At Asquith Primary School we are constantly evaluating the effectiveness of our curriculum and adapting the way in which we approach learning and teaching so that our curriculum is current and meets the needs of all our pupils.
In the 2020 term, we remodelled our curriculum to ensure that it is broad and engaging, preparing pupils for life in an ever changing and challenging world.
Our curriculum has six branches- six 'intentions' which will span all areas of learning and enable our pupils to 'grow to succeed' It is our mission that every child, everyday will grow to succeed as a result of our Asquith vision, provision and accompanying spirit!
Alongside the introduction of the National Curriculum, we have worked with Liz Greensides from GAL Education, who has produced a development of skills and knowledge content for planning progression through the National Curriculum 2014. This is called 'The Rainbow Continuum', which outlines learning and a progression of learning in Key Stages 1 and 2 across all statutory subjects.
More information about this and a copy to view can be obtained from the school office on request. Social Moral Spiritual and Cultural understanding form the core of our curriculum ethos.
Learning is embedded across all subjects and it is highlighted in our parent friendly plans, posted half termly on the year group pages within the curriculum tab.
Key Curriculum Areas
At Asquith Primary School we believe that reading should be a fundamental part of childhood and a skill which should be developed to support lifelong learning. Our aim is to develop and embed a strong, sustainable reading culture within our school community. We are striving towards our children becoming confident and competent readers, who will foster a love of reading through a rich and varied experience of texts. We hope that in doing this our children will become empowered to exercise freedoms of choice and independence. Our role is to inspire our children to read for pleasure and offer them varied and rich opportunities in which to do so.
At Asquith Primary School we want all children to perceive themselves as a writer and to be motivated to write. We aim to prepare and equip children with the writing skills they need to become confident, independent writers and bring enjoyment into writing to inspire them. Through a balanced and broad curriculum, we intend to provide regular opportunities for children to write for different purposes across the curriculum, e.g. write for to entertain, write to record, write to persuade. We want to ensure that all children, regardless of background and experiences, are provided with the scaffolding support and tools that they need to succeed.
Our vision for maths ensures every pupil is given a broad, balanced, engaging and relevant curriculum that takes into account the requirements of the National Curriculum.
Our aim is:
- To foster positive attitudes, fascination and excitement of discovery through the teaching and learning of mathematical concepts.
- To develop a ‘can do’ attitude in our children, especially when problem solving and pattern sniffing.
- To broaden children’s knowledge and understanding of how mathematics is used in the wider world by making rich and varied real life connections.
- To enable our pupils to confidently reason about their mathematics, using a suitable range of mathematical language, recognising its importance for communication and deep thinking.
- To use a wide range of models, visual manipulatives and practical resources to develop a deep conceptual understanding alongside procedural fluency.
- To implement the current legal requirements of the Foundation Stage (EYFS) and the New National Curriculum.
Asquith Primary School recognises the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life and therefore we aim for the children to gain Science Capital on their learning journey at Asquith. We will do this by ensuring that each Science lesson consists of knowledge, skills and working scientifically as well as being taught through one of the enquiry types to enhance the children’s learning. We will also enrich the curriculum with visits, visitors and experiences to develop the children’s natural curiosity.
At Asquith we are committed to the development of the children's social, emotional skills, health and well-being. Our vision is to enable pupils to become well rounded individuals, who can make right choices to enable themselves to be healthy, independent and responsible young people. We want them to be resilient, confident, assertive members of the community who can take risks but also know how to stay safe within different environments. We want all children to have a high self-esteem and understand how to develop safe and healthy relationships with others.
RE stands for Religious Education and is very closely linked to SMSC. At Asquith Primary we follow "Believing and Belonging in West Yorkshire." This is the agreed syllabus for Religious Education in Leeds.
It states that: "Human beings have two polar instincts: a hard-wired fear of difference, perceiving the ‘other’ as a threat, fuelling resentment, hatred and division; and its antithesis, a profound emotional capacity for empathy, sensing the hurts, hopes and joys of other individuals and communities. In this paradox lies hope. If RE can support the nurture of empathy, it will also help young people to celebrate common humanity, rather than being lured into a cul-de-sac of hatred, anger and division. Well-prepared and challenging RE will help to inspire young people to learn from others and discover the value of empathy. This syllabus will provide a framework to explore the rich heritage of faiths and beliefs but also the opportunity to develop critical and reflective skills that will support each student in discovering their own journey of purpose and meaning."
The Art curriculum at Asquith allows children to have access to a range of skills, progressing over their years at our school. Children will build on their current knowledge, have time to practise this, refine it, and experiment with it. Children will have access to skills across all areas of Art and Design- drawing, collage, painting, printing, textiles, photography and sculpture. The Art curriculum will enrich their life, opening doors and broadening their minds, both culturally, and artistically. Art lessons aim to build confidence with artistic skills, and in turn build children's confidence in other areas of their academic and personal lives.
