At Ainthorpe Primary School, we believe that our children deserve the very best education and experiences. We want them to be inquisitive, respectful, polite and happy. Alongside this, we also work hard to ensure that our children develop positive relationships and have a strong understanding of the world around them.
We cover all aspects of the National Curriculum in a broad and balanced style using a knowledge based approach. All of our children have the opportunities to further develop their reading, writing and maths skills across all of the curriculum.
Our curriculum is regularly reviewed to ensure that it is up to date and meets the needs of the children we serve. This is to ensure that they are ready for the next steps in their learning and have the skills they need in a fast-changing world.
To find out more about the subjects we cover please read below or contact us.
At Ainthorpe Primary School we teach phonics using the Read Write Inc programme. This is proven to be a very effective and engaging way to teach children letters and sounds enabling them to develop their reading and writing skills.
In Reception the pupils begin to learn a sound (letter) a day and once they have learned just six sounds, we introduce blending the sounds together to read words. After a few weeks, the children are assessed and placed into groups where bespoke teaching of the programme can take place.
Once pupils have grasped reading simple words, the scheme introduces stories and writing simple sentences. By the end of year 1, Read Write Inc enables pupils to have the skills to pass the Year 1 Phonics Screening test and be able to read and write at a high standard. Our phonics check results at Aithorpe Primary have dramatically improved since the introduction of Read Write Inc and we are predicting a rise to meet the standard level in 2021.
If you would like further information about Read Write Inc please visit the following web site and click on the parent tab to view short videos and tips how to help your child with reading and writing at home. www.ruthmiskin.com
In our Talk for Reading sessions, we use a range of aspirational and engaging texts where children are able to develop their understanding of a story as well as the vocabulary within it. Adults will listen to children read regularly, helping them to develop their fluency and expression.
We expect our children to be confident readers who are able to read a range of texts fluently whilst having good understanding of what they read.
There are many ways you can help with your child's reading at home. The Book Trust have lots of hints and tips to help.
Writing is taught using the Talk for Writing programme from Foundation Stage to Year 6. Children learn a quality text using signifiers and then imitate using their own ideas before innovating using a different context.
Across the school we look at many different forms of fictional, non-fictional and poetry writing and use these genres across many aspects of the curriculum. This helps our children to develop key writing skills which prepare them for writing in any situation as they progress throughout their education and in the wider world.
Ainthorpe Primary use SpellingShed to provide our pupils with additional spelling practice at home. The programme aligns with the English National Curriculum. With built-in scaffolding and support, Spelling Shed allows children to practise their spellings at a level that they are comfortable with. We create our own bespoke spelling lists to cater for our pupils' needs.
In the main game, children start by seeing and hearing the word before selecting the letters they need from a given selection. As the difficulty increases, the support lessens and children spell the words using a keyboard.
Our game supports phonics word lists which enable younger children to use their evolving phonemic awareness to build words with graphemes such as ‘er’ and ‘ai’, as well as single letter graphemes.
Speaking and listening skills play an important part of all of our lessons, ensuring that our children listen to and consider the opinions of others as well as being able to confidently share their own. Oracy is seen in many different forms, including class discussions/debates, paired talk, oral rehearsal and drama activities. We consistently provide students with opportunities in every subject to develop their oracy skills and scaffold this where required through sentence stems and verbal repetition, asking students to 'respond like a scholar'.
Maths at Ainthorpe is taught using three main strands: fluency, reasoning and problem solving. Every session includes 15 minutes where children develop their fluency skills including number bonds, multiplication and division facts.
The main session each day uses the Effective Maths programme which is based around the Shanghai method of teaching. We believe in mastery for all, giving every child the opportunity to develop their mastery skills each lesson.
The Effective Maths programme is based around the five big ideas. These are:
• Representation and structure
• Mathematical thinking
Mental arithmetic and mathematical fact knowledge are key components in the process of achieving mastery in mathematics. MathShed makes the acquisition of these key skills fun and engaging for pupils. Ainthorpe Primary use MathShed to provide our pupils with additional fluency practice at home. The programme aligns with the English National Curriculum.
The game aspect of MathShed ensures children are engaged and eager to practise their key maths skills regularly. The low-stakes games, quizzes and reward systems ensure that children find learning maths fun. The games are assigned for home learning on a weekly basis, with a year group leaderboard adding some healthy competition!
The children’s creative talents are developed through their experiences of art. Children take part in art weeks across the school year which culminate in an exhibition at the end of the week (where parents are welcome to attend).
The DRET enrichment programmes include many opportunities in the arts. These events are often cross-curricular which deepen learning.
The school recently achieved their Silver ArtsMark award and are currently preparing to submit evidence to achieve the Gold award.
Design & Technology (DT) plays an important role within the curriculum at Ainthorpe Primary Academy and is one of many subjects that help to fulfil our wider trust mission of creating aspirational and knowledge-rich pupils. Pupils have planned opportunities to use their creativity and imagination, to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts. The DT Curriculum includes links to designs and designers throughout history, enabling pupils to critically reflect upon and evaluate their own designs. We aim to, wherever possible, link work to other disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. This gives the learning purpose and relevance to the pupils.
