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Curriculum - Intent, Implementation and Impact


At Ashton Gate, we believe that our pupils should enjoy acquiring and applying knowledge, as well as experiencing the feeling of independently achieving in a wide range of areas; we strive to be an inspiring learning community for all. Our curriculum provides pupils with a well thought-out variety of academic challenges whilst nurturing personal development; we recognise the importance of core and foundation subjects alongside physical and mental wellbeing. These elements have been carefully considered in designing a broad, balanced and ambitious curriculum for all, which gives children the knowledge and cultural capital to succeed, whichever path they take. 

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development, along with a well-planned and structured programme of personal development, underpins all our work and is monitored by the whole staff team. The curriculum is infused with opportunities to promote a Growth Mindset reflected in the characteristics of an ‘Ashton Gater’ which all pupils are exposed to and encouraged to develop.

We carefully balance the requirement for pupils to reach national expectations in core subjects with our wider curriculum aims of providing a full spectrum of thoughtful and enriching experiences which reflect the school community and the diversity of Bristol.


Subject leaders are driven and have a good knowledge of their subjects, supporting class teachers to deliver an ambitious curriculum.  Knowledge is clearly and carefully shared with children using a variety of teaching methods.  The curriculum is thoughtfully structured by subject leaders to ensure that knowledge is retained and can be recalled for independent work.  Pupils are given frequent opportunities to apply their learning in a meaningful context, which allows teachers to continually monitor misconceptions. Teachers are then able to respond; adapting the learning as appropriate and giving timely feedback to pupils about their learning, both written and verbal.  Summative assessment is carefully planned by subject leaders and is used as a tool for supporting progress.

Teachers and subject leaders ensure that the learning environment is bright, stimulating and supports pupils’ learning. Communal displays are used to celebrate and motivate across key stages.

Reading is at the heart of our curriculum and supports all areas of school life. We believe that 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.  We strive to instil in our children a sense of excitement, fun and pleasure that can be derived through reading. It is recognised that reading permeates the curriculum, so texts are sharply matched to challenge and engage all learners in all subjects. 


As a result of our evolving curriculum, all children are progressively more knowledgeable and skilled in a range of subjects, recalling facts and ideas appropriately; using their expertise to share this with others.  They read competently to gain knowledge, as well as for pleasure, producing work of good quality across the curriculum. This is reflected in national test results.  All children achieve well, can enthusiastically articulate their learning and are ready for the next stage of their education.


Further information about the curriculum delivered in each year group can be found in the 'Year Pages' pages under the 'Children' section on the Home Page of this website. 


Please contact Miss Stewart, Mr Donaldson or Mr Jones if you have any further questions relating to the curriculum.

Reading Information

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.


Teaching Phonics

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.


Guided Reading

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 or or or



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.

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