September 2014 has seen the introduction of a new primary curriculum. Staff at Archdeacon Cambridge’s CE Primary School have worked together to produce a curriculum which is dynamic, broad, child centred, creative and exciting. Our curriculum aims to provide children with the knowledge and skills they need to become independent thinkers who will progress through secondary school and beyond, preparing them for life in 21st Century Britain.
At Archdeacon Cambridge CE Primary School we recognise that children need a curriculum that is wider than that identified by the National Curriculum. As a Church of England School, Religious Education sits at the heart of all learning, with worship incorporating the National Society’s Christian Values. We also ensure that learning opportunities are planned which include aspects of globalisation, environmental learning, sustainability, local community responsibility and enterprise.
We are confident that through the dedication of all our staff we can ensure that all children receive a curriculum that is inspiring and appropriate to them as individuals.
The books which provide the core theme for each half term are carefully chosen to cover the full range of genres, real and fictional worlds, heroes and heroines and opportunities to discuss moral and social dilemmas. As in RE, children are encouraged through discussion and drama, to explore their responses to the lives, problems and values of others and the social restraints or opportunities characters encounter. We acknowledge the enabling capacity of the arts to develop imagination, inspiration, co-operation, self-confidence and tenacity, while communicating moral and social values. Through debate, role play, writing for a variety of purposes, poetry and play scripts the children are able to express their understanding of the richness and challenge of the lives of others.
Subject Specific Information
A context for Maths in everyday life
Knowledge and use of Mathematics and Mental Maths skills are extended throughout the years in each Key Stage. Regular assessment at individual, group and class level ensure challenge and support for all children and as progress is tracked, that children acquire the knowledge and skills they need to be successful mathematicians. Where possible RE, English ‘Core texts’, Science, Geography, Art and Design Technology, History, French and Music all provide a context for Maths in everyday life. The purposefulness of Foundation Stage children cooperatively matching blocks to build a stable wall and Year 2 children accurately estimating the capacity of different sized containers becomes the Year 6 pupils checking the measurements provided by a supplier of white lining for the Key Stage 2 playground to ensure the bill is correct.
Every year we are excited to welcome 10 eggs in an incubator. Children and adults from Nursery to Year 6 are enthralled to watch the transition from egg to fluffy chick. This experience is used as a stimulus for learning about living things and life cycles.
Outdoors learning environment
Learning outdoors is part of childhood and remains as part of the curriculum throughout the school. In Foundation Stage the children have daily access to their own Wildlife Area as they choose activities to explore. Teachers plan for specific outdoor areas as a focus. The use of our Wildlife Area at the back of the school with its Stag Beetle Fortress, child friendly pond, outdoor classroom and specially designed habitats providing homes for a wide range of insects and other creatures, offers learning across all areas of the curriculum. The area set aside for herbs and vegetables provides some produce for our school kitchen and also an opportunity for children to experience the whole cycle of food production through to consumption on a small scale. We reuse and recycle whenever and wherever we can giving children first hand experience of sustainability in action. All year groups use the Wildlife Area whether for Maths, RE, Science or as a stimulus for writing and contribute to the annual cycle of growing vegetables and plants.
The school is fortunate to have a large playground and to be able to use Twickenham Green for sporting activities. We also have a covered, heated swimming pool on site. Children have two hours PE time each week which is divided into one hour outdoor games and a second hour which is used for gymnastics, swimming and dance at different times of the year. In games lessons children learn the skills to take part in team games and to develop their individual abilities. Teams from the school take part in all Borough wide tournaments in recent years our cricket team has been very successful at Borough, Pan London and County level earning them a trophy and a trip to Lords.
Drama and the Performing Arts
Although not timetabled as a subject, drama and the performing arts are very much part of our curriculum offering children another medium through which they can express their thoughts and ideas. Year group assemblies, displays, exhibitions, instrument tuition, participation in the Infant and Junior choirs, History Days such as Victorian, Tudor and Roman days, RE day, Maths Week, Book Week, the celebration of the European Day of Languages and concerts are all expressions of the talents and learning opportunities developed through the curriculum. Regular visits are made to theatres, museums, galleries and historical houses as we move our curriculum out into the local environment.
Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education
At Archdeacon Cambridge’s CE Primary School, we use the National Curriculum as the starting point for all of our teaching in PSHE. The PSHE curriculum and skills progression for each year group has been developed by the school teaching staff, allowing us to create links between subjects and inspiring our children to learn.
Our main aim in this subject is to create children who become confident individuals who are physically, emotionally and socially healthy. To become responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society and embrace change. To be able to manage risks together and think of their own and others well-being.
We teach a broad and balanced curriculum, enriching lessons with visits to areas of interest as well as in-school workshops from visiting drama companies or public speakers. We also promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. Actively promoting the values means challenging opinions or behaviours in school that are contrary to fundamental British values. Children have been learning about British Values through PSHE as well as during RE lessons and Collective Worship.
As part of PSHE we have a School Council who are a representative group of students who have been proposed and elected by their peers to represent their views and raise issues with the Staff and Governors of our school.
Please see the curriculum overviews in the Year Groups section of the website to learn more about how PSHE fits into the cross curricular learning at our school.
In this section of our website you will find our over-arching curriculum grid which shows the areas to be explored in each subject area in each year group.
Our teaching and learning includes all statutory areas of the curriculum. Whether teaching in Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2 teachers strive to plan lessons, activities, visitors and trips which stimulate curiosity, engage interest and make lessons enjoyable. The curriculum for each of the stages provides a balance appropriate to the child’s age.
Each Key Stage is divided into year groups as shown below;
Nursery 3-4 years
Reception 4-5 years
Key Stage 1
Year 1 5-6 years
Year 2 6-7 years
Key Stage 2
Year 3 7-8 years
Year 4 8-9 years
Year 5 9-10 years
Year 6 10-11 years
All parents are invited to a year group Curriculum Evening at the start of the school year during which class teachers explain the content of the curriculum to be covered. An information evening explaining how we teach reading is also offered to parents during the autumn term. Further information about how we teach reading at Archdeacon Cambridge’s School can be downloaded below.
In addition, all parents receive written information detailing the curriculum to be covered at the start of each half term. Links to examples of half termly curriculum information sheets are to be found within information about each Key Stage as set out below.
Following consultation with parents, the school usually offers an information evening for parents in the spring and summer term providing opportunities for learning more about other subjects. Previous information evenings have included Maths, Science, Internet Safety, Modern Foreign Languages and Writing.
Parent Teacher Pupil Progress Meetings take place in the Autumn and Spring Terms. This is an opportunity for parents to meet with their child’s Class Teacher. The meetings are an important part of working with parents to ensure that children make good progress each year and achieve the best they can.