Problem Solving Curriculum

Problem Solving Curriculum 

The Problem Solving Curriculum aims to ensure the effective teaching of and pupils’ love of learning in Mathematics, Computing, Design and Technology and Science. The Problem Solving Curriculum subjects develop inquisitive minds, generate a sense of curiosity amongst our pupils about the world around them and develop critical thinking skills through mastering problem solving strategies and challenges. We use these subjects and problem solving themed days to support pupils to develop a positive growth mindset, resilience and perseverance.

 

Mathematics Curriculum Intent 

The intent of our mathematics curriculum is to maximise the development of every child’s mathematical ability and provide our pupils with a variety of rich, mathematical opportunities underpinned by deep, conceptual understanding. We deliver lessons that are creative, engaging and enable pupils to master the skills of their developmental stage in order to prepare them for the next stage. We want children to make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. We intend for our pupils to be able to apply their mathematical knowledge in subjects across the wider curriculum and to gain a good understanding that mathematics is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for most forms of employment. We aim to motivate our pupils’ mathematical learning through the use of the ICT programmes Mathletics and Timestable Rockstars to embed their knowledge and skills. As our pupils progress, we intend for our pupils to have an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

Science Curriculum Intent

The National Curriculum sets out the minimum content. We ensure that our pupils have the opportunity to learn additional skills and develop their knowledge and understanding fully. Our pastoral support team provides specialist interventions including social groups and nurture room activities to enable all pupils to develop the skills needed to access the National Curriculum. From EYFS to Year 6, pupils take part in a whole school environmental day which incorporates science topics such as materials, plants and animal biology. Students take part in whole school science days with an emphasis on working scientifically and learning about significant scientists from history including those from the local area.  Children in Upper Key Stage 2 have the opportunity to visit a local high school to develop their investigational skills through the use of the laboratories.  Children have the opportunity to take part in forest school sessions with a specialist to explore the local environment and how to care for it.  The school has engaged with STEM ambassadors such as an arborist who comes into school to deliver sessions based upon surveying trees. Children will be taking part in STEM activities in and out of school on a regional and national level, with a focus on more able pupil premium students to increase their cultural capital. All children are encouraged to develop resilience and healthy minds, independence, collaboration and curiosity and a strong sense of personal morality.

Computing Intent 

The National Curriculum sets out the minimum content. We ensure that our pupils have the opportunity to learn additional skills and develop their knowledge and understanding fully. Our pastoral support team provides specialist interventions including social groups and nurture room activities to enable all pupils to develop the skills needed to access the National Curriculum. From EYFS to Year 6 pupils are engaged with the computing program Purple Mash, to help them access all areas of the computing curriculum. Ashbury Meadow operates a Purple Mash club which helps to further develop pupils’ enthusiasm and love for the subject. Pupils’ ownership over the subject is enhanced through the schools’ Digital Doctors club which promotes the e-safety values the whole school embraces. Each classroom displays and regularly refers to the schools’ e-safety rules and these are further promoted through safer internet days and assemblies: this ensures pupils are confident with keeping safe in an ever developing online world. During their time at school, pupils will use a range of electrical equipment including tablets, laptops and beebots. Computing is embedded throughout school with cross-curricular links including in music, reading and mathematics. Tapestry is used in EYFS and the provision unit to communicate with parents and guardians and create an electronic learning journey for pupils. All children are encouraged to develop resilience and healthy minds, independence, collaboration and curiosity and a strong sense of personal morality.

Design & Technology Curriculum Intent 

The National Curriculum sets out the minimum content. We ensure that our pupils have the opportunity to learn additional skills and develop their knowledge and understanding fully. Our pastoral support team provides specialist interventions including social groups and nurture room activities to enable all pupils to develop the skills needed to access the National Curriculum. From EYFS to year 6 pupils develop their resilience skills through command Joe, extra-curricular clubs within school such as pastoral cooking clubs and after school clubs. The continuous provision provided in EYFS and year 1 gives opportunities for children to develop designing, construction and evaluation skills independently through use of a variety of resources such as Lego, clay and textiles. Throughout their school life, pupils develop their growth mind set and resilience during design and technology days and build on the foundations set by EYFS. Through a range of different super learning days, such as resilience day, global day and environmental day, children are given the opportunity to practise design and technology skills across the curriculum. Specialist teachers and individuals from the community come in to school and provide DT experiences that would otherwise be inaccessible in the school environment including female engineers and a Manchester City robotics project. All children are encouraged to develop resilience and healthy minds, independence, collaboration and curiosity and a strong sense of personal morality.

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Ashbury Meadow Community Primary School

Rylance St
Manchester
M11 3NA

Main Contact: Mrs Eve Peters

Tel: 0161 989 2999
admin2@ashburymeadow.manchester.sch.uk

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