We believe that literacy and communication are key life skills and that
through the English curriculum we help children develop the skills and
knowledge that will enable them to communicate effectively through spoken and
written language. We choose inspiring, quality texts which introduce children to
a wide range of literary genres and we encourage them to enjoy reading and
develop a love of books. Our library provides a wide range of fiction, poetry
and non-fiction books for the children to choose from and borrow. In literacy
lessons and through our learning journeys, we provide opportunities for pupils
to develop their reading, writing, drama and spoken language skills across the
curriculum. We teach pupils to have fluent and legible handwriting,
and take pride in the presentation of their work.
An overview of the English Curriculum for Years 3 - 6 can be found here.
All Saints' English Policy can be found here.
We aim to develop a positive attitude to Maths by ensuring that the children are learning in a challenging and accessible working environment. We emphasise to children the importance of maths in their future lives and education.
At All Saints we have a highly structured programme of daily lessons following the National Curriculum Objectives, allowing your child to progress from concrete experiences to abstract concepts at an appropriate pace. Importance is given to the relevance of mathematical understanding and its use in practical situations.
Pupils are involved in mental mathematics, problem solving activities, mathematical projects, computational skills and the use of mathematical knowledge and skills in other curriculum areas. Computer programmes are also used to generate and reinforce mathematical concepts; such as 123 Maths, Sumdog and MyMaths.
The science curriculum was updated in 2014 and provides the basics for understanding the world through biology, chemistry and physics. Science is vital to the world's future, and at All Saints, pupils are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key skills and ideas, pupils are encouraged to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They learn how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and explain causes.
The academy has continued to improve and expand its provision of ICT hardware and software. The ICT Suite has a range of netbooks, laptops and PCs and broadband/NGN connection ensures quick access to the internet for staff and children. Each class has its own set of tablets and an interactive whiteboard to support and engage pupils in their learning.
In our computing lessons, we teach pupils to use hardware and software, as well as focussing regularly on e-safety - which is also incorporated across the whole school curriculum. In addition, children are now taught computer programming through the Espresso Coding programme, in line with the new requirements of the National Curriculum. This ensures that children develop an understanding of designing, writing and debugging programs that accomplish specific goals. Furthermore, they learn the principles of algorithms and variables, as well as networks and search technologies.
is always a popular subject at All Saints. With the national changes introduced in 2014, there are greater opportunities for us to learn about the
history of our local community in greater detail. As well as this, our curriculum
covers the broad range of history topics from other cultures, such as ‘the
Romans’; ‘South American History’ and ‘Ancient Egypt’. Children learn about
British history in depth, exploring our past – from Stone Age Britain through
to Britain in the twentieth century. We place a real emphasis on children
developing good history skills, including
their ability to research and collect information; to test the reliability of
historical evidence and to interpret events and draw conclusions from them. We hold special history-themed events, such as our ‘Ancient Greek’ or ‘Victorian’ days, along
with visits to important historical sites to provide our children with exciting and interactive experiences that bring history to life!
We aim to teach geography in a way which inspires a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. Lessons help pupils develop their knowledge about places, people, resources and habitats, together with a deep understanding of the Earth's key physical and human processes.
The Academy has strong links with All Saints Church and very much wants to preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at parish and diocesan level.
Collective Worship is held each day led by the staff and ministers visit every week from local churches to take assembly.
The All Saints RE curriculum is based on the East Sussex scheme of work. Pupils explore challenging questions about what it means to be human; the ultimate meaning and purpose of life; issues of right and wrong and beliefs about God. Pupils learn about the values and teachings of Christianity and other world faiths, developing their awareness and understanding of relieious beliefs and practices through a variety of themes and cross-curricular lessons. Children learn about the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures.
both class teacher and sports coaches, we have a curriculum which inspires all
pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding
activities. It provides opportunities for pupils to become physically confident
in a way which supports their health and fitness. The children also have opportunities to compete outside
of school in clubs and other activities which build character and help to establish values such as fairness and respect.
An overview of PE teaching across Years 3 - 6 can be found here.
We employ Music Express Online for our class music teaching. This provides a comprehensive set of teaching activities to support the revised National Curriculum for music. It takes a topic-based, cross-curricular approach to support children's learning through music.
Our lessons incorporate many examples of music styles from different times and places. These are explored through the language of music via active listening, performing and composing activities, which help the children to understand how music is created, as well as performed.
Modern Foreign Languages
At All Saints we believe that learning a language from an early age is of vital importance. Not only can it be fun and exciting, but language learning enables children to develop confidence in communication skills, both in the target language and their native language.
All Saints has chosen to teach French to fulfil the requirement of the national curriculum in Modern Foreign Languages. Formal teaching is delivered weekly by the Class Teacher, and learning is acquired through the use of songs, actions, repetition, stories, written work and role play. Sometimes, we give French instructions or use responses in activities such as playground games and PE activities, which encourage the children to practise their listening and responding in a more informal way.
Art and Design
Our pupils develop a range of skills in both 2 and 3 dimensions across the curriculum for Art. Lessons are generally linked to the learning journey themes, which provides opportunities for children to study the work of particular artists and designers in a genuine context. Our pupils are able to gain a real insight into the professional practices of local artists through the community art projects that we are often involved with. Children develop their understanding of colour and tone, pattern and shape, and work with a variety of media – including painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture.
Design and Technology
Technology is also taught largely through the main learning journey topics of
the curriculum. Through mainly practical activities, children learn about designing and making, using a variety of materials and tools. They develop skills such as
cutting, shaping and joining accurately, as well as the process of
researching, designing and evaluating their work. Children also learn about basic
mechanical and electrical systems and how computing is used to programme,
monitor and control products.