Planning for progression
At Alpington our curriculum is structured to ensure that children make progress in all subjects. Each subject has specific knowledge and skills that need to be taught, nurtured and developed so that the children make progress in their recall, understanding and ability to apply what they have learnt.
English, both reading and writing, forms the backbone of our topics. Children use their reading and writing skills across all aspects of the curriculum.
Geography, history, art, DT, computing, music and science, along with aspects of RE and RSHE and personal development are taught at part of topics. Topics are carefully planned to weave subjects together, providing learning with a context and purpose and promoting creativity. The core content for each subject is allocated to individual topics. For more information about Topics, please click here.
Maths is usually taught as a stand alone subject, but aspects are taught as part of topic where it is meaningful to do so.
Key skills, specific to each subject have been identified and sequenced, setting clear expectations for children at the end of each Key Stage. Skills are identified using the words from our curriculum vision – curious, thoughtful, empathetic and resilient (describing how we learn) and (courageous and aspirational) what we do with what we have learnt.
The skills grids clearly identify what each word looks like for that particular subject and level of development. Teachers use these skills grids in their planning, talking about learning, feedback and in classroom displays. These words represent the skills and attitudes that we want all our children to take with them when they leave Alpington.
This planning ensures that the children’s personal development is planned as part of every aspect of learning at our school. You can see a further explanation of how this language is built into our curriculum by clicking here.
Skills by Subject