Our English curriculum is taught in year groups in line with National Curriculum expectations and teachers analyse gaps in pupils' previous knowledge to accelerate progress for children in their class. Speech, language and communication skills are at the heart of literacy learning across the curriculum. Talk supports and scaffolds the writing process. Exciting, purposeful and experienced writing opportunities are woven through Learning Challenge enquiry questions and themes. A love of reading is celebrated throughout school; pupils are taught to read through word reading (phonics) and comprehension (Reciprocal Reading strategies). Sections of the English curriculum are supported through discrete sessions, which are reinforced and applied through engaging learning challenges. Quality first teaching is supported by bespoke provision for pupils who are vulnerable to reaching their potential in order to accelerate progress.
Our Maths curriculum is taught in year groups in line with the National Curriculum. Teachers use Assessment for Learning techniques to analyse pupils’ knowledge and understanding in lessons. Effective gap analysis is used to support pupils’ next steps and address any misconceptions in order to accelerate progress. At Arbourthorne, we teach calculation following a clear progression policy developed with SSELP, which is fully aligned with the National Curriculum. Maths lessons are engaging and children’s learning is supported and extended through an extensive range of practical resources and practical application of skills. Pupils’ are encouraged to think deeply through mathematical reasoning and problem solving.
Learning Challenge Curriculum
Within the Learning Challenge Curriculum, science, history and geography are the driving subjects for the enquiry questions. Within these units of learning, the art and design, computing, design technology and music curriculums are taught.