Communication Curriculum

Communication Curriculum 

The communication curriculum includes the subjects of English, Music, Spanish, P.E. and Art. As an ELKLAN-accredited Communication Friendly School, we recognise that communication skills are vital to enable pupils to reach their full potential both academically and socially. Our curriculum for these subjects promotes communicating in different ways and self-expression through timetabled lessons and whole school communication themed days, for example, through whole school art days linked to different cultures. 

Having achieved the International Schools Award, our pupils are linked to other classes around the world, developing their understanding of other cultures and providing them with opportunities to communicate with them. Additionally, our pupils have a wide range of activities to develop sporting and music skills, demonstrated by our achievement of the Gold Schools Sports Mark and participation in external music initiatives, such as Music Mark.

English Curriculum Intent

At Ashbury Meadow Primary School, we believe that a quality literacy curriculum should develop a child’s love of reading, writing and oracy.

Speaking and listening opportunities are embedded in our English curriculum. Following the Talk 4 Writing teaching sequence, we teach our pupils to speak clearly, to convey their ideas fluently and confidently and to ask questions. As a communication friendly school, systematic teaching of vocabulary is essential and our pupils are explicitly taught to use and apply ambitious vocabulary linked to their English units.

We believe in nurturing a culture where children take pride in their writing, can write clearly and accurately and adapt their language and style for a range of contexts. We want every child within Ashbury Meadow Primary School to develop their skills to be able to write with fluency and their own authorial voice, apply a sophisticated range of vocabulary within their writing, structure and organise their writing to suit their genre and to be able to re-read and edit their writing selectively to ensure their writing is better than the last piece produced.

We are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers and have rigorous systems in place to support this. We promote a love of reading in day to day lessons through carefully selected, high quality texts as well as through special events such as visits from the book bus and taking part in Manchester’s annual city wide readathon.

We believe that children need to develop a secure knowledge-base in Literacy, which follows a clear pathway of progression as they advance through the primary curriculum. We believe that a secure basis in literacy skills is crucial to a high quality education and will give our children the tools they need to participate fully as a member of society.

Art Curriculum Intent 

From EYFS to Year 6, pupils develop their artistic skills by completing sequenced units of work with cross-curricular links to their Geography and History learning. Pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the history and culture of art is developed through artist-focused and craftsperson-focused topics and whole-school art days. Pupils have the opportunity to explore art in different cultures through these whole-school art days, as well as through art activities based on a variety of celebrations during the year, such as Diwali, Eid and Environmental Day. We also offer two after-school art clubs, one specifically designed for and tailored to pupils with SEND.

PE Curriculum Intent 

P.E. teaching from Reception to Year 6 follows the sequenced primary plans by Manchester City in the Community P.E. Scheme. This is delivered by a specialist teacher in Reception and throughout Years 2-6. P.E. teaching in Nursery is planned tailored to children’s physical development and all pupils are taught to swim in Year 4. Our whole school sports day allows all pupils to demonstrate their sporting skills whilst working collaboratively as a team. Through achieving the Gold Schools Games Mark, we offer a variety of high-quality sporting opportunities. At our school, we host matches against local schools to allow pupils to compete in a range of sports. This includes the participation of targeted teams for disadvantaged pupils, least-active pupils and pupils with SEND. Through these inter-school and intra-school matches, pupils are also given the opportunity to officiate sports games. Pupils also have the opportunity to represent the school in a range of local competitions, such as cross-country, football and athletics competitions. Lunchtime sporting activities supported by pupil sports leaders ensure that all pupils are active during the day, including our daily lunchtime football league and outdoor sports stations, as well as classes completing the Daily Mile and in-class “Wake Up, Shake Up” activities. Weekly ‘Sports Superstars’ certificates awarded in celebration assembly motivate pupils to participate in these lunchtime activities. In addition to this, we offer a wide range of after-school clubs, including fitness club, multi-skills club, boys’ and girls’ football clubs and tennis club. Through the use of class and after-school Commando Jo sessions, pupils develop their collaboration, resilience and communication skills in targeted active tasks. Moreover, our rights respecting ethos enables pupils to develop the skills of fairness and respect when participating in P.E. activities.

Music Curriculum Intent 

From EYFS to Year 6, the music curriculum is delivered through the use of the online scheme Charanga, which sets out an ambitious music curriculum that develops and builds on pupils’ musical knowledge and skills. Tailored content on the Charanga website supports the music learning of pupils with SEND. A specialised drumming teacher from One Education facilitates African Drumming teaching to Year 5 pupils, as well as offering an after-school African Drumming club. Regular practical opportunities enable all pupils to apply and showcase their knowledge and skills of music, such as weekly singing assemblies, KS1 and KS2 singing squares, festive and seasonal celebrations, including Harvest assembly and Christmas and summer concerts. From Year 2 onwards, pupils have the opportunity to join the school choir, which has regular opportunities to perform to a range of audiences in our local community, including Manchester Children’s Hospital and in Young Voices.

Modern Foreign Languages Curriculum Intent

From Year 3 to Year 6, pupils develop their language skills in Spanish. The school uses The Primary Languages Network to enable teachers to plan and deliver a coherent and sequenced Spanish curriculum upon which pupils build their language skills. Teaching involves delivering specific units of work by theme which are taught half-termly. This involves pupils acquiring vocabulary, developing their grammatical knowledge and being given opportunities to apply skills independently in written and spoken tasks. This is further developed by pupils participating in a range of activities on focused whole-school cultural days. For example, learning about Spanish artists, food tasting activities and an understanding of daily life. Established partnerships with international schools enable pupils to have first-hand experience of the targeted country and its culture. Pupils also have the opportunity to sing and perform songs in Spanish in the classroom and during whole-school assemblies.

 

 

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Ashbury Meadow Community Primary School

Rylance St
Manchester
M11 3NA

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