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Our Curriculum

The curriculum at All Saints intends to excite, inspire and challenge our children to produce leaders and communicators who are healthy and happy through encouraging critical thinking and risk taking and providing a wide range of rich experiences.

Curriculum Organisation

Across the school we have chosen to use a variety of schemes of learning in order to help us deliver the National Curriculum, and more, in a way that will achieve our curriculum aims.

Children are taught in mixed age classes so the school follows a two-year rolling programme to ensure that all children experience for full breadth of our curriculum.

Each curricular subject is taught discretely every week and curriculum enhancements are planned half termly.  

For more information in relation to your child's curriculum, please see the termly curriculum letters and contact your child's class teacher.

Art and Design

Subject Leader - Mrs Rachel Reid

At All Saints, we believe that art and design should inspire and ignite the creativity of our children. Our curriculum encourages a love of artistic learning, motivates and develops creative skills and engages all children with the knowledge and skills to become budding young artists.  We believe that all of our children should have the opportunities to engage in high quality art and design lessons where they can learn to develop skills and understanding of line, tone, texture, colour, pattern, shape, 3D form, alongside exploring the work of great artists. Art and design plays a vital part in developing children’s critical thinking and we aim to encourage all children to adopt an appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts.

 

Computing

Subject Leader - Mrs Claire Petts

At All Saints, our computing curriculum focuses on the progression of skills in computer science, information technology, digital literacy, and online safety to ensure that children become competent in safely using, as well as understanding, technology.  Wes understand the immense value that technology plays not only in supporting the school curriculum but overall in day-to-day life.  We aim to prepare our children by giving them the knowledge and skills that will equip them for their future.  We want them to become digitally literate and digitally resilient. Technology is ever evolving, and our children need to be able to use it to express themselves and develop their ideas through technology and as active participants in a digital world.

Design and Technology

Subject Leader - Mrs Rachel Reid

Our design and technology curriculum will excite and enthuse our children to ask questions such as “Why does this happen?” and “How does this work?”.  It will inspire our learners to want to know more through creating opportunities to think things through and experiment with a range of structures, mechanisms, electrical systems, food products and textiles. Aspirational skills will be taught to develop our young children’s minds to help them to develop into the chefs, architects, designers and engineers of the future. At All Saints, we encourage our children to learn to think and intervene creatively to solve problems, both as individuals and as members of a team. The children are given opportunities to reflect upon and evaluate past and present design technology, its uses and its effectiveness and are encouraged to become innovators and risk-takers.    

French

Subject Leader - Mrs Claire Petts

At All Saints, we are determined to develop children’s experience of language acquisition and encourage curiosity about languages, beginning with English. In Key Stage 2, we aim to develop their understanding of what they hear and read and have an ability to express themselves in speech and writing within another language. We follow the National Curriculum using a programme (Twinkl scheme of learning) designed to extend their knowledge of how language works and explore differences between French and English and ensures progression of all skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing), knowledge and vocabulary. 

Geography

Subject Leader - Mrs Claire Petts

Our geography curriculum inspires children to become young geographers with a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Across the year groups, the children develop the geographical skills, concepts and knowledge to equip them to observe; question and explain; analyse and evaluate about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As the children progress, their growing knowledge about the world helps them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments.

History

Subject Leader - Mrs Claire Petts

Our history curriculum creates aspiring young historians with a thirst for knowledge and appreciation of the past together with the skills to become life-long learners. Our curriculum is accessible to all learners with progressive development of historical concepts, knowledge and skills; and will maximise the outcomes for every child so that they know more, remember more and understand more. The curriculum provides opportunities to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement.  As a result they will:

 

•          Increase and develop their historical skills, concepts, knowledge and attitudes.

•          Increase their understanding of the present in the context of the past.

•          Develop and use their skills of enquiry, analysis, evaluation and argument.

•          Develop a sense of chronology and appreciation of events through time.

•          Develop their interest in the past, arousing their curiosity and motivation to learn.

•          Develop a sense of identity through learning about the past.

Maths

Subject Leader - Mr Ed Clements

Here at All Saints, we believe that our maths curriculum will create enthusiastic, creative and articulate mathematicians. Through a varied and inspiring curriculum, we aim to develop the children’s problem solving, resilience and reflective skills – skills that can easily transferrable across the curriculum.

 

As a school, we believe that fluency is key. Children need to have a secure understanding of basic principles in order to deepen their knowledge of the maths curriculum further. Children are encouraged to challenge themselves through the use of critical thinking and efficient and effective approaches to problems which they may face. All pupils are encouraged to develop deep thinking and question the way in which the world works, promoting the spiritual growth of our pupils. In maths lessons, children are always encouraged to delve deeper into their understanding of mathematics and how it relates to the diverse world around them.  Children are encouraged to make mistakes in a safe and supportive environment. They are supported to discuss these misconceptions with their peers and staff alike. Use of appropriate vocabulary is modelled throughout lessons by both staff and children, allowing everyone to ‘talk like a mathematician’. Once a child can articulate their understanding of a concept, can they truly begin to make connections within their learning.

 

To help structure and plan our lessons, we use the mixed age White Rose Maths Hub schemes of learning to ensure firm foundations and sequence our learning.

 

Year 4, children should be able to recall their multiplication facts up to 12 x 12. To help them develop these skills, children can log on to the Times Table Rockstars platform using their username and password. On Times Table Rockstars, pupils can practice their tables. They are then able to improve their Rock Speed and climb the Rockstar ranks! The online games reward children with virtual coins for each correct answer, which they enjoy spending on upgrading their personal rock avatar.