The DT curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop technical knowledge and vocabulary in relation to structural design, mechanical and electrical systems and the integration of technology and food production and nutrition
- develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
- build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
- critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
- understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook
- develop the collaborative working skills needed for the world of work
Our children’s understanding of the world is developed through a curriculum that inspires their curiosity and fascination of the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Lessons equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world helps them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the framework and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
At Ainthorpe Primary School we develop children’s understanding of Britain’s past, as well as that of the wider world, through a curriculum that inspires their curiosity to know about the past. History equips pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. It helps children to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.
We also expect our children to develop an awareness and understanding of the history of Hull, including famous people, events and industries that shaped Hull.
Science is covered through the Core Knowledge Curriculum. Each half term every year group works through exciting topics which ensure that the children receive a balance of biology, physics and chemistry at an appropriate level. In addition to exposing children to the knowledge and understanding required for each of these topics, the children also complete hands-on investigations to ensure they are given opportunities to work scientifically and encourage individual scientific enquiry.
Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, therefore pupils are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They are also encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring all around us, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
Music plays a big part in the daily life of Ainthorpe Primary School. We work closely with practitioners from The Voices Foundation and are proud to be a singing school, singing a range of songs throughout our curriculum.
Our pupils will understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the interrelated dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
The DRET Music curriculum aims to ensure that all children:
• Sing with a wide range and with a variety of expression.
• Sing confidently in parts.
• Read staff notation.
• Experience playing an orchestral instrument in class ensemble (and to be given the opportunity to continue learning the instrument in smaller groups/one-to-one).
• Hear a youth or professional orchestra live.
• Hear a youth, church or professional choir live
In addition, there are opportunities for those children showing musical aptitude to be able to develop their musicianship through singing in choirs, playing in instrumental ensembles and joining local (and national) musical groups. The school’s Music Lead, guided by a DRET Primary Music Specialist, will direct these children to such ensembles.
Computing plays a central role within the curriculum at DRET and is fundamental to our wider trust mission of creating aspirational and knowledge-rich pupils. Pupils will secure an understanding of the use of technology as well as staying safe and making the correct choices. The Computing Curriculum is sequenced coherently so useful knowledge builds through three distinct strands; Programming, Multimedia and technology in our lives with e-safety underpinning all of these strands. As a result of the accumulation of essential knowledge pupils’ cultural capital and understanding of computing, disciplines will be substantial and will provide a secure foundation that will enable them to succeed in the next stage of their education.
Modern Foreign Language plays a vital role within the curriculum at Ainthorpe Primary School and is one of many subjects that will help to fulfil our wider trust mission of creating a curriculum that is broadening the horizons of young people within our academy. The teaching of languages to early learners is now widely recognised as a significant contributory factor in developing literacy, building self-confidence and broadening cultural horizons. Through learning a foreign language there are further benefits in terms of gains in listening and speaking skills, laying the foundations for future language learning.
RE at Ainthorpe Primary School follows the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education for the East Riding. This develops children’s knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes in Religious Education. These are necessary for pupils' self-fulfilment and development as active and responsible citizens. Each of the major world religions are covered within the units for the Agreed Syllabus. First-hand experiences, the use of artefacts, visits to local places of worship and visits from local religious leaders are all planned to enhance enjoyment and understanding in RE. We also enable pupils to develop their own sense of identity and knowledge, understanding and sensitivity to the needs and contributions of all citizens and to understand that that we live in a diverse society.
This is a very important cross-curricular strand, which underpins our school ethos. It is regularly covered throughout the school in a structured and incidental way. Activities relate to social skills, collaborative working and independence as well as self-esteem building and healthy lifestyles. We also complete various lessons throughout the year to develop children’s understanding of how to stay safe in different situations.
Circle Time establishes a safe structure for children to express their views and opinions on life at school. The school follows the 'Jigsaw' scheme looking at the following ‘Jigsaw Puzzles’: Being Me, Celebrating Difference, Dreams and Goals, Healthy Me, Relationships and Changing Me.
We actively encourage physical activity to aid the growth and development of children. Our P.E. curriculum reflects this.
We are following the Horizon Programme in EYFS and KS1 which develops balance, movement and basic skills such as throwing and catching, dribbling and striking. KS2 focus on a Games based curriculum covering the main sports such as football, netball, basketball, athletics and rugby, alongside a comprehensive gymnastics programme.
In Year 4 the children receive swimming instruction to develop the number of Year 6 children who can swim 25m. All children must change for P.E. Earrings or studs must be removed for all P.E. lessons. If your child has pierced ears it is best if the studs are left at home on P.E. days.
We run various sports club which run before and after school so your child can pursue their sporting interests and develop their skills.
Our trust hold Winter and Summer cup competitions so the children have the opportunity to be part of trials, training sessions and then to represent their school at a high level. Other sporting opportunities such as masterclasses and visits from elite athletes also arise throughout the year as part of the DRET enrichment programmes.
David Ross Education Trust and British Values
The Trust is very supportive of the ethos of promoting British Values, and preparing our pupils for success in a modern Britain.
A heavy reliance is placed upon broadening horizons for each and every child and this includes developing the core skills of tolerance, respect, teamwork, resilience and building self-esteem. These are all values and qualities that we feel are relevant in order to play a full and meaningful role in society, and are promoted via our extensive house system that lends itself to cultural and sporting competition, democratic principles, social mixing, the development of greater pastoral care and enhanced PSHE.