At Asquith Primary School our music curriculum intends to inspire creativity, self-expression and unity within our school, the local community and the wider world. We intend to use music to build confidence, so that pupils can learn from Music as well as create their own. By listening and appraising, performing and composing Music, Pupils will develop an appreciation of how significant historical and cultural events can and have shaped lives. This will not only help them to connect with others, but give pupils at Asquith their own opportunity to make their voices heard in their own unique, personal and creative way.
At Asquith Primary School our aim is to inspire all children to establish a love and desire to take part in physical activity and sports. Whilst following the National Curriculum, we will provide children with quality first physical education that help children to show our school values, develop confident and resilient individuals and children who strive to always achieve their full potential. Our school listens to the needs of our children and will always try to provide them with a range of different experiences. We aim to provide our children with skills and values that will assist them long after they have left Asquith.
Every school receives a sports grant as part of the Olympic legacy from London 2012.
Assessing Progress and Attainment
PE Partner use a Spiral Curriculum approach to education, that introduces key concepts to students at a young age and covers these repeatedly, with increasing degrees of complexity. For more information about this see the pdf. link below. We are also looking to begin running a more games based curriculum through teacher led sessions with the help of our friends at PE Partner.
School Sports Partnership
The School Sports Partnership website for our school provides information about upcoming competitions and clubs affiliated with Asquith Primary.
Leeds United Foundation
We are proud to be working alongside Premier League Primary Stars. This year we will be working closely with coaches to plan and deliver fun and engaging PE activities to help pupils develop their skills in everything from balance and coordination to athletics and throwing skills. In addition to this, challenging topics such as resilience, diversity and self-esteem, will be brought to life by personal insights from children and top figures of the sporting world.
We have been lucky enough to work with the Leeds United Foundation for a number of years now and we are still excited to be getting involved in player meets and fundraisers. We have had some amazing prizes and got the chance to meet former goalkeeper Bailey Peacock. We look to continue our good relationship with the football club and are thrilled to be cheering them on in their Premier League campaign!
School Games Mark
We are incredibly proud to be awarded a gold School Games Award for three consecutive years and we were well on our way to achieving a fourth in 19/20. A huge part of winning these awards is due to our level of participation in physical activity. In addition to the two hours of PE each week and a weekly mile run, we also take part in competitions and clubs both in and out of school. This is something we are very proud of!
Swimming lessons run throughout the year in Year 4 classes only although due to the pandemic this year, Year 5 will also be taking part in swimming lessons. Please click the link to read advice for parents about swimming in school.
History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. Here at Asquith Primary School, the teaching of history nurtures the creativity, curiosity and independence of the pupils by allowing them to interpret and reflect on the world they live in. We expect all children to explore and appreciate how the past has shaped the present. We strive to educate our pupils for effective membership and leadership in a global political, social and economic community by providing an understanding of major world cultures. Additionally, by incorporating local history studies into our curriculum the pupils will gain a deep and meaningful understanding of the community in which they live.
Geography is essentially about understanding the world we live in. It helps to provoke and provide answers to questions about the natural and human aspects of the world. Here at Asquith Primary School, the teaching of geography nurtures the creativity, curiosity and independence of the pupils by allowing them to interpret and reflect on the world they live in. Geography enables children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas. Geography is an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. We strive to educate our pupils for effective membership and leadership in a global political, social and economic community by providing an understanding of major world cultures.
The Spanish curriculum at Asquith Primary School enables children to develop a deeper understanding of the wider world and other cultures. We want children to engage with and enjoy learning a foreign language and we use a range of teaching and learning activities to promote pupil engagement, wellbeing and enjoyment. Through teaching Spanish, we want to lay the foundations for future language learning and equip children with skills that they can build on to become global citizens.
The computing curriculum at Asquith Primary School allows children to feel safe and confident while using computers and accessing the internet as a whole. Computing and IT are undoubtedly an essential part of daily life and we want our children to be able to use technology responsibly and sensibly, skills that can be taken into adulthood. We have a variety of tools to ensure they become digitally literate, and we encourage the children to express themselves and develop their ideas through information and computer technology.
D&T should provide children with a real life context for learning. At Asquith Primary School we want to allow children to aspire to be more through creating opportunities for them in the wider world. Through the D&T curriculum, children should be inspired by engineers, designers, chefs and architects to enable them to create a range of structures, mechanisms, textiles, electrical systems and food products with a real life purpose.
During recent years it has become increasingly important to be able to move to adapt to the ever changing needs of the children and society. With this in mind we have incorporated our remote learning platform into our curriculum so our offerings can be as dynamic as possible with minimal disruption to the children.
What our pupils say
'Our teachers make learning fun and try to link things together. We enjoy history and like it when we end the topic with a celebration assembly or themed day'.
'We enjoy maths, we get a lot done!'
'The topic on Morley in Year 2 was really interesting, and learning about Dinosaurs in Year 3. We had to work out where our fossil came from!'