Synergy Multi-Academy Trust is made up of schools, both secondary and primary, from north Norfolk. The Trust was initially established by Reepham High School and College in 2015. Our vision is simple; for all of our schools to work together to provide teaching and learning of the highest quality and for all of them to provide an exceptional range of educational experiences and opportunities.
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Our Curriculum Approach is ACE
Astley Curriculum Experience (ACE)
ACE is an inspiring, aspirational, challenging and inclusive learning experience for every single child which enables them to become kind and respectful lifelong learners who have CHOICE.
Astley Primary School will provide a curriculum which, inspires, challenges and safeguards all our pupils. We are proud to use the national curriculum as a starting point for a wide and varied learning experience for all our children. Our children will have the opportunity to be creative, to be physically active and to be academically challenged.
We provide our children with a rich, diverse and balanced curriculum map which is based on a two year rolling plan.
We aim to ensure our pupils are:
- successful lifelong learners – who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
- confident individuals – who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
- responsible citizens – who make a positive contribution to society
The school has three National Curriculum Key Stages within its age range: EYFS for children aged 4-5, Key Stage One (KS1) for children aged 5-7, and Key Stage Two (KS2) for children aged 7-11.
The EYFS covers personal, social, and emotional development, communication, language and literacy, problem solving, reasoning and numeracy, knowledge and understanding of the world and physical and creative development. This follows Development Matters and is assessed against the Early learning Goals (ELG) at the end of the school year.
We follow the Read Write Inc scheme for Phonics. This is a synthetic phonics based programme which is a lively and consistent approach to success in raising standards in reading. This programme is designed to stimulate and challenge children’s thinking and create enthusiastic, lifelong readers and writers in them all. The five key principles of the Read, Write Inc. programme are: Participation, Praise, Pace, Purpose and Passion.
For writing we have separate Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar sessions and use the National Curriculum objectives as a starting point. For writing, we adopt a text based approach which aims to inspire, enthuse and engage all of our learners to develop their writing skills and stamina.
We follow the national curriculum objectives for mathematics. We plan against the national curriculum expectations for all our pupils, tracking progress daily to ensure progress is rapid. Teachers plan opportunities for reasoning and problem solving skills to ensure these are embedded throughout the week. We also use ‘Active Maths’ to support, consolidate and enhance.
Our Curriculum Approach is ACE
Astley Curriculum Experience (ACE)
Religious Education is a legal entitlement for every pupil. It forms part of the basic curriculum (National Curriculum + RE). Its place in the school curriculum acknowledges the important role which beliefs and values play in people’s lives, regardless of any religious commitments. Religious Education at Astley is provided in accordance with the Norfolk Agreed Syllabus 2005 and 2012.
The teaching of Primary Languages (PL) at Astley is in line with the existing guidance of the KS2 Framework for Languages (2005) and the Framework’s 5 strands and objectives are at the core of our planning. One of the key models as suggested by the framework is to learn 2 languages in 4 years. The aim of this is so by the end of their time at primary school the children will have a range of experiences in both French and Spanish. Teachers plan using the objectives and support and enhance using Dinocrocs, Early Start and Rigolo.
All classes use the REAL PE programme and have a minimum of 2 hours of high quality PE within the week.
At Astley Primary School, our vision for Physical Education is that every child should have the opportunity to take part in physical activity and learn skills on a regular basis to become confident, competent and a lifelong learner.
Our aim at Astley is to develop a holistic approach to children’s development through six main areas of focus; personal, social, cognitive, creative, physical and health and fitness. This ACE approach intends on developing happy, confident and kind individuals who are ready to contribute to and engage with life after Astley.
We hope to provide children with a range of fun sporting opportunities both inside and outside of school in order to develop a love for sport through a range of competitive and non-competitive sports. Through Physical Education and Sport, children will also learn to develop qualities including resilience, determination, honesty, communication, teamwork and ambition.
We are keen to develop skills helping children to know how to make challenges appropriate for their own level of learning and reward personal achievements, making Physical Education inclusive for all. This hopefully will instil a passion for sports that children can apply both now and later on in their lives.
We provide opportunities for children to take part in a mixture of aerobic exercises and work to strengthen their bones and muscles. We aim to do this through at least 2 hours of Physical Education during the week. On top of this as we strive to develop the whole child holistically at Astley we are active as much as possible through activities like Active Maths, The Daily Mile and understanding a balanced diet.
We actively promote our British Values of:
- rule of the law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
We embed these through an open minded enquiry throughout our International Primary Curriculum, RE curriculum, School council, assemblies and daily ethos within school life.
We also have a British Values question each week. Each class answers this through a class discussion and their ideas are shared on our British Values display board.
ACE Focus Days/Weeks
ACE ‘Focus Days and weeks’ are a large part of our curriculum. These include opportunities for the children to focus on one particular area for an extended period of time; thus enriching their skills, knowledge and experience of the subject. For example, Maths Focus Day, European Languages Day, Science Day, Active Week and Arts Week. We have a rolling plan of at least one every half term.
We are committed to developing the whole child. We extend the curriculum by offering extra-curricular activities, including Book, Energy, Forest Schools Football, Dance, Homework, Knit and Stitch, Science, Ukulele, Running and Choir.
The school has a strong commitment to the added value of learning beyond the statutory school day and beyond the school premises by the use of carefully planned trips. Each class has an enriching day trip at least once a term and Year 6 enjoy a residential visit.