Curriculum

In response to a Government initiative giving every school the opportunity to develop its own curriculum, we have planned a curriculum that is creative, fun and focused upon skills. The Curriculum includes all of the planned activities which we organise in order to promote learning, as well as personal growth and development. It includes not only the National Curriculum, but also the range of extra-curricular activities which the school arranges in order to enrich the learning experience for our pupils. It also includes the ‘hidden’ curriculum – what the children learn from the way they are treated and how they are expected to behave as learners.

Teaching
Teaching is guided by our children’s prior knowledge and experiences. With clear objectives and high, yet achievable expectations, we aim to fulfil their learning potential. We encourage children to interact socially, with staff acting as inspirational role models who present a professional image.

Creativity
We are committed to providing a curriculum where learning is exciting and engaging. The creative curriculum provides innovative learning experiences for our children with a particular focus on creativity.

Staff plan creative topics which cover the required elements of the National Curriculum by combining several subjects or concepts together, making the learning exciting for the children.   In teaching we ask children to use previous knowledge and experiences to explore possibilities and question, challenge and review their own progress.

Learning
We recognise that children learn best through a variety of learning styles (visual, auditory and kinaesthetic) and purposeful and experiential opportunities. This takes place when children are motivated, challenged and actively involved in their own learning.

Real life experiences are the mainstay of our teaching and learning. Residential and day trips are part of our pupils’ learning. Artefacts, visits, specialists, etc are used to support and enhance teaching. These together inspire and motivate children. A topic approach is taken so that wherever possible good links can be made in all subjects areas.  Learning is in context and purposeful.

Maths is currently taught as a discrete subject and not linked to the creative curriculum. However, there are regular opportunities for children to use and apply their Maths skills across the curriculum, outside of the scheduled Maths lesson.

The aims of our school curriculum are:

  • to enable all children to learn and develop their skills to the best of their ability;
  • to promote a positive attitude towards learning, so that children enjoy coming to school, and acquire a solid basis for lifelong learning;
  • to teach children basic skills in English and Maths;
  • to enable children to become independent learners;
  • to enable children to be creative and to develop their own thinking;
  • to nurture and encourage individual talents and interests;
  • to teach children about their developing world, including how their environment and society have changed over time;
  • to help children understand Britain’s cultural heritage;
  • to enable children to lead a healthy lifestyle and make informed choices;
  • to help children understand the importance of truth and fairness, so that they grow up committed to equal opportunities for all;
  • to enable children to have respect for themselves and high self-esteem, and to be able to live and work co-operatively with others.

Through our curriculum we aim to:

  • build on prior knowledge and learning;
  • respond to pupils’ diverse needs;
  • cater for a range of learning styles;
  • encourage full and active participation by all children irrespective of age, gender, social and cultural background, religion, ethnic origin, ability and those who face additional challenges in their lives.

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Ashchurch Primary School

Ashchurch Road, Tewkesbury,

Gloucestershire GL20 8LA


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Headteacher: Richard Gibson

01684 292376

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