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At Awsworth Primary & Nursery School we provide a broad, balanced, challenging and engaging curriculum 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. We encourage our children to:

  • identify new problems and solve them;
  • transfer and communicate skills, knowledge and understanding between contexts;
  • make connections, experiment, take risks, be curious and tolerate ambiguity;
  • work purposefully towards a defined goal, consulting and collaborating with others;
  • take a leading role in the development of their learning journey and reflect critically on it.


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 Phonics Play and Letters and Sounds for their phonics work, Story World is 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 residentials, 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, football team, athletics team 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.

From September 2018, Foundation 1 have adopted a new two yearly cycle of planning based on a story and author themed approach to the children's learning. The authors have been selected but the books are chosen by asking the children and also on current interests of children in that cohort.