Curriculum

img_6699_forwebAt Apley Wood Primary School we deliver an imaginative and inspiring curriculum with a focus on key skills and independence to ensure our children understand the diversity of the world around us, their place within it and the skills they need to succeed. To do this we have a strong ethos of hard work coupled with fun and engaging learning opportunities. We have strong links with our local community and operate an open door policy inviting the school community and external visitors into our school frequently.

We are proud to be recognised as a NCSL National Support School and hold the ‘Achievement for All’ Quality Mark and Lead School status (January 2017), the School Games Gold Award (July 17) and the Primary Science Quality Mark Gold Award (July 17) This reflects the broad and balanced curriculum on offer to all of our children. We are a ‘Future in Mind’ school practising an approach to ensure the well-being of our pupils leading to happy, confident and resilient lifelong learners.

Part of our vision is for every pupil to achieve the highest possible standards in the core subject areas of the National Curriculum. Our creative approach enables these skills to be applied through the Foundation Subjects including History, Geography, Computing, Art, Design and Technology, Religious Education and French. These subjects are delivered and ‘launched’ through real life experiences provided by Educational Visits and specialist visitors, drama and role-play. Our pupils take part in a rich and varied Physical Education curriculum which enables pupils to compete in a diverse range of sports. All pupils in year 4 take part in additional music lessons delivered by music specialists, in addition to curriculum music lessons. This inspires all pupils to learn a range of instruments, perform and appreciate a love of music. Pupils enjoy singing and have the opportunity to join the school choir and have performed at the LG Arena in Birmingham as part of ‘Young Voices’ for the past three years. Through ‘British Values’ and ‘Building Learning Power’, pupils celebrate their differences and similarities and the strengths and successes found in each other, an important part of each child’s personal, social and moral development.

Read more about our curriculum on the pages below:

Curriculum Overview
Curriculum Policies
Useful Curriculum Links
Feedback & Marking
Pupil feedback makes the biggest possible difference in supporting learning and helping children make the best possible progress. This comes in a variety of forms from verbal feedback, pupil self-assessment and feedback in marking. At Apley Wood we are proud of the way we have developed a culture of feedback in marking. We provide children with opportunities to address misconceptions (‘Close the Gap’ tasks), offering them extension tasks (which can be in the form of ‘Convince me..’ statements and next steps.
 
Handwriting
We encourage excellence in everything we do and this includes handwriting. The children are taught a pre-cursive style of handwriting in reception and year 1. By year 2 we expect the majority of children to be writing in a cursive handwriting style. If a child produces consistently good handwriting in all books then we will quickly move them on to writing in pen.