Alvaston Junior Academy

Alvaston Junior Academy

Curriculum Map

In Autumn 2014 the school completed a full curriculum review to ensure that we are teaching the full requirements of the new national curriculum in an engaging way which will ensure our pupils achieve their academic potential. We use a topic based approach to deliver the learning intentions required in the curriculum for science, history, geography, art, music, design and technology. Computing is used as a tool to learn about and demonstrate learning of these subject areas as well as being taught as a subject in its own right. Religious Education is taught via the Derby City programme of study interjected with a rolling programme of learning about and celebrating festivals of the most significant world faiths. which encourages our pupils to show mutual respect and tolerance of those with different beliefs and faiths. Social, moral, spiritual and cultural education is taught within all subject areas as well as explicitly to ensure our children develop an understanding of British values.

English and Maths are key subject areas for the school and as such are planned for separately from other subjects using guidance from the literacy and numeracy strategies. However where possible and appropriate links are made to our science and foundation subjects curriculum to provide an audience and purpose for our work. Our topic choices are influenced by the view of the children to enable us to use their own interests and motivations to learn. We also incorporate significant world events when appropriate.

Historically our topics have included; Films, Sherwood Forest, Olympics, World War 2, Animals & The Deadly 60, Travel, Around the World, World Wildlife Fund, Titanic, Ready Steady Cook. Our revised curriculum has increased emphasis on what it means to be a citizen of Britain today. Our topics are varied to incorporate current issues and hot topics as well as areas of pupil interests. See our section on British Values to see how these are embedded in our curriculum.

Click here to view our 2016-2017 curriculum map.

Whole School Activities:

School Council – canvassing, voting, elections and implementation [values developed equality/democracy/ rules and laws]

Festival Assemblies – celebration of faiths and religions by each year group linked to significant events in the religious calenday [tolerance/respect/value/equality]

Community Links – Elvaston Lodge Residential Home, St. Michael’s Church, The Food Bank, Alvo Boys Football Team, Armed Forces Day [care/ respect/value]

Fundraising Activities – NSPCC, Genes for Jeans, Macmillan Nurses, World Widlife Fund, Cancer research, Children In Need, Red Nose Day, Derby Lions Club, Clic Sergeant, Sport Relief, Autism Awareness, Childline, Readwell, Rahl Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, Annabel’s Angels, Rainbows Hospice The Hope Centre, Salvation Army [care for local and wider community/respect]

If you would like to know more about the curriculum, please contact your child’s class teacher or the school office.

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