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 NCTL 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 Silver 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 the teaching of ‘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.

Mastery And Greater Depth In English

We offer a mastery curriculum for all learners by providing frequent opportunities for our pupils to write about real life contexts and across the curriculum.  Our mastery English curriculum offer is taught through immersion in a high quality text to develop young learners who have fluency and depth of understanding in a range of reading, writing, grammar and punctuation skills.

Our mastery curriculum offer will ensure that some pupils are able to work at greater depth.  This is achieved when children are able to apply their English skills across a range of areas and subjects.   Learners will be able to apply their reading, spelling and grammatical knowledge and their understanding of different genres.  As resilient, resourceful learners, who are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning, our pupils are equipped with the skills they require to carefully select appropriate resources to support their learning.

Maths
Vision Statement

We aim to enthuse children in order to develop their thirst for mathematical knowledge.  We do this by teaching mathematics through real life contexts and providing frequent opportunities to problem solve and reason across the curriculum.  We aim to ensure that children are equipped with the fundamentals of how maths works through a weekly focus on mathematical fluency.  We use effective Afl strategies to identify gaps in knowledge and skills and then close these as quickly as possible through targeted interventions.

Master And Greater Depth In Mathematics

We offer a mastery curriculum for all learners by providing frequent opportunities for our pupils to problem solve and reason within real life contexts and across the curriculum.  Our mastery curriculum offer provides opportunities for pupils to learn through a range of carefully planned concrete, pictorial and abstract learning experiences.

Our mastery curriculum offer will ensure that some pupils are able to work at greater depth.  This is achieved when children are able to see mathematical connections and apply their mathematical skills across a range of areas.   Learners will be able to make generalisations, conjecture relationships and provide levels of proof.  As resilient, resourceful learners, who are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning, our pupils are equipped with the skills they require to carefully select appropriate resources to support their learning.