Curriculum

"My favourite lessons are Maths and Topic" Phoebe

At Alburgh with Denton Primary School we aim to provide a broad and balanced school curriculum that covers the National Curriculum in full, but which also allows us to teach subjects that are not part of the National Curriculum, as well as opportunities to learn about important local and national topics.

Our curriculum has been designed to be stimulating, relevant and inspiring, with a clear focus on academic rigour. We believe this can be achieved through a strong commitment to the skills of reading, writing and maths, combined with an appreciation and understanding of science, humanities, the arts, technology and sport. Our aim is to develop children who are confident, aspirational and well-rounded individuals who are able to express themselves, read, write, work confidently with numbers and have a good knowledge and understanding of the world around them.

We know that children learn best when they are interested and enthused by a subject and our curriculum is designed to be flexible enough to allow for short context based topics that can last for a week or two that are driven by children's interests or contemporary events.

With the exception of the Reception class, our children are taught in mixed aged classes in Year 1/2, Year 3/4 and Year 5/6. Therefore, our curriculum is designed around a 2 year programme which ensures that all the relevant learning objectives for both year groups are met during the two years that the children will be in that particular class.

Every class has a daily Literacy and Maths lesson as well as 2 hours of PE a week. Children in Years 1 and 2 also have daily phonics teaching as do any older children if it is needed. The other curriculum subjects are generally taught through a creative, topic based approach which allows children to make secure links in their learning and to provide a more immersive learning experience. However, there are occasions when subjects are taught separately when the need arises.

We follow the Read, Write, Inc programme for phonics. We use the Oxford Reading Tree and Project X for our school reading schemes.

We ensure that each termly topic includes the following features, all linked to the topic or theme:

  • A class novel which the children read and study throughout the term
  • A class visit or visitor, designed to inspire and enthuse
  • Opportunities for Drama and Philosophy activities
  • Opportunities for learning outside the classroom
  • Local and/or topical elements

Our medium term planning also identifies which National Curriculum objectives are being covered throughout the topic. This allows us to ensure complete coverage of the National Curriculum in every subject and in every year group throughout our two year curriculum. However, we aim to be flexible, innovative and responsive in our teaching and our curriculum is constantly evolving.

Medium term plans for each class are available at the bottom of this page.

Curriculum coverage plans for each subject are also available at the bottom of this page.

The following information explains how we cover the Programmes of Study in each subject in the National Curriculum:

The following information explains how we teach subjects which are not part of the National Curriculum but which form part of our school curriculum: