users who can use a range of programs and apps to enhance learning, communicate, present and edit a variety of media.
Healthy Living: Through our annual implementation of such activities as the DARE programme, our relationships and sex education programme, our curriculum work on healthy eating, staff challenges and our organisation of the annual Awsworth 5k Fun Run, we are committed to promoting physical, social, emotional and mental health and helping equip pupils, staff and families with the skills and attitudes to make informed, positive decisions about their lifestyle.
Spiritual: The diverse work we undertake together in small groups, class or phase events and whole school assemblies and celebrations seeks to promote the spiritual development of each individual. These activities provide children with ‘windows’ of opportunities to become aware of the world in new ways; to wonder about, reflect and respond to life's 'WOWs' (things that are amazing) and 'OWs' (things that bring us up short). In this children are learning about life in all its fullness.
Through this approach we aim to provide a broad, balanced, challenging, engaging and relevant curriculum which develops our pupils’ cultural capital and in which all children are supported and extended so that they can reach their full potential. We believe that a creative approach to learning encourages our pupils to be questioning, imaginative, open to possibilities and able to reflect critically on their learning.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, we endeavour to provide the children with a broad range of learning experiences which enthuse, inspire and excite the children, whilst covering the government’s curriculum for this age range. The learning and development requirements comprise of seven areas of learning which include: communication and language; physical development; personal, social and emotional development; literacy; mathematics; understanding of the world; expressive arts and design. The early learning goals summarise the knowledge, skills and understanding for all children by the end of Foundation 2.
In KS1 children follow Letter Land for their phonics work, a range of books are used for guided reading and our book banded reading scheme includes Oxford Reading Tree, Collins Big Cat and a variety of books by familiar authors.
Across the school our curriculum aims to engage and motivate the children. Wherever possible we plan opportunities with the children to provide learning experiences which are fun, varied and exciting. We teach the National Curriculum and Nottinghamshire's Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education.
Children from Year 1 to Year 6 study the core subjects of English (including spoken language, reading, writing, spelling/ phonics, handwriting, grammar and punctuation), mathematics, science and computing. Religious education and Personal, Social and Health Education, along with the foundation subjects of history, geography, music, art, PE, Spanish (KS2) and design and technology make up the rest of the curriculum. We endeavour to enrich the curriculum on offer to our children by using the outdoor environment, going on trips and residential visits inviting visitors into school and encouraging the children to participate widely in any sporting, musical or other opportunities that are on offer.
All children from Years 1 to 6 benefit from expert coaching from specialist sports coaches and Spanish in KS2 is taught by a language specialist. Children can choose to learn a musical instrument which is taught by specialist music teachers. We also have a school choir, a wide range of sports teams and dance group which compete in leagues, competitions and showcases.
For more information on the curriculum we follow please see the documents below which detail how we divide up the curriculum over a two-year cycle in each key stage and a three-year cycle in the foundation stage.
If you would like to find out more about the Primary National Curriculum please click here.