At Abbey Woods Academy our curriculum is designed to encourage a love of learning and challenge. We recognise and celebrate effort, as well as achievement; and place equal emphasis on developing our learners academically and socially. Mistakes are an important part of the learning journey and through experiencing difficulty; our learners are able to extend themselves to meet their full potential. This builds our pupils’ resilience to challenge and aims to nurture the skills to support life-long learning.
A love of reading is embedded into our curriculum, where topics are linked to a quality text and each class has a wide range of enjoyable, age-appropriate texts for our learners to explore. Our foundation subjects are all linked into our class texts and this allows for links to be made between the different areas of the National Curriculum in a meaningful, engaging way. Our learners are active participants in the learning and skilful questioning allows our learners to think in different ways. Our school motto to ‘challenge’ or ‘support’ the opinions and ideas of others, allows for deeper thinking and encourages our children to be active participants in their learning.
The theme of deeper thinking carries into the teaching of Maths. Through use of the Maths No Problem scheme, we are aiming for subject mastery, and for our learners to apply their learning and skills in different contexts and to a greater depth. Problem solving is an important part of our school-wide Maths curriculum.
At Abbey woods we aim to ensure that knowledge, understanding and enthusiasm for learning keeps growing and developing. We make the most of the opportunities to engage our learners, encourage purposeful links with core subjects and skills. We enliven experiences through visits and trips and exploring useful resources for enriched, enjoyable experiences. Expert teaching has supported our aim to broaden the learning opportunity and our children are now experiencing; creating large scale art pieces, learning judo, making music under the guidance of a musician, learning to play instruments and being trained by specialist PE coaches.
Parental involvement is a significant part of learning and it is important to us that parents feel involved and able to support their children. Curriculum booklets are therefore sent out for each new topic, to share the term’s learning. Parent workshops are also taking place so that we can aid the parents in the skills and knowledge needed to further support their children.
Curriculum plans for individual year groups can be found on the relevant year group pages.
For an overview of the curriculum we follow, please use this link.
In KS1 we use the phonics scheme ‘Letters and Sounds’. Please contact your child’s class teacher for more information.