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Curriculum

The Creative Curriculum at Applecroft School:

 

At Applecroft School we believe in developing the whole child and this is evident in the curriculum on offer. We are proud of the creative and inclusive opportunities provided and the high standards of achievement and progress which are attained. The personal development achieved through our learning around the 7 Habits and PSHE scheme; our work as a Level 2 Rights Respecting school; the excellent arts learning; the many visitors and trips which enrich our learning and the diverse sporting opportunities and clubs we offer are all part of the wider curriculum. However, we continue to welcome the opportunity to review and refresh our curriculum in order to enhance learning opportunities for our pupils. Any changes we incorporate are carefully considered in line with school mission statement and shared values.

 

We believe our children should have a voice into their learning and we see the benefits both in terms of motivation and engagement when they do. Our curriculum is based on the national curriculum and is adapted to be delivered through any topic. Each term the children and their class teacher sit down and discuss the children’s interests and together decide upon the next term’s topic theme and title. The teachers’ then plan how to best deliver the curriculum content through the chosen topic.

 

Our Curriculum Maps for each year group provide an overview of the key skills covered and termly Curriculum Letters provide more detailed information to parents and carers on how these skills are going to be taught creatively through the chosen topic.

The Applecroft Adventure

The Applecroft Adventure was introduced in September 2019 having been created by all staff and children during the 2018-2019 academic year. The Learning Council worked with their individual classes to identify the life experiences that we believe ALL children should have the opportunity to take part in. Each member of the Learning Council brought their class's list and work began to identify a whole school 'adventure'.

From September 2019, the activities listed will be incorporated into the children's curriculum map for their relevant year group.

 

Reception

Jump in puddles

Visit the Park

Make a mud pie

Watch a chick hatch

Visit Father Christmas

Play pooh sticks

Any Year Group:

Build a snowman

Have a snowball fight

Catch a snowflake on your nose

Represent your school at an event

Year 1

Kick autumn leaves and make leaf piles

Smell a flower

Bake cakes and lick the spoon

Visit a Farm

Take part in an egg and spoon race

Build a home for an animal

Bring up a butterfly

Ride a bike

ALL:

Visit the library

Go to a pantomime

Plant it, grow it, eat it

Have your work published in a book

Broadcast on the radio

Run a mile

Perform on the stage

Have your work displayed in an exhibition

Sing like no one is listening

Take part in an awards ceremony

Learn to play an instrument

Learn to cook

Year 2

Make a daisy chain and grass trumpet

Fly a kite

Take part in a sack race

Follow animal tracks

Pick Fruit

Smell a flower

Visit a zoo

Hunt for bugs

Year 3

Build a den

Explore a cave

Discover what is in a pond

Paddle in the sea, jump a wave and skim a stone

Build a sand castle

Look after an animal

Catch a fish with a net

KS2:

Connect across the generations

Run your own company

Learn how to type

 

Year 4

Camp/sleep out in the open air and star gaze

Toast a marshmallow on a camp fire

Watch a film on the big screen

Climb/roll down a hill

Visit a museum

Write and record your own song

Dance like no one is watching

Year 5

Hunt for fossils

Apple-bob

Find your way with a map and a compass

Star in your own film

Rock-pooling

Visit an Art Gallery

Learn how to save a life

Year 6

Climb a tree

Go to the theatre

Rock climb

Learn how to type

Travel on a lake

Fly down a zip wire

Build a raft

The National Curriculum in England

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