Key Stage One and Two
Fostering creativity and innovation is a key part of the teaching at Ayresome Primary School. The school has written its own bespoke curriculum for September 2019.
We are following a thematic approach to creative learning, with subjects being taught discretely as required. The school is passionate and works hard to provide a broad, balanced and challenging curriculum for all pupils. The new National Curriculum 2014, sets out what is to be taught to Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils.
Children’s work is continually assessed, summatively at the end of every term and progress data collated which allows Senior Leadership and teachers to monitor progress and evaluate needs. Work is planned according to the requirements and abilities of the child. In most curriculum areas, children work in a variety of groupings and individually.
Phonics at KS1
The children at Ayresome follow Read, Write Inc. and this programme has produced good results in the end of Year 1 testing outcomes in 2016 with a rising trend over two years. The programme is designed to enable all children to develop a strong phonological awareness. Workshops to assist parents will be run throughout the school year from September 2016.
Science is taught using the Programmes of Study from the new National Curriculum. Children gain experience of scientific experiments and the investigation process. These are designed to encourage the development of scientific thinking, supported by sound concepts, knowledge and skills in order to enable children to develop a greater understanding of the world around them.
A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.
Computing has deep links with mathematics, science and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.
Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
Ayresome is a designated Lego School Hub. In order to build creativity, control and technology capacity we equip learners for their technology based lifestyles. We have a dedicated LEGO Studio and offer out reach support and service level agreements to primary schools across the region, please contact Karla White or Office staff on 01642 244961, option 9.
Historical, Geographical and Social Understanding
The historical aspects of this area of the curriculum are aimed at developing the children’s understanding of how the world has changed and the influences of the past upon the present. Pupils work with a wide range of evidence, including pictures, artifacts, film and written sources. They investigate this material, form ideas and judgments about the past and communicate their developing knowledge and understanding in a variety of ways.
The geographical aspects of this area of the curriculum are concerned with the study of places and the human and physical processes which shape them. It helps pupils to make sense of their surroundings in the wider world. Off-site visits are arranged to expand their knowledge and experience. Our local area is a rich resource which is studied throughout the Key Stage. It is then compared with other areas of our own country, Europe and the rest of the world.
School follows the Middlesbrough SACRE recommendations for teaching Religious Education. School now follows a thematic approach to celebrating the festival year for a number of key religions. In R.E., we seek to develop children’s knowledge and understanding of Christianity and of the other major world religions. Children are also encouraged to reflect upon the meaning behind stories, festivals and religious observances, and to relate this meaning to aspects of their own lives. Parents have a statutory right to withdraw their children from Religious Education and/or Collective Worship, and should inform the Headteacher in writing if they wish to exercise this right. In these circumstances, we encourage parents to send in appropriate alternative work for their child; usually materials provided by the faith community to which the family belongs.
Music plays a valued role in the life of our school and ice celebrated widely in the local area. All children participate in musical activities. Curriculum music takes a variety of forms, ranging from learning to interpret existing music, to composing simple pieces individually or in groups. Year 4/5/6 are given the opportunity to learn an instrument for the year . There are further opportunities to make music outside the classroom situation and the school.
Our choir performs in joint musical ventures within the community and other schools in the area. Visiting peripatetic teachers offer a range instrumental tuition. Please contact the School Office for details.
We view Art as a means of deepening each child’s creative understanding. Our aim is to further aesthetic appreciation and development. Children are taught a range of techniques and use a variety of materials to help them to appreciate the possibilities when working with different media. Through display, we make our learning environment stimulating and pleasant. We celebrate children’s own work, as well as aiming to heighten their visual and tactile awareness.
In Design Technology, children learn to think purposefully and creatively to solve practical problems. Initially they focus on designing and creating models/equipment to meet a stated design brief. Within the safe environment of the classroom, the children then gain practical experience of the disassembly and assembly of models using a range of materials and tools. Finally they reflect upon and evaluate their designs to make sure the model or equipment is ultimately fit for purpose.
Ayresome prides itself on offering an outstanding range of activities, resources and skilled teaching. We aim to develop a life-long enjoyment of all forms of physical education by introducing the children to a wide range of activities. All pupils are taught the skills of football, hockey, tag rugby, gym, netball, cricket, rounders and dance.
Athletic activities are offered during the summer months and Year 1 children participate in swimming lessons at a local centre. Children are encouraged to represent the school in team sports and play against other schools regularly. Outdoor and adventurous activities take place throughout Key Stage 2 , both on and off site.
Cross-Curricular Weeks and Days
We regularly hold whole school cross-curricular weeks and days based around a central theme. We also have specific activity sessions with visiting artists and sports coaches for each year group. Check out our International Week page and STEM Week page to see some of the things we do.
At Ayresome we aim to maximise every child’s potential through the provision of extra-curricular opportunities and we provide an impressive range of extra activities that we are very proud of. The school has an excellent sporting reputation and has achieved considerable success in inter school leagues and festivals and at regional level. We have a commitment to developing healthy and active children through excellent P.E. provision. Further opportunities are available for the children to develop other interests, in music with the School Choir, Computing, Art and Cookery Clubs. The school has ambitions to be a Green Flag School and is starting the Eco Warriors Club across school to promote this with Mrs Steele. The School Parliament also promotes health and well-being issues within the school community.
Personal, Social and Health Education
At Ayresome, we follow the Jigsaw PSHCE scheme.
Jigsaw PSHCE brings together Personal, Social, Health and Economic education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a lesson-a-week programme.
Designed as a whole school approach, Jigsaw provides a comprehensive scheme of learning for Foundation Stage to Year 6.
Please click JIGSAW to find out more about what we do from the Jigsaw website.
Health Education is taught as part of PSHCE and Science. The topics covered are taught at a level appropriate to the age and understanding of the children. When Sex and Relationships Education is to be covered in the curriculum, parents are offered the opportunity to view the teaching materials used with the children. Parents may withdraw their child from this aspect of the curriculum if they wish to do so and should put any such requests in writing to the Headteacher.