Music

Subject Leader - Mr Ed Clements

At All Saints, we aim to provide a high-quality music education which enables children to develop a love of music whilst increasing self-confidence, creativity and a sense of achievement. We want to ensure that music is an inspiring and engaging experience that enables every child to develop their musical potential and develops an appreciation of the value of music that is deeply personal to them. We want children to have a curiosity for the subject and a respect for the role that music may play in any person’s life. We endeavour to provide a variety of musical experiences through our curriculum which develops learning, improves knowledge and promotes pupil well-being through building up the confidence of all children. 

PE

Subject Leader - Mr Ed Clements

At All Saints, we recognise the importance of physical education to a child’s physical, spiritual, cognitive, social and emotional development.  Our curriculum is based on progressive learning objectives as well as a range of different physical activities. Our curriculum, combined with varied and flexible teaching styles, within a safe and supportive environment, endeavours to provide stimulating, challenging, and enjoyable learning situations for all our children to flourish and reach their full potential.

 

We encourage our children to develop their understanding of the way in which they can use their body, equipment, and apparatus safely, yet imaginatively to achieve their personal goals.  All of our children have the opportunity to enjoy being physically active, maintain a healthy lifestyle and use the medium of sport to increase their self-esteem. We aspire for our children to adopt a positive mind-set and believe that anything can be achieved with determination and resilience.

 

As well as promoting physical activity and healthy lifestyles, children are taught to observe and produce the conventions of fair play, honest competition and good sporting behaviour as individual participants, team members and spectators. Thus, embedding our life-long school values of trust, respect, honesty, friendship, and courage.

 

Along with PSHE and science, our PE curriculum teaches our children about the importance of healthy living and the need for good nutrition.   We aim for our children to develop the necessary knowledge and skills which will have a positive impact on their future by becoming physically active citizens to benefit their long-term health and happiness.

PSHE

Subject Leader - Miss Jo Lee

We provide an engaging, broad and balanced PSHE/RSE curriculum that results in our children becoming well-rounded and informed citizens.  We teach the children from their earliest years in school a range of topics that enables them to learn about: family and relationships, health and wellbeing, safety and the changing body, citizenship and economic wellbeing.  These topics are taught progressively so that each year builds on previous learning and is appropriate for their age.  We are passionate about providing opportunities for each child to learn, question and explore, thus encouraging an individual to become knowledgeable and well-informed to be able to make safe, considerate decisions about issues linked to themselves and to the wider world.

RE

Subject Leader - Miss Jo Lee

Our aim, through RE, is to promote an understanding of, and respect for all faiths and beliefs as well as promoting the spiritual, moral and cultural development of all our pupils at All Saints. Children are taught RE on a weekly basis using Understanding Christianity and the Devon and Torbay Agreed RE Syllabus. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from Religious Education and from Collective Worship.

Reading

Subject Leader - Mrs Rachel Reid

At All Saints, we believe that all pupils should have the opportunity to be fluent, confident readers who are able to successfully comprehend and understand a wide range of texts. We want pupils to develop a love of reading, a good knowledge of a range of authors and be able to understand more about the world in which they live, through the knowledge they gain from texts. By the end of their time at All Saints, all children should be able to read fluently, and with confidence, in any subject in their forthcoming secondary education. We do not put ceilings on what pupils can achieve in reading and we do not hold pre-conceptions about any pupil’s ability to make progress. We understand the importance of parents and carers in supporting their children to develop both word reading and comprehension skills, and so we want to encourage a home-school partnership which enables parents and carers to understand how to enhance the skills being taught in school through good quality texts.

Science

Subject Leader - Mr Ed Clements

At All Saints we intend that our children will develop an in-depth understanding of the world around them and an understanding of how major scientific ideas have played a vital role in society, to prepare them for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world. Our aim is to build science capital for all our children, regardless of their background and starting point so that they are inspired to continue to use science in their everyday life, future education and careers.   We deliver a science curriculum that:  

• Builds upon prior knowledge and a progression of skills to ensure all children have a secure understanding and knowledge of key science concepts  

• Develops creativity and challenges all

• Inspires and excites our children through engaging practical sessions which are enriched where appropriate with visits and visitors  

• Will develop aspirational learners with an awareness of the key role that science plays within our community and the world and the opportunities that this creates for future careers  

• Encourages our children to be self-motivated, independent, curious and resilient learners by developing inquiry-based skills and sessions 

Writing

Subject Leader - Miss Jo Lee

At All Saints Primary School, we strive to help our children develop into articulate and imaginative communicators, who are well-equipped with the basic skills they need to become life-long learners. We aim to ensure all of our children develop a genuine love of language and the written word, through a text-based approach. We ensure that children develop an understanding of how widely writing is used in everyday life and, therefore, how important and useful the skills are that they are learning. Our intentions in writing are for children to:

 · Write for a purpose

· See themselves as real writers

 · Take ownership of their writing

· See writing as an interesting and enjoyable process

 · Acquire the ability to organise and plan their written work

Our whole curriculum is shaped with the aim to enable all children, regardless of background, ability or additional needs, to flourish to become the very best version of themselves they can possibly be. We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children. We aim to develop children’s ability to produce well-structured, detailed writing in which the meaning is made clear and which engages the interest of the audience / reader. Particular attention is paid throughout the school to the formal structures of English: grammatical detail, punctuation and spelling. Children have opportunities to write at length, in extended, independent writing sessions at the end of a unit of work – applying their taught skills to an unsupported piece of writing.

School Motto

Growing Stronger Together

Mission Statement

We ‘Live life in all its fullness.’ John 10:10.

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