At Ash Grange we create learning opportunities that stimulate and challenge, which enable each child to achieve their potential.
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum from Preschool to the end of Reception Year, then the children move on the National Curriculum for the rest of their primary school years (Year 1 to Year 6).
We have invested in the Cornerstones Curriculum, which supplies the teachers with exciting interactive projects that stimulate the children to learn the facts and apply all the skills of the national curriculum.
Each half term the children study one project. The teaching staff assess each child's current ability and then plan differentiated learning for them to achieve their potential and make good rates of progress. You can find out all about what the children are learning by going to the year group page.
Each project has four different stages:
Engage stage (1 week), this is when the children:
- gain memorable first-hand experiences, such as going on a visit or inviting a special visitor into school
- enjoy ‘WOW’ experiences
- get an exciting introduction to a topic or theme
- begin researching and setting enquiry questions
- get lots of opportunities to make observations
- develop spoken language skills
- take part in sensory activities
- have lots of fun to fully 'engage' with their new topic.
Develop Stage (3-4 weeks, depending on the length of a half term), this is when the children:
- improve their knowledge and understanding of the topic
- develop and practice their new skills
- compose, make, do, build, investigate, explore, write for different purposes and read across the curriculum
- research their own questions and those set by others
- follow new pathways of enquiry based on their interests
- complete homework activities that support their learning.
Innovate Stage (1 week), this is when the children:
- apply skills, knowledge and understanding in real-life contexts
- solve real or imagined problems using everything they’ve learnt
- get inspired by imaginative and creative opportunities
- revisit anything not fully grasped at the ‘Develop’ stage.
Express Stage (1 week), this is when the children:
- become the performers, experts and informers
- share their achievements with parents, classmates and the community
- evaluate finished products and processes
- link what they have learnt to where they started
- celebrate their achievements
- This will end with our whole school exhibition in the hall that we would like all parents to pop in and see as you drop the children off to school.
Each project has a list of Homework ideas, which are sent out and published on the website at the start of the half term. Please help your child make at least one contribution over the project.
There are separate pages setting out Reading, Handwriting, Maths and Phonics and Spelling expectations. Class Information has further information about all areas of learning.