The Government have released a New National Curriculum which is to be implemented from September 2014. The National Curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens.
Each half term information about the topics your child will be exploring and how you can help them at home will be uploaded to class pages.
Phonics is taught throughout Nursery, Early Years and Key Stage 1 school using the Letters and sounds publication and is continued on through Lower Key Stage 2 using Support for Spelling.
Our school does not follow a set reading scheme however all our books are separated by National Curriculum level (colour banded). If you would like a copy of this, please feel free to ask the school.
Early Years Curriculum
A cross curricular thematic approach is used for planning all units of work, although the progression and integrity of each subject is planned for and the relevant skills and concepts for each subject are taught.
We place an emphasis on the social and emotional well being of children in the Foundation stage and the curriculum is planned to ensure that every child is given the opportunity to succeed.
English has a distinguished place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society.
Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future , and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
Geography lessons at ALS inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. What we teach will equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments.
History lessons at ALS will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It inspires pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past, to ask perceptive questions, think critically, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.
The pupils at Andrews Lane are provided with opportunities to perform, listen to and evaluate different genres of music from different musical periods. They learn to sing in whole-school assemblies and in individual classes and every class learn to play the African drums throughout the academic year. Children in Key Stage 2 are taught to play either the recorder or the ocarina. Key Stage 2 children can also choose to join the choir, where they learn to sing as part of a larger group and perform in a variety of settings including churches, shopping centres and arenas. We also provide private piano tuition for those who wish to learn an additional instrument. At the end of each year, the school puts on a ‘Musical Extravaganza’ to showcase the skills learnt throughout the year and this has been a popular event attended by many parents.
Modern Foreign Languages
In KS2 of Andrews Lane School we focus on enabling pupils to learn French. The teaching provides an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and lays the foundations for further foreign language teaching at key stage 3. It enables pupils to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing, focused on familiar and routine matters, using their knowledge of grammatical structures and vocabulary.
Sport is highly valued at Andrews Lane . The school believes that physical education, experienced in a safe and supportive environment, is a unique and vital contributor to a pupil's physical development and well-being.
A broad and balanced physical education curriculum taught by a specialist sports coach is intended to provide for pupils' increasing self-confidence in their ability to manage themselves and their bodies within a variety of movement situations.
Pupils are encouraged to appreciate the importance of a healthy and fit body and mind, and to begin to understand those factors that affect health and fitness.
Music is a universal language and allows children to be creative. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. At ALS music is taught by Miss Campbell. Children learn about music through singing and in KS2 they have the opportunity to learn the ocarina, the recorder, the ukulele and also the piano through Miss Gaston our piano teacher.