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North Street, Northampton, Northamptonshire NN6 0DW

01604 810063

bursar@mearsashby.northants-ecl.gov.uk

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Mears Ashby C of E Primary School

Curriculum

 

Mears Ashby CE Primary School teaches the National Curriculum for Years 1-6 and the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum for Year R. In order to ensure the breadth and depth of our offer, we use themes (or topics) to link our learning together, upholding our Christian values and curriculum intent for our pupils (see our class curriculum links at the bottom of this page). 

Our curriculum reflects our local needs and context.  The curriculum meets the particular aims and values of our school by ensuring that

  • pupils enjoy a wide range of experiences which foster independence in thought and action so that they are ready to transition to larger settings
  • Christian values and a strong sense of family and community are woven into all we do
  • Real-life experiences encourage pupil’s understanding of the wider world beyond our immediate community
  • We care for our natural environment and learn how to protect it for the future

Click here to read our Curriculum Intent Statement.

Click here to read the Teaching and Learning Policy.

Click here to read the Trust Curriculum Statement.

Click here to read an overview of our curriculum coverage for each class in each subject for this year (Cycle A). 

English

We place the highest importance on the successful development of literacy skills. Our curriculum caters for English teaching and development of reading, writing and speaking and listening is through our topics.

In addition, we use the VIPERS (an acronym for the skills of Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explanation, Retrieval and Summary / Sequence) to teach reading discretely every day. We encourage the love of reading and regularly undertake Buddy Reading and Paired Reading across the school. We invite families in to school for Family Reading on the last Friday of every month. 

 Click here to read our Reading Intent Statement.

Maths

At Mears Ashby CE Primary School we believe that children learn best in maths when concepts are broken down in to small, manageable steps. We teach using a method that first uses concrete resources to demonstrate a concept, followed by pictorial representations and finally in a more abstract way (known as the CPA approach).  The school use the White Rose Maths Hub Scheme of Work in order to achieve this. 

Please click here for an overview of the progression in Maths for our mixed-age classes.

Click here to read our Maths Intent statement.

Our Calculation Policies set out for each year group the concrete, pictoral and abstract methods we teach for each of the four calculations:

Click here for our Calculation Policy - Addition

Click here for our Calculation Policy - Subtraction

EYFS

Our youngest children follow the Early Early Foundation Curriculum which breaks down early development into 7 broad areas. Children are expected to reach their Early Learning Goals in each of the specific areas by the end of the Reception year. 

Click here to read our EYFS Intent statement.

 

Discrete Learning

We teach PSHE through the Jigsaw scheme of work, which covers all aspects of personal, social and health education as well as online safety and relationships education. 

We teach RE using the Northamptonshire Agreed Syllabus (revised in 2019) and Understanding Christianity. 55% of our teaching time is dedicated to teaching concepts within Christianity (although these sometimes link to other faiths) and pupils learn for at least 1 hour a week. 

We teach PE using the PE Hub schemes of work. Our PE lessons are delivered by a dedicated, qualified coach.

We teach French to pupils in Y2 - Y6 using the Salut scheme of work.  

 

Class curriculum

Please follow the links below for a full overview of all the topics covered by each class this year:

Elms

Sycamores

Oaks