History and Geography are taught through a cross-curricular programme of topics.
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History fires children’s curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world. Children consider how the past influences the present, what past societies were like, how these societies organised themselves and what beliefs and cultures influenced people’s actions. As they do this, children develop a chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people.
Children will develop skills through researching, sifting through evidence and arguing their point of view – skills that will prepare them for adult life.
Geography provokes and answers questions about the natural and human world. It develops knowledge of places and environments throughout the world, an understanding of maps, and a range of problem- solving and investigative skills both inside and outside the classroom.
Geography is an important link between the natural and social sciences, and is a focus within the curriculum for understanding and resolving issues about the environment and sustainability
Music is essentially a practical subject. Children are encouraged to sing, compose and use musical instruments in order to develop their creative and performance skills. Through active listening, children’s awareness and understanding of different periods, styles and genres are developed.
The school provides all children with the opportunity to sing in the school choirs, both infant and junior.
At present, children have individual instrumental lessons learning the piano, guitar, trumpet, clarinet, flute and violin.
Art is for most children a natural form of expression and a source of great pleasure. We encourage children to develop their creative and imaginative talents through learning skills and techniques and using a variety of materials and tools. When possible we call on the expertise of practising artists to enhance and support the children’s learning. The use of sketchbooks for children to record and experiment in are used through the school. They are also used to track progression and skills development.
Children also learn to appreciate works of art and use artistic language to describe paintings, sculptures and other artefacts. This may include a visit to a local or national gallery.
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DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY
Children develop practical skills in Design Technology by working with a variety of materials such as wood, clay, textiles and food. They will acquire knowledge of materials, mechanisms and structures.
They are helped to apply this knowledge and develop skills in designing, making and evaluating their work. We place strong focus on sustainability in our DT work.
We aim to develop agility, co-ordination and confidence through physical activity. All children have two sessions of P.E. a week. Dance, gymnastics, swimming, games and outdoor and adventurous activities are taught during these sessions.
We encourage a competitive spirit and recognise the value of co-operation and fair play with others. We have a football team and a netball team. Both friendly matches and competitive league games are played throughout the year.
Our Year 5 children have the opportunity to swim at the nearby Xcel Leisure Centre. Their lessons cover the following skills:
- Swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
- Use a range of strokes effectively – for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke
- Perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations
There is an annual Sports Day held in the Summer Term. We also participate in the inter-schools District Sports athletics competition.
Years 4 and 6 children are given the opportunity to take part in a Cycling Proficiency scheme.
HEALTH & WELLBEING (PSHCE)
Health and Wellbeing helps to give children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active and responsible citizens.
Children are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of their school and communities. In doing so they recognise their own worth, learn to work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own actions.
They are also given opportunities to reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues. They find out about the main political and social institutions that affect their lives and about their responsibilities, rights and duties as individuals and members of communities.
At Ashley, our children learn to understand and respect our common humanity, diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning.
Ashley School has achieved Healthy Schools status in recognition of our outstanding work in promoting a healthy lifestyle with our children and wider community.
MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES
All children in Key Stage 2 receive one hour of French each week. This is usually in the form of a 30 minute lesson followed by 2 x 15 minute reinforcement sessions.