At Ashmount we believe that learning should be exciting and challenging. We try to make sure that each school day brings new experiences, challenges and opportunities for all our children. It is our intention to provide children with the best possible learning experiences to help them to become successful committed learners, confident independent individuals and responsible citizens.
Our curriculum inspires and engages our pupils through a project based approach. Wherever possible, children will learn in a contextual way. Each half term, children begin a new topic through which they will learn English, maths, science, geography, history, RE, PE and PSHE. We mix a rich cross-curricular approach to make learning fun, with discrete teaching of specialist subjects such as computing, foreign languages, music and physical education. At Ashmount music is taught by specialist teachers in our music and drama studio.
Our children experience a range of workshops with visitors and regular educational visits in and around London. We have themed learning weeks throughout the year, including Arts Week, STEM Week and Sports and Healthy Living Week. Our school building, on the edge of the tree-lined Parkland Walk, provides children with a unique and enriching learning environment.
We teach Phonics following the Letters and Sounds programme. Letters and Sounds is a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven. For more information please see Letters and Sounds DFES.
Woven throughout the curriculum, and the broader experiences the children have, is the promotion of fundamental British values. There is an emphasis on promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of the child as well as the broader Ashmount community. Understanding where and how a child can not only fit in but also contribute to making the world a better place is essential for us here. Opportunities for children to learn and appreciate British values, along with develop spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, are planned for carefully. We have an active school council and every child at the school is a member. The council meets each half term in mixed year group groups to discuss and decide on issues that impact the school community.
At Ashmount pupils in our Nursery and Reception Classes follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. This curriculum is play based, and involves children self-selecting activities, whole class activities and small adult led activities by the teachers and support staff. Adults very carefully observe the children and plan progress for each of them by intervening in play and also planning targeted teaching to move learning forward.
For an overview of our topics in Years 1 to 6 please click this link: Topic Overview Year 1 to 6
For more detailed information on Nursery and Reception and individual year groups, please go to the year group curriculum pages on the right-hand side of this page.
Our PE curriculum: PE Curriculum
Our PSHCE Schemes of Work: PSHCE Whole School Overview
Our Cooking and Nutrition Map: Cooking and Nutrition Map