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Askern Moss Road Infant Academy

Askern Moss Road Infant Academy

Curriculum and Classes

At Askern Moss Road Infant Academy, we believe that children deserve a broad, balanced, high-quality curriculum, rich in knowledge, skills and meaningful experiences. We aim for children to be engaged and active in their learning through a range of topics, subjects and lessons. We also believe that every child should have the opportunity to develop and build their independence, self-esteem and self-confidence to become lifelong learners. 

As reflected in our school improvement plan, we are currently developing our curriculum, with our main aim being to provide exciting, stimulating, connected learning through a cross-curricular approach which fully absorbs the children.

Our revised curriculum is based on a child-centred pedagogy we call The Four Cornerstones. It forms the basis of everything we do and provides our school with the foundations on which to build a rich and deep, exciting curriculum which fosters a love of learning.

The Cornerstones Curriculum helps children to:

  • learn about a range of interesting topics in creative ways
  • develop skills, deep knowledge and understanding in a range of subjects
  • make meaningful cross-curricular links
  • identify their interests and develop their passions
  • find out about themselves, the wider world and their place in it
  • develop their confidence, resilience, happiness and well-being.

We have planned our curriculum content, to ensure full coverage and delivery of Curriculum 2014 through topics which are relevant and of interest to the children. Our curriculum reflects the individual nature of our school together with prescribed elements from the national curriculum. The needs and interests of our children drive what is happening in our school, with children's achievement levels the starting point for all curriculum planning.

We believe that every childhood matters and that the innate qualities children have, including creativity, curiosity and a love of learning, should be fully nurtured. We recognise that all pupils are entitles to have access to a broad range of learning experiences. This will allow them to develop the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes necessary for their self-fulfilment, and to enable them to become responsible citizens in the 2st century.

The curriculum is regularly reviewed at phase and whole school levels, with feedback from pupil and parental voice. All stakeholders therefore have ownership of the curriculum at Askern Moss Road Infant Academy.

Key Aims of Moss Road’s Curriculum 

  • To provide opportunities for all pupils to learn and to achieve irrespective of social background, culture, race, gender, difference in ability and disabilities.
  • To help children to develop lively, enquiring minds, the ability to question and argue rationally, and to apply themselves to tasks and physical skills.
  • To provide skills of English, Maths and Information & Communication Technology, helping them to develop enquiring minds and the ability to think rationally.
  • To develop a curriculum which promotes children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and supports them in developing principles for distinguishing between right and wrong.
  • To encourage children to think creatively and critically.
  • To develop the children’s physical skills and promote their personal, social, health and emotional well-being.
  • To help children to understand the world in which they live and the interdependence of individuals, groups and nations.
  • To actively 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
  • To help children to understand the world in which they live and the interdependence of individuals, groups and nations.
  • To help children to appreciate human achievements and aspirations.

We believe that the curriculum should stimulate an enjoyment of and a commitment to learning, to encourage the best possible progress and the highest attainment for all pupils, preparing them effectively for the next steps in their education.

Curriculum Organisation

The general principles within which the curriculum will develop are contained in the Education Reform Act. The Act also sets out key features that must figure in every pupil’s curriculum.

  • Religious Education
  • The National Curriculum for children of compulsory school age

The National Curriculum comprises:

Four Core Subjects: English, Mathematics, ICT, Science

Foundation Subjects: History, Geography, Design Technology, Art, Music, Physical Education

These ten subjects are not intended to be a complete curriculum and other aspects of our curriculum include Personal, Health and Social Education.

An approximate number of hours of taught time are spent weekly as follows:

  • 5 hours for Year 1
  • 5 hours for Year 2

Key Stage One 

Learning takes place through Imaginative Learning Projects with the following structure:

Engage  Our projects begin with a memorable, sensory experience which, where possible, promotes the use of the environment.

  • Hook learners in with a memorable experience.
  • Set the scene and provide the context for learning.  
  • Ask questions to find out children's interests.
  • Spark children's curiosity using interesting starting points.

Develop –Subjects are then explored more deeply through a range of quality learning experiences

  • Teach facts and information for deeper understanding and knowledge. 
  • Demonstrate new skills and allow time for consolidation. 
  • Provide creative opportunities for making and doing.
  • Deliver reading, writing and talking across the curriculum

Innovate- this stage of the children’s learning challenges their creative thinking and enables them to apply their learned skills and knowledge

  • Provide imaginative scenarios that encourage creative thinking.
  • Enable children to apply previously learned skills.
  • Encourage enterprise and independent thinking.
  • Provide opportunities for collaborative working and problem solving.

Express- this element requires the children to share their learning with others

  • Provide environments for reflective talk.
  • Create opportunities for shared evaluation.  
  • Celebrate and share children's success. 
  • Identify next steps for learning.