Abbey Road Primary School follows the National Curriculum, introduced in 2014. In addition to English and Mathematics, our Key Stage 1 and 2 children, are taught to develop their knowledge, skills, understanding and creativity in Science, Computing, History, Geography, Design Technology, Music, Art, Physical Education and Religious Education. Additionally, Spanish is taught from Year 1 onwards. The guidance around the National Curriculum for Key Stage 1 and 2 can be found below.
For Religious Education teaching, we follow the Nottinghamshire Agreed Syllabus (2020-26). More information can be found via the link to this subject area on the right.
In our Early Years Foundation Stage, children are taught to develop skills in the prime areas of; Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development and Communication and Language. Alongside these, they develop skills in the specific areas of Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, Expressive Arts and Design. The ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’ are also planned into all activities to ensure engagement through playing and exploring, motivation through active learning, and thinking through creating and thinking critically. We follow planning using ‘Development Matters’, which can be viewed in detail here:
In addition to considering how best to deliver the statutory elements outlined, we have also invested a great deal of time and energy to personalising the provision so that it matches the needs and interests of our children. Our whole school curriculum is delivered via a topic-based approach to learning and is planned to include cross-curricular links. Each class has a half-termly theme that aims to motivate, engage and challenge all learners. We achieve this by providing carefully planned learning experiences that are stimulating and build on previous skills.
We begin by immersing all learners in an exciting environment that provides hands-on, engaging activities – including the use of theme days, visits and visitors. Once curiosity is aroused, we choose from a wide range of activity types, which enable all learners to achieve success. Our planning is purposeful and sets clear goals and outcomes for all children to achieve. We aim to create successful learners and memorable lessons.
A map of the topics covered at Abbey Road, can be found via the following link and you can find more detailed plans for each year group by clicking on the ‘overview’ documents below.
PSHE (Personal, Social, and Health Education) forms an integral part of the curriculum too. It provides pupils with the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active and responsible citizens. At Abbey Road, we follow the Jigsaw scheme for PSHE. More information can be found via the link to this curriculum area on the right.