Our ACE Curriculum
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.
Our vision is to be ACE – to provide an ASTLEY CURRICULUM EXPERIENCE that is inclusive, enriching and enables progression to be a kind and respectful lifelong learner.
Curriculum Leaders have worked hard to carefully map out their subjects. This began with a Vision Document which outlines the INTENT of each subject, to make the education for Astley children the best it can be.
Each Curriculum Leader has designed their subject progressively from Bears (EYFS) to Sharks (Y6) to reflect the needs of our children.
Each Curriculum Leader has an ACE book which showcases their subject and shows evidence of intent, implementation and impact. Curriculum Leaders attend termly meetings with SLT to explore their subject in depth and monitor impact of their intent and implementation. ACE Focus Days enrich each curriculum area. ACE is shared weekly with the school community via the Astley Advertiser.
Our ACE Next Steps:
- Monitor the implementation of the ACE curriculum through the triangulation of teaching and learning.
- Meet with Curriculum Leaders to monitor intent, implementation and impact.
- Monitor the offer of each subject to ensure equality to all learners – we are all ACE learners.
- Ongoing feedback and monitoring of the ACE curriculum, taking into account the views of the whole school community.
Most of our Foundation subjects will be taught through Cornerstones where children will progress through four stages of learning in each ILP – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express. Our bespoke curriculum areas (Life Skills, PE, Music and French) are outlined separately below. To find out more about these stages please click the logo to access the Cornerstones website.
Our Curriculum Overviews 2023-2024
Our Curriculum Approach is ACE
Astley Curriculum Experience (ACE)
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.
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.
We have 'Big Read' 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 use the White Rose scheme as a base for our curriculum, which provides a clear progression of skills, building upon prior knowledge and ensuring full coverage of the National Curriculum objectives. At the beginning of each area of learning, children complete a short ‘pre-assessment’ (quiz) to assess how much they already know about the specific area of Maths. These pre-assessments enable teachers to plan more accurately for their classes needs. After a sequence of learning has been taught, children complete a ‘post-assessment’ to measure progress throughout the sequence. At Astley we also use ‘Active Maths’ to support, consolidate and enhance children’s understanding in maths, whilst continuing to build on previous learning.
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 RE curriculum, weekly learning themes, daily act of kindness, School Council, assemblies and daily ethos within school life.
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 Dance, Netball, Choir, Craft, Games, Knit and Stitch, Circuits and Homework.
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.