Ashton Gate is committed to meeting the requirements of the Early Years Statutory Framework in Reception and the 2014 primary curriculum for Key Stages 1 and 2.
We are proud to offer a much broader curriculum than the statutory requirements, making the most of many and varied opportunities to broaden and enrich the curriculum for our children.
The National Curriculum provides the school with the outline of knowledge, skills and understanding that we are required to cover in school. We choose to teach much of this through creative, cross-curricular themes where children will learn different strands of the curriculum from a range of subjects, all within one common theme for a term.
Pupils at Ashton Gate come from all over the world and we aim to instil the British Values outlined by our Government in all students, so that they all understand what the people of our society see as being important and what we feel is right and wrong. At Ashton Gate, we actively promote a culture of mutual respect and tolerance, democracy, the rule of law, equal opportunities and freedom. British values permeate throughout the school curriculum and support the development of the whole child.
Ashton Gate aims to make extensive use of the wide range of opportunities and resources in our locality. This means that the school is able to provide a range of experiences for the children that will deepen their knowledge and understanding of the topics they are covering.
At Ashton Gate Primary School we believe every child should have access to quality, inspirational reading material in order that they develop a keen interest in the written word which will stay with them throughout life. Reading supports all areas of the curriculum and impacts heavily on writing ability. We strive to instil in our children the sense of excitement, fun and pleasure that can be derived through reading.
At Reception and Key Stage 1 we use ‘Letters and Sounds’ to teach Phonics. We have a 20 minute daily phonic session where the children learn about how to read and write using phonic knowledge. The children play many different phonic games to develop their understanding of how sounds make words and how words are used to make sentences. All Year 1 children participate in the National Phonic Screening in June. They read twenty real and twenty ‘psuedo’ words to test their phonic knowledge.
In Key Stage 1 Reading Time takes place daily. Guided reading is introduced in Reception in Terms 5 and 6. The children develop their word recognition and comprehension skills. At Key Stage 2 the children complete at least one written comprehension weekly which includes feedback. Additionally, the teachers at Key Stage 2 ask comprehension questions daily, in less formal situations. This includes the end of the day book and when using Power of Reading texts.
Reading for Pleasure
Each classroom has a dedicated, welcoming themed book area which includes an author/genre of the month. The children are able to enjoy books at playtime. Towards the end of the day, the teacher reads to the children from the class author or the chosen class novel. Every class has a ‘Poem of the Day’ box. Poems are stored in here and the teacher reads one a day to the children - just for fun! Children are able to access these poems at other times for their continued enjoyment. The children enjoy special reading occasions such as ‘Bedtime Stories’, National Poetry Day, Poetry Slams and World Book Day.
Parents in Partnership
Parents are encouraged to read with their child at least three times a week and record it in a reading record. Individual reading books are from Oxford Reading Tree, The X Project, Rigby Star and Collins which offer a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts for the children to enjoy. The children are able to use the online ‘Bug Club’ at home to
access a wide variety of e books at their reading level. Other useful websites for parents are www.oxfordowl.co.uk or www.lovereading4kids.co.uk or www.ictgames.co.uk or www.phonicsplay.co.uk
We love our school library which receives a generous donation from our PTA every year to update the books. Year 1 to Year 6 visit the library every week and are able to take a book to enjoy. Reception classes come up to the main library from their unit from Term 2.