At Ashlands we are passionate about providing the children with a broad and balanced curriculum, which is rich and meaningful. We are committed to developing young learners who will leave us in Year 6 ready to go onto their next step of learning, feeling positive about themselves and well equipped to reach their full potential.
We have developed our own bespoke Integrated Curriculum at Ashlands and therefore much of the children’s learning here at Ashlands is theme-based and cross-curricular. Our Integrated Curriculum themes are planned to include relevant links to many subjects, but where this is not possible subjects such as Science and Music are taught discreetly. In most instances P.S.H.E and R.E. are taught as discreet subjects.
The curriculum is divided into three stages:
Early Years Foundation Stage (nursery and reception)
Key Stage 1 (Years 1 – 2)
Key Stage 2 (Years 3—6)
We follow the Early Years Curriculum in the Foundation Stage, which is organised into the following prime areas of learning
And into specific areas of learning which are:
All of the above are underpinned by the characteristics of effective learning:
We use Tapestry to record the children’s development. Parents can log onto the system to view their child’s progress and contribute to it.
The subjects which comprise our curriculum are:
Core subjects: Maths, English and Science
Foundation subjects: History, Geography, Computing, Art and Design, Design Technology, Music and Physical Education.
Other subjects: R.E. and P.S.E.
In KS2 children learn a foreign language.
Ashlands has an inclusive approach to educating children with Special Needs and welcomes all children into the school community. We take special pride in the facilities we offer to pupils with Special Needs. Class teachers differentiate work according to children’s abilities and ensure that what they plan meets the needs and interests of all children. The Special Needs Coordinator works closely with the staff to ensure planned provision.
The policy of this school is to be totally inclusive and to make all children and their parents welcome. Children have varied educational needs whether they are boys or girls, members of ethnic minorities, children who have learning difficulties and/or mental or physical disabilities or because of personal, family or social circumstances. Therefore within the curriculum and the after school activities provided at Ashlands we promote equal opportunities for all our children.
Sex and Relationships Education (RSE) is taught alongside the P.S.H.E. curriculum at Key Stage 1 and 2. Where necessary we draw on specialist help from outside agencies, such as educators from Coram Education, our school nurse who comes into the school regularly, or from Community Health Visitors who are also able to provide us with resources.
RSE is approached through units of work, ‘Growth’ in Year One, ‘Healthy Bodies’ in Year 3 and specialist outside agencies deliver a puberty talk and workshop to children in Upper Key Stage 2. These policies have been developed by staff, in consultation with governors and parents.
In addition we seek to answer children’s questions honestly as they arise. The depth of an answer given will of course depend on the age and maturity of the child asking the question. At all times we stress the need for stable and loving relationships in connection with any teaching relating to sex education.
School visits take place throughout the year, linking with topics studied in the classroom. A voluntary contribution towards the cost of these visits is normally requested. All visits / trips are covered by personal and all risk insurance. We also offer a residential trip, at a cost, for the Year 6 pupils.
At Ashlands, Religious Education is taught in accordance with the Bradford Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. Although the school is non-denominational we are keen to provide an introduction to the traditions and celebrations of faiths and cultures which enrich our wider community.
Parents have the right to request that their children are withdrawn from religious lessons and assemblies on the grounds of conscience. You are asked to write to the Headteacher to request exemption. Where this is the case the child will be suitably supervised elsewhere in school.
Children in Year 5 have the opportunity of improving their biking skills through a Cycling Proficiency Programme which is run in the summer term.
Children in Year 3 and 4 have swimming lessons at Ilkley Pool on a Friday morning as part of the National Curriculum. These are rotated through the classes with each class attending for a